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Missio Dei

NOTE: The Mentor role in this program is much different than for the other programs. The Youth must work with a Program Coordinator for this award.

Notes for Youth

  • An orientation is required before beginning work on this award.
Schedule an Orientation
  • Project requirements (Chapter 4):
    • Each youth must complete his/her own project.
    • Projects must take a minimum of 6 hours over at least 1 month.
    • Submit Mission Event Proposal worksheet to Program Coordinator - project must be approved by a Program Coordinator by January 15th in order to receive the award at the spring ceremony.
  • Submit Take Action Project Proposal worksheet to Program Coordinator.
  • Submit 1-paragraph Missio Dei Mission Event Summary when the event is complete.
  • Meet with Program Coordinator for an exit interview once project and award book are complete.

Notes for Parents

Notes for Mentors

(Adult Adviors/Mentors)

  • Register Youth before attending Orientation.
  • Encourage Youth as they complete all 4 chapters in the book.
  • Verify all requirements are met (review award book).
  • Ensure forms are properly filled out and signed.
  • Take completed books to the parish designate for signature.
  • Submit award applications and pay fees.

Required Adult Training

(see Adult Training page for more details)
  • Safe Haven (formerly called VIRTUS)
  • GHACCYO Mentor Training
  • GHACCYO Missio Dei Training

Missio Dei medalMissio Dei patchThe Missio medal program is designed for students in grades 11-12. The program invites young people to explore missionary discipleship and their own religious identity. Missio was jointly created by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States and the NFCYM.

It includes prayer, journaling, engaging with other world changers, and a “Take Action” project that responds to our baptismal call to missionary discipleship.

The adult leader guide can be purchased separately. Each youth needs his/her own book.


  • Application for Missio Dei Recognition (p. 79)
  • Participant Evaluation of Missio Dei Program (p. 81) – filled out by youth
  • Parent/Adult Advisor Evaluation of Missio Dei Program (p. 83) - filled out by parent
  • Group Advisor/Mentor Evaluatio of Missio Dei Program (p. 85) - filled out by Mentor (one per group)

Don't forget! 4 signatures are needed on the application:

 1. Youth   3. Mentor (Adult Advisor/Mentor)
 2. Parent  4. Parish Designate
Missio Dei book

Age of Youth

11th and 12th Grade

Approximate Commitment

1 year
Service Project

Award Received At

Archdiocesan Ceremony
Parish Ceremony
Troop Ceremony

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