A Deep and Meaningful Youth Ministry Program

DTS can be used as a stand-alone youth ministry program or as a compliment to an already established youth ministry program

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Inspiring the Youth of Today to Become the Saints of Tomorrow

"My love for God has grown by leaps and bounds."


I was brought to DTS by a friend. I'm a confirmed Catholic, but had been attending a Protestant church at the time and, through DTS and my experiences over the past few months, I have been brought back to the grace and strength of the Church. My love for God has grown by leaps and bounds. I now feel ready to leave home, go to college, and face life with discipline and faith in God to carry me through. - Mary L., Member

What Our Young People are Saying

DTS looks at the bigger things in life – beyond the natural to the super natural. We learn that the Saints, intercessory prayer, the Eucharist, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are real and are presented in a way anyone can understand. DTS is a sneak peek at the world beyond this world!

Lisa S.

Ohio

I enjoy it! I enjoy the people! I enjoy learning what we learn!

Andrea T.

Wisconsin

Dead Theologians Society is a great way to educate teenagers about the Saints and how they lived like Christ. In turn, the teens can use this information to aid them in their quest to be Christ-like.

Kyle S.

New Jersey

Its been fun to watch it grow. It’s a great place to hang out, and you can ask those hard questions. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to learn about our faith!

Shannon B.

New York

Our Impact On Your Parish

Parishes regularly report to us the blessed results DTS has born in the lives of their parish teens and young adults such as:

Mass Attendance

Increased Mass attendance among teen and college age population

Vocations

Inspires vocations to religious life and/or a life of service

Confirmation

Increased pre-Confirmation enthusiasm and post-Confirmation attendance at Mass and youth/parish activities
 

Participation

Increased interest in young people participating in parish life, service, and other ministries

Sacramental Life

Increased reception of the Sacraments, especially Communion and Confession

Faith Formation

Increased faith formation and a deeper prayer life

A Far-Reaching Network of
Catholic Youth Ministry

Since our beginning in 1997

  • The Most Reverend Alphonsus Cullinan
    I have known Mr. Eddie Cotter of DTS for several years since my time in Limerick Diocese. I met Eddie in the company of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. It was then that I learned of his great work using the example of the lives of the saints as a tool to teach our Catholic faith. I am delighted to be associated with Eddie and now, as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Diocese, I am very happy to welcome him to start up the work of Dead Theologians Society here in my diocese. I warmly recommend his work and wish him every blessing and success.
    The Most Reverend Alphonsus Cullinan
    Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Ireland
  • Through the years, the Dead Theologians Society has worked here in the Diocese of Madison to bring young people closer to Himself. Through the lives of the saints, young people have been encouraged to grow in holiness and seek God’s particular will in their lives. Indeed, some of those from our diocese who are currently discerning calls to the priestly or religious life, including several of our seminarians, had the seeds of their vocation nurtured in DTS. This apostolate is headquartered and active in the Diocese of Madison and has proven to be both enjoyable and successful in catechizing and evangelizing youth and young adults.
    Most Reverend Donald Joseph Hying
    Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin
  • The reason for DTS’s effectiveness lies in its simple focus – to present the saints as role models and heroes for young people.  Not only does DTS empower young people to live lives of holiness and justice, but it also empowers adults to share the Gospel with teens.  Anyone can tell a story.”
    The Most Reverend Jerome Listecki
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The Dead Theologians Society, which I happily invited to the Diocese of La Crosse in the year 2002, has very effectively carried out the New Evangelization among the youth and their families whom it serves. The apostolate, firmly grounded in the teaching of the Scriptures, the Ecumenical Councils, the Fathers of the Church and the Saints, and nurtured by prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, draws young people to an ever-deeper knowledge of Christ and His Church, and a corresponding more fervent love of God and of neighbor. I am happy to commend the Dead Theologians Society to individual families and to parishes, as a most effective form of Catholic youth ministry.
    His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
  • I started DTS when I was Pastor of Saint Paul's Newman Center on the campus of Wichita State University in the early 1990's. When I went to Rome in 1996 to begin my work at the Vatican, I continued DTS with the college students at the University of Dallas Rome campus during the 6.5 years I served as the UD Rome chaplain. To this day, I receive emails from old DTS students who are now married and deep into their vocations, about questions of the faith and issues that came up years ago in our DTS sessions. One of my students at the Newman Center at WSU went on to become a priest in Wichita. He has had huge success with DTS. This apostolate provides a wonderful setting for young people to study the Catholic faith in an informal and fun atmosphere. It also introduces them to the great super-heroes of the faith.
    Most Reverend James D. Conley
    Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver
  • It is my pleasure to endorse the Dead Theologians Society and its work of evangelization among Catholic youth and young adults. It is a joy to support the work of the Dead Theologians Society here in the Diocese of Venice in Florida and I am happy to recommend DTS to families and to parishes throughout the world.
    The Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
    Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida
  • It is a pleasure to recommend The Dead Theologian's Society to all those who are looking for an effective and faithful Catholic Youth program for their parishes. When the lives of the saints are unpacked for Catholic youth, a host of graces becomes available for the Church. Examples of heroic virtue and faith in the face of challenges can inspire and shape the teenage lives in ways so many youth programs simply cannot. It is not too much to say that the lives of the saints are living catechisms, written by the grace of God in these lives. May the Lord bless this line apostolate and continue to bring its message and ministry to dioceses around the world!
    Bishop Robert Baker
    Bishop of Birmingham
  • The Dead Theologians Society is so named as to point to the great saints of the Church whose spiritual and theological wisdom is still a great source of encouragement and light for all of us. The Dead Theologians Society seeks to call our wonderful young people to be saints of today and tomorrow by reflecting on the spiritual and theological wisdom of the saints of the past. This core or substance of their focus is expressed in very contemporary pedagogical approaches which young people find attractive. It seems to me that The Dead Theologians Society approach would be perfect for your high school youth ministry or responding to the need of continuing formation of the post Confirmation young people. I cannot think of a better approach for use with this particular age group. . . . I commend Eddie Cotter and The Dead Theologians Society to all of you in the earnest hope that many of you will make contact with him and give serious consideration to the live that Christ can breathe into the young people in your parish family through this particular ministry.  
    The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino
    Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin (now deceased)
  • The goal of the Dead Theologians Society is to bring the lives and writings of the saints to the youth of today, in order that they might be challenged and encouraged to grow in holiness. The Dead Theologians Society has tremendous potential, not only to lead our young people to a deeper love of God, but also to serve as a wonderful point of unity for the youth of our Diocese.
    The Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa
    Bishop of Santa Rosa, CA
  • This relatively new outreach to youth concentrates on scripture, prayer, doctrine, and study of the towering saints and theologians of the Church, and has met with amazing success in parishes where youth ministers have introduced it. I am delighted to endorse this promising evangelical and catechetical endeavor.
    His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
    Archdiocese of New York, NY
  • The Dead Theologians Society, which I happily invited to the Diocese of La Crosse in the year 2002, has carried out very effectively the New Evangelization among the youth and their families whom it serves. The apostolate, firmly grounded in the teachings of the Scriptures, the Ecumenical Councils, the Fathers of the Church and the Saints, and nurtured by prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, draws young people to an ever deeper knowledge of Christ and His Church, and a corresponding more fervent love of God and neighbor. I am happy to commend The Dead Theologians Society to individual families and to parishes, as a most effective form of Catholic youth ministry.

    His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
    archbishop and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta