December 2-4, 2022 – Kardinal König Haus, Vienna, Austria

The MEKT-Youth-Team cordially invites you to its 4th International Youth Pastoral Conference.

Registration is closed!



The MEKT International Youth Pastoral Conference on synodality will be held in the midst of the synodal process of the church. The invited conference speakers focus on
the connection between the biblical and theological fundament concerning the field of missionary synodality amoung youth, new perspectives arising from its deliberations and the
connection to the participants´ understanding of the term synodality. The possibilities to experience synodality for youth pastoral experts in a practical way and engage in the countries‘ ‘listening-and-learning‘ sessions will be of major value for the conference and their participants.

December 2, 2022

12.00 Arrival – Lunch

14.00 Start of the Conference

Speaker: Stephan Turnovszky

Small groups

Holy mass

Evening: Presentation of the countries

December 3, 2022

Speaker: Sr. Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ

Speaker: Fr. Branislav Kožuch

Listening and learning session

The MEKT conference will open the space for exchange and networking. In the Listening and learning session, conference attendees will get the chance to share and discuss projects and ideas – listen to and learn from each other. These projects may be innovative and creative examples of youth work in the participants’ home countries and a source of inspiration to others.

Evening: Surprise Social Event

December 4, 2022

Small groups

Conclusion of the conference

Holy mass

13.00 Departure – Lunch

You´ll find the detailed program in the Conference´s booklet. MEKT 2022 booklet


© Lorenzo Moscia

Sr. Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ

Xaviere sister,  Under-Secretary to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

© Branislav Kožuch

Fr. Branislav Kožuch

Director of V.I.A.C. – Institute for Support and Development of Youth, Priest of the Diocese of Spiš

© Stephan Schönlaub

Stephan Turnovszky

Austrian Youth Bishop, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Vienna


Costs for the conference are adapted to the costs of living in the participating countries. The participation fee includes accommodation and food as well as social events during the conference days. Participation fee will be reduced if accommodation is not necessary. Please contact the conference management for more information.

30 Euros

Bosnia and Herzegovina

40 Euros

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia

50 Euros

Croatia, Slovenia

75 Euros

Austria, Germany, South Tyrol

85 Euros

Switzerland, Others

If you can not afford the participation fee, please contact the conference management and there will be a solution found.

Registration is closed!


Kardinal König Haus
Education Center of the Jesuits and Caritas
Kardinal-König-Platz 3
1130 Vienna, Austria


The first evening will be an international and cultural one where the participants get to know each other. We kindly ask to prepare a short and creative presentation of their own country: a song, a dance, a short theatre scene, etc.

For personal preparation, we kindly recommend to read:


Contact person

Daniela Freitag David
Conference Management

Katholische Jugend Österreich
(Catholic Youth of Austria)

T +43 1 516 11 1151


The MEKT Youth-Team has it’s origin in the youth program of the Pilgrimage of the Nations during the 2004 Central European Catholics’ Day (MEKT short for Mitteleuopäischer Katholikentag) in Mariazell, Austria, 2004. Feeling their responsibility for Europe as a whole, the organizers, Cardinals and Bishops of the eight participating countries, addressed the citizens. Their aim was to be supportive to the EU accession process by helping to reduce prejudices and xenophobia, strenghtening solidarity and justice among countries and people in Central Europe. The MEKT-Youth-Team organizes network meetings, workshops (f.e. during World Youth Day) and conferences.



MEKT 2022 – 4th International Youth Pastoral Conference is supported by Wiener Tourismusverband/Vienna Convention Bureau, Austrian Bishops Conference and Renovabis