Resources for Ministry Leaders Accompanying Young Adults

This webpage includes a list of resources which are used by a number of Catholic pastoral leaders who minister with young adults across the United States.

Disclaimer: Links to external websites are provided solely for the user’s convenience. USCCB assumes no responsibility for these websites, their content, and/or their sponsoring organizations. References to these sites do not imply and are not to be used as official endorsement by the USCCB of the site or those associated with it. They are solely intended as a resource that might be of interest to USCCB website visitors.  

If you find there are additional resources that are being used in ministry with young adults with some regularity, but are not listed below, please feel free to send the suggestion(s) to @email.

 

National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

Collaborative tool for pastoral conversations with youth and/or young adults

www.nationaldialogue.info

Busted Halo Ministries

Ministry for both men and women in the charism of the Paulist community

www.bustedhalo.com

Ignatian Young Adult Ministries [Society of Jesus]

Ministry for both men and women in the charism of the Jesuit community

https://www.ignatianyoungadults.org/

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers | Young Adult Outreach

Ministry for both men and women in the charism of the Maryknoll community

https://www.maryknoll.us/home/young-adult-empowerment-community

Sisters of Bon Secours, USA | Bon Secours Young Adults

Ministry for both men and women in the charism of the Bon Secours community

https://bonsecours.us/youngadults/

Catholic Apostolate Center

Resource center in the charism of the Pallottine community

www.catholicapostolatecenter.org

Grotto Network

Resource center in the charism of the University of Notre Dame

https://grottonetwork.com/

Loyola Institute for Ministry (Loyola University New Orleans)

Graduate program for pastoral ministry, including with young adults

https://www.loyno.edu/academics/colleges/college-nursing-health/loyola-institute-ministry

(ALSO see their webinar training series for ministry with young adults, done in collaboration with USCCB: http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/webinars)

id: Intentional Disciples [within the Renewal Ministries family]

Community, mission, and spirituality for young adult Catholics

https://www.id916.com/

Young Catholic Professionals

Community and conversation for young adult Catholics in the workplace

www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org

Knights of Columbus | College Councils

Fraternal connections for young Catholic men in colleges and universities

https://www.kofc.org/en/who-we-are/about-membership/college-councils.html

Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life

Digital, Diverse, and Current Conversations on Social Concerns and Justice

https://catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu/

(ALSO see their Salt and Light Gatherings for young adults: https://catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu/topics/salt-and-light-gatherings)

Saint Meinrad Young Adult Initiative

Lily-funded ministry program for parishes seeking to engage young adults

https://www.saintmeinradyai.org/

Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI)

Ministry training for young adults and for pastoral junveil hispana

www.sepi.us

Instituto Fe Y Vida: Institute for Faith and Life

Ministry training for young adults and for pastoral junveil hispana

https://feyvida.org/en/

National African American Catholic Youth and Young Adult Initiative

Resource for engaging and networking African American young people

https://www.naacyyamn.org/

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth (Young Adult) Movement

Ecclesial movement for Vietnamese young adults centered in the Eucharist

https://veym.net/

Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN)

Collaborative organization for Catholic volunteerism

@email | https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/

Couples for Christ USA | Singles for Christ USA

Ministry network for Catholic couples and singles, including young adults

https://couplesforchristusa.org/contact-home-office/ | https://couplesforchristusa.org/

Alpha USA: Catholic Context

Formation for evangelization in the Catholic Christian context

https://alphausa.org/catholic/contact | https://alphausa.org/catholic

Mexican American Catholic College (MACC)

Resources for Hispanic/Latino outreach

https://maccsa.org/

McGrath Institute on Church Life | University of Notre Dame

University-based resources and formation for Church ministry

https://mcgrath.nd.edu/

The Holy See | Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

The Vatican office that oversees ministries with young people

http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en.html

(see also the specific page on young peoplehttp://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/giovani.html; please note that the word “youth” on this web page is defined as those ages 16 to 30s)

National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Resource organization for those with various abilities, inclusive of mental health concerns

https://ncpd.org/

 

USCCB Resources for Young Adults and Ministry with Young Adults

Christus Vivit Resources [the overall magisterial framework for ministry with young adults]

https://www.usccb.org/topics/youth-and-young-adult-ministries/christus-vivit

We are Salt and Light [general USCCB Catholic social teaching resources]

https://www.wearesaltandlight.org/

Pro-Life Resources

https://www.usccb.org/prolife

Faithful Citizenship Resources [note: these resources are relevant even beyond election cycles]

https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/forming-consciences-faithful-citizenship

Laudato Si’ and Environment/Climate Resources

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/index.cfm

Anti-Racism Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/ad-hoc-committee-against-racism

Evangelization and Catechesis Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/evangelization-catechesis

Catholic Stewardship Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/evangelization-catechesis/stewardship

Religious Liberty Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/religious-liberty

Cultural Diversity Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/cultural-diversity-church

(note: there are specific resources on each cultural family linked to this page)

Vocations to Priesthood and Consecrated Life

https://www.usccb.org/committees/clergy-consecrated-life-vocations

Marriage and Family Life Resources

https://www.usccb.org/topics/marriage-and-family-life-ministries

For Your Marriage [special couples resource site]

https://www.foryourmarriage.org/

Natural Family Planning Resources

https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning

Pastoral Resources for Persons with Disabilities

https://www.usccb.org/committees/evangelization-catechesis/catechesis-people-disabilities

Ecumenical and Interreligious Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/ecumenical-interreligious-affairs

Migration and Immigration Resources

https://www.usccb.org/committees/migration

(see alsohttps://www.usccb.org/committees/pastoral-care-migrants-refugees-travelers)

Books, Journals, and Related Resources for Ministry with Young Adults

Christus Vivit: The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

Written by Pope Francis (2019)

Available online: http://www.synod.va/content/synod2018/en/fede-discernimento-vocazione/-christus-vivit---post-synodal-exhortation-to-young-people-and-t.html

Available for purchase: http://store.usccb.org/christ-is-alive-p/7-628.htm (English edition); and http://store.usccb.org/vive-cristo-p/7-913.htm (Spanish edition)

Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment | A Study Guide

Developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry (2020)

Available for purchase: https://nfcym.org/product/christus-vivit-the-pathway-to-accompaniment-digital-download/

Exploring Christus Vivit: Making Room for the Young Church | A Study Guide

Edited by Gerard Gallagher, Written by Various Authors (Veritas Publications, 2020)

Available for purchase: https://www.veritasbooksonline.com/exploring-christus-vivit-a-study-guide-9781847309457-45156/

Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults

Developed by the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (USCCB Publishing, 1996)

Available online: https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/who-we-teach/young-adults/sons-and-daughters-of-light

Available for purchase: http://store.usccb.org/sons-and-daughters-of-the-light-revised-p/7-090.htm

Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes: Best Practices in Catholic Young Adult Ministry

Developed by the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (USCCB Publishing, 2010)

Available for purchase: http://store.usccb.org/connecting-young-adults-to-catholic-parishes-p/5-546.htm

Special Journal Issue on Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Developed by Religions, an online open-access journal (MDPI, 2020-2021)

Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/youth_ministry

The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry

Written by Fr. John C. Cusick and Dr. Katherine F. DeVries (Orbis Books, 2001)

Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Guide-Young-Adult-Ministry/dp/157075392X

Models & Methods for Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Written by Dr. Arthur David Canales (Cascade Books, 2018)

Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Models-Methods-Youth-Young-Ministry-ebook/dp/B07DXBMQDT

Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s

Written by Mike Hayes (Paulist Press, 2007)

Available for purchase: https://www.paulistpress.com/Products/4487-7/googling-god.aspx

20s/30s Ministry: A Guide for Parishes

Written by Fr. Nicholas E. Lombardo, O.P. (Paulist Press, 2016)

Available for purchase: https://www.paulistpress.com/Products/5326-8/20s30s-ministry.aspx

Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

A study by Saint Mary’s Press of Minnesota, Inc., in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, Washington DC (Saint Mary’s Press, 2017)

Available for purchase: https://catholicresearch.smp.org/resources/going-going-gone/

Belonging: Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation

A study by Springtide Research Institute (Springtide Research, 2020)

Available for purchase: https://catholicresearch.smp.org/belonging-reconnecting-americas-loneliest-generation/

The Art of Accompaniment: Theological, Spiritual, and Practical Elements of Building a More Relational Church

A Catholic Apostolate Center Resource developed by Colleen Campbell and Thomas Carani (Catholic Apostolate Center, 2019)

Available online and for purchase: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/art-of-accompaniment.html

Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church

Written by Christian Smith with Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill and Kari Christoffersen (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Young-Catholic-America-Emerging-Adults/dp/0199341079

Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood

Written by Christian Smith (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Transition-Dark-Emerging-Adulthood/dp/0199828024

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

Written by Christian Smith with Patricia Snell (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Souls-Transition-Religious-Spiritual-Emerging/dp/0195371798/

After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty and Thirty Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion

Written by Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University Press, 2007)

Available for purchase: https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691146140/after-the-baby-boomers

Our Catholic Children: Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults

Edited by Dr. Hosffman Ospino; Written by Various Authors (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018)

Available for purchase: https://www.osvcatholicbookstore.com/product/our-catholic-children-ministry-with-hispanic-youth-and-young-adults

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