Resources - Sons and Daughters of the Light

Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults
November 12, 1996, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In addition to the resources mentioned throughout this document and in the notes, the following are suggested.

Archdiocese of Omaha. A Pastoral Plan for Young Adult Ministry. Omaha, Neb.: KP Printing, 1994. A plan of action for ministering to the young adults of the archdiocese developed by the Young Adult Advisory Board.

Bagley, Rev. Ron, CJM (ed). Young Adult Ministry: A Book of Readings. Naugatuck, Conn.: Center for Ministry Development, 1987. A collection of essays on three basic themes: foundations for young adult ministry, perspectives on young adults, and directions for ministry.

Fowler, James. Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian: Adult Development and Christian Faith.  San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1984.

Gallup International Institute. The Religious Life of Young Americans. A compendium of surveys on the spiritual beliefs and practices of teenagers and young adults.

Gribbon, Robert. Developing Faith in Young Adults: Effective Ministry with 18-35 Year Olds. Washington, D.C.: The Alban Institute, 1990.

Muto, Susan. Celebrating the Single Life. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1982. Explores the joys of being single, the spirituality of singles in the Church, service to others as a single person, and friendships.

National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association. A Blueprint for Young Adult Ministry. Washington, D.C.: National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, 1994. A short reflection discussing what young adult ministry is and the foundational and operational principles for ministry with young adults.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Follow the Way of Love. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1994. Bishops' pastoral message to married couples and families.

O'Brien, Sr. Margaret. Discovering Your Light: Common Journey of Young Adults. Mineola, N.Y.: Resurrection Press, Ltd., 1991. A workbook for men and women in their twenties and thirties that can be used as a private journal or in small faith-sharing groups.

Roof, Wade Clark.  A Generation of Seekers. San Francisco: Harper, 1993. A book addressing the baby boomer generation's search for spirituality.

United States Catholic Conference. Empowered by the Spirit. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1985. This is the U.S. bishops' pastoral plan for ministry on the campus.

________. Family Perspective in Church and Society. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1987.

________. Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? Reflections on Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1996.

________. Young Adult Ministry Resources. Wahington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1988. A short book that identifies who young adults are and their role in the Church.

The following offices within the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference can provide additional information and resources on specific areas.

Mailing Address:
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20017-1194

Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church

Migration and Refugee Services

Secretariat of Catholic Education


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