National Young Adult Ministry Summit 2019

September 17-19, 2019

Presented by the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth in collaboration with the ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry

The National Young Adult Ministry Summit brought together leaders in young adult ministry for three days of conversation and dynamic dialogue about the best practices and models for vibrant young adult ministry. The Summit was especially timely in light of the upcoming Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." 

Check out the schedule from the Summit and find more resources below.


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Thanks to the generous support of the Catholic Apostolate Center. . . , recordings from the Summit are now available for free. The videos can be found below.

Presentations include:

Tuesday, September 17: Breakout Session A: Synodality

  • Parish Life: Collaboration with Young Adults in Parishes. Presented by Diana Hancharenko and Fr.KevinPeters - St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, OH

  • Working through Transitions of Young Adulthood. Presented by Juan Pablo Padilla – Office of Lifelong Formation, Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Leadership Development & Mentorship: Answering the Big Life Questions. Presented by BrendaNoriega – Office of Ministries with Young Catholics, Diocese of San Bernardino

  • YA Ministry through Dioceses and Organizations: What Work. Presented by Christy Vaissade – Office of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of New York & Michal Horace –Young Adult Initiative, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Wednesday, September 18: Breakout Session B: Vocation and Discernment 

  • What Does Proper Discernment Look Like? Good Discernment Tools. Presented by Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ–USA Midwest Province

  • Missionary Discipleship, Listening & Discernment. Presented by Anna Clarke and Jorge Rivera-Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

  • Long term Service/Volunteerism & Vocation. Presented by Monica Thom Konschn - Catholic Apostolate Center & Katie Delaney - Catholic Volunteer Network

Wednesday, September 18: Breakout Session C: Sign of the Times

  • Care for Our Common Home. Presented by Celeste Flores - Faith in Place

  • Violence & Trauma and their Impact on Communities and Young Adults. Presented by Fr. Matt O’Donnell - St. Columbanus Parish, Chicago

  • Sexual Abuse Crisis: How to Accompany Young Adults in the Midst of Scandal. Presented by Thomas Tharayil - Office of Assistance Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Restorative Justice. Presented by Mirta Garcia – Institute for Pastoral Studies, Loyola University of Chicago

  • Migrants and Immigration. Presented by Crystal Serrano - Puebla - Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend Social Media

  • A Social Issue. Presented by Michael Bayer – St. Clement Parish, Chicago