The Bishops Working Group on Youth and Young Adults, created by the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth in 2020, has three central tasks, to be carried out from 2020 to 2022:

  1. To discern and develop a national pastoral framework document on young people, inspired by Pope Francis' Christus Vivit and reflecting the pastoral situation in the United States.
  2. To assess the feasibility of a permanent standing body at the USCCB focused on the Church's ministries with youth and young adults.
  3. To provide continuing episcopal guidance to pastoral leaders working in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and pastoral juvenil hispana across the United States.

Members and Consultants


Bishop Edward J. Burns: Diocese of Dallas, Chairman

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez:  Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archbishop Gustavo García-SillerArchbishop of San Antonio

Archbishop Emeritus J. Peter Sartain:  Archdiocese of San Antonio

Bishop Alberto Rojas: Diocese of San Bernardino

Bishop Gerald Vinke: Diocese of Salina

Bishop Abdullah Elias Zaidan: Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano: Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop William A. Wack: Diocese of Pensacola Tallahassee


Stacey M. Allen, Esq.:  Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Young Adult Catholics of African Descent

Christina Lamas: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Charlotte McCorquodale: Ministry Training Source

Katie Prejean McGrady:  Ave Maria Press/Ave Explores

Ashley Morris:  Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Intercultural Ministries

Julianne Stanz: Diocese of Green Bay

Nicholas Stein: National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults

Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR: Corazon Puro Ministries, Bronx, New York

Adriana Visoso: National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRED)

Diana Hancharenko: USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry

Bishops wait for the start of Pope Francis' celebration of the closing Mass of World Youth Day at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Poland, July 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)