USCCB Bishops Working Group on Youth and Young Adults

Supporting the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

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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


Most Rev. Edward J. Burns: Bishop of Dallas, Chairman

Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez:  Archbishop of Philadelphia

Most Rev. Gustavo García-SillerArchbishop of San Antonio

Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain:  Archbishop Emeritus of Seattle

Most Rev. Alberto Rojas: Bishop of San Bernardino

Most Rev. Gerald Vinke: Bishop of Salina

Most Rev. Abdullah Elias Zaidan: Eparch of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles

Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano: Bishop of Bridgeport

Most Rev. William A. Wack: Bishop of Pensacola Tallahassee


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

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

Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale: Ministry Training Source

Mrs. Katie Prejean McGrady:  Ave Maria Press/Ave Explores

Mr. Ashley Morris:  Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Intercultural Ministries

Dr. Julianne Stanz: Diocese of Green Bay

Mr. Nicholas Stein: National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults

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

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

Mrs. Diana Hancharenko: USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry


Mr. Dominic Lombardi, Executive Director for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

Mr. Paul E. Jarzembowski, Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries