National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY) has set up a special ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry to serve as nationwide network, resource group, and consulting body to the bishops on young adults and the Church's pastoral ministry with them. This  Advisory Team was developed in 2016 when the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), which served Catholic leaders across the United States since 1982, dissolved. The Advisory Team's mandate from the Committee includes:

  1. To provide ongoing input and feedback on ministry with young adults to the bishops
  2. To provide pastoral support to parish and diocesan leaders in the field
  3. To develop a national coalition of young adult ministry leaders

The Advisory Team is comprised of key leaders in parish, campus, diocesan, and organizational ministries from across the United States (listed below). The Chairperson of the Advisory Team is Mrs. Diana Hancharenko, who also is the Young Adult Minister at St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, Ohio. Diana can be reached at @email.


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Advisory Team Members

Sean Allen
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Director of Young Adult Ministry

José Julian Matos Auffant, LaRED Liaison
St. Mary's University, San Antonio
Office of University Ministry, Executive Director for Mission

Peter Burak
i.d. | Renewal Ministries
i.d. Director

dr. timone davis
Loyola University ChicagoInstitute of Pastoral Studies
Assistant Professor

Jason Deuterman
Diocese of Dallas
Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries

Diana Hancharenko, Chairperson
St. Angela Merici Parish, Youngstown, Ohio
Director of Young Adult Ministry

Vicky Hathaway, 2020 National Forum Chair
Diocese of Gary
Ministry Consultant for Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Michal Horace, Vice-Chair
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Director of Young Adult Initiative

Paul E. Jarzembowski, USCCB Staff Liaison
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, OP
Knights of Columbus | Supreme Headquarters
Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development

Dr. Tracey Lamont, Vice-Chair
Loyola University New OrleansLoyola Institute for Ministry
Assistant Professor of Religious Education

Sr. Bernadette Mota, FMA
Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco
Director of Mission Advancement

Brenda Noriega
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Young Adult Empowerment Team

Colin Nykaza
Archdiocese of New York
Director of Young Adult Outreach

Deacon Andy Orosco
Diocese of San Bernardino
Native American Ministry

Mary Kate Polanin
Busted Halo Ministries
Digital Content Editor

Brian Rhude
Catholic University of America | School of Theology and Religious Studies
Assistant Director of Summer Programs and Formation for the Lay Apostolate
Catholic Apostolate Center | Project Coordinator

Patrick Rivera
Diocese of San Diego
Director of the Office for Young Adult Ministry

Nicholas Stein, National Institute Exploratory Task Force
Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, Bon Secours Young Adults
Young Adult Ministry Leader

Darius Villalobos
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) 
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Terra Starr Young
ReCiL Young Adult Ministry

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