Youth & Young Adult Planning

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Nearly 150 planners addressed issues around youth and young adult. The number of people involved demonstrated the scope of the commission’s work: school age faith formation; adolescent youth programs; campus ministry; 18 to 35-year-old adults; and family life.

The Holy Spirit is calling each of us today to engage in a process that looks not only at the Church today, but more importantly the Church tomorrow. We are being called to rebuild the living stones of the Church into a structure that continues to carry the faith to future generations. Our efforts among youth, young adults, and their families, is the most important of these efforts.


  • Establish a more unified youth & young adult program focused on evangelization and discipleship of the whole family
  • Appoint appropriate staff to oversee the complete program as well as diocesan leaders in youth discipleship, youth ministry, campus and young adult ministry, family life and social action and advocacy.
  • Adopt a new model of faith formation designed to empower parents and parish faith formation leaders to share equally in the responsibility of forming children as disciples.
  • Establish professional and trained youth ministers at every parish