Ministry to Young Adults (18-39)

From the USCCB:

Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.


The goals for ministry in the Erie Diocese to our young adults is multi-fold:

  • To connect young adults with Jesus Christ through spiritual formation/direction, religious education/formation, and vocational discernment.To connect young adults to the Church through evangelizing outreach, formation of the faith community, and pastoral care.
  • To connect young adults with the mission of the Church in the world through forming a Christian conscience, educating and developing leaders for the present and future.
  • To connect young adults with a peer community through developing peer leadership and identifying a young adult team for the purpose of forming faith communities of peers.

The challenge is not only how to meet the needs of this incredible gifted group but how to reach them. The reality is that there are very few parishes that focus on offering opportunities for young adults to gather. The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Erie offers support to those who not only want to minister to our young adults with resources and ideas but we offer a framework for groups who wish to offer direct ministry to this group: CYAM – Catholic Young Adult Ministry. To learn more about CYAM and how to bring it to your area, contact Jennifer Durney,  814-824-1219.