Walking with Teens & Young Adults on their Faith Journey

The Catholic Church will continue to grow through the leadership of our young people. Join us as we foster leadership skills, build confidence and ensure the future of the Faith through our many youth programs.

Many of our youth and young adult ministries are parish based. We provide a range of support and resources to help these programs take root, grow and thrive. We provide training, recruiting and networking opportunities for ministers, as well as parents and participants.

Working in true partnership, we empower our parishes and young adult leaders to network, share and provide support for their faith journeys. It is our goal to empower parishes and schools to take responsibility for ministry to, by, for and with Youth & Young Adults.

Come join us! The Diocese of Harrisburg is heading to World Youth Day 2023! Come celebrate with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Lisbon, Portugal. Experience a week of unity, fun, and a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. Along the way, we will also be stopping in Fatima to visit the apparition sites of Our Lady. See the “Retreats” section below for details.

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a genuine and sincere effort to reach out and meet the young adults of this diocese and to listen and to respond to what matters to you as young adults in the Church.

There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to offer feedback and ideas for future gatherings. Come and explore how faith in Christ can speak to your circumstances as a young adult in the Church! The following links will provide you with information regarding the next scheduled events.

Young Adult Ministry Links

Lancaster Young Adult Catholics
OMPH Young Adults
Saint Patrick Church Carlisle Young Adults
Voyage - Saint Catherine Laboure Young Adults
Harrisburg Young Adult Catholics
St. Joan of Arc Young Adult Ministry
St. Catherine of Siena YAG (St. Lawrence of Rome Harrisburg FSSP)

The NFCYM Minute is a free monthly e-mail for people interested in Catholic youth ministry and/or the NFCYM. Readers are invited to Learn, Look, Pray, Explore, and Connect with topics, resources or themes related to the Catholic faith, youth ministry, and the NFCYM.

Youth and Young Adults in the Diocese have a plethora of engaging, spiritually uplifting events to choose from. Whether a parish based, regional, Diocesan or national program, the options to connect with other young people are endless. View our Calendar to find an upcoming event, review the listing of programs below, or contact your local parish for details on local programs.

Never Alone - Young Adult Retreat

“I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Come join other young adults, married or single, in their 20s and 30s from the Diocese of Harrisburg for an overnight weekend retreat. This year’s retreat focus will be on the theme Never Alone. We will discuss the many ways that Jesus is still present in our lives and walking with us every step of the way, just as He promised. Not only that, but He provides us with companions for the journey in the form of each other. The retreat will include, Mass, prayer, Confession, teachings, small groups, fellowship, and fun! Check-in will start on Friday, May 24 from 7-8pm and the retreat will conclude on Sunday, May 26 around 12pm. The cost includes all retreat activities, three meals on Saturday, Sunday Brunch, and lodging.

NET Ministries

In response to an urgent need to proclaim the Gospel to youth, 110 NET volunteers ages 18 to 28 are sent out in vans each year across the United States in teams of 10 to 14.

The 10 retreat teams share their faith during retreats with over 70,000 youth. For nine months, these teams become like family for each other as they work side by side sharing what God has done in their lives. Each team invites all they meet to give their lives to the only one who can satisfy their hungry hearts – Jesus Christ.

For the past several years the Diocese of Harrisburg has invited NET Ministries to provide retreats for youth in grades 7-12.

Each year, beginning in April, the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry accepts reservations for the coming school year. For information about hosting one of these retreats please contact our office.

Camp Bashore

The weekend includes great food, fellowship, games, campfire; youth and adult training cells; C.O.P.E. session available for ages 14-18, prayer time, Friday evening and Saturday evening Masses and interfaith service on Sunday morning.


Zachary Haney

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Phone: 717-657-4804 x307