Youth & Young Adults

Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Connecting youth with Christ

We humbly stand before God desiring that everything we do bring us closer in our relationship with Jesus Christ and deeper in our understanding of Church and what it means to be Church.

Our office works to foster a comprehensive holistic and collaborative approach to total Youth & Young Adult Ministry. With this in mind, we hope to empower parishes and schools to take responsibility for ministry to, by, for & with Youth & Young Adults.

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The staff of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry is often called upon to assist in the recruiting, training and maintaining of Parish Youth Ministry professionals and volunteers.

From the very beginning of their time in this ministry, Pastors, Parish Youth Ministry Coordinators, Parish Youth Ministry Teams, parents and young people can rely on our office to provide whatever resources, support, mentoring and training that are within our power to provide.

Here are some examples of services/training topics that are available:

  • Related Church Documents
  • Hiring a Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator
  • Domestic and International Travel with Young People
  • How to Get Started in Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • Recruiting Training and Maintaining Healthy and Holy Volunteers
  • High School Religious Formation
  • Athletics and the Gospel Message
  • Legal Issues in Youth Work
  • Adolescent Development and Youth Culture
  • Praying with Teens
  • Community Service
  • Youth and Young Adult Retreats
  • Diocesan Youth Council
  • Permission Slip-consent-Medical-Registration Form

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

Diocese of Harrisburg

Lancaster Young Adult Catholics

OMPH Young Adults

World Youth Day UNITE is a national young adult (18 to 39) and young family festival where thousands will gather in Washington, D.C. for amazing worship, inspiring talks, engaging break out groups, incredible music with Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez, and more.

Young adults and young families will gather this summer for inspiring TED-style talks by dynamic Catholic bishops, inspiring multicultural entertainment, and engaging break-out groups focused on our God-given identity and purpose. At the heart of the event, there will be amazing worship and incredible opportunities for prayer and the sacraments. This event will be similar to the international world youth day experience, but at a national level during the off years of the international World Youth Day. As such, the festival this year will reflect upon the national World Youth Day theme chosen by Pope Francis himself, “The Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me and Holy is His Name.”

This will take place at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine Building & Grounds on Saturday, July 22, 2017. For more information and to register, visit: For information about carpooling with other young adults from our area, contact

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.

The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry is collaborating with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington to provide an opportunity for those who have served in Parish Youth Ministry less than 5 years.  New Youth Minister Orientation, aka NYMO will take place from Monday, August 28, 2017 until Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the The O’Dwyer Retreat House in nearby Sparks, Maryland.  This opportunity for prayer, networking and professional development will be led by veteran Youth Ministry professionals and will include presentations and skills development designed specifically to strengthen and prepare parish youth ministers for their important role in the Church.   For more information and to register, please contact the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at

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