WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Over 130
pastoral leaders working in Catholic young adult ministry across the country
are expected to attend the National Young Adult Ministry Summit May 15-17 at
the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington.
Attendees will represent 53
Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, and 26 national organizations, movements
and apostolates, according to a May 9 announcement from the U.S. Conference of
The USCCB Secretariat of Laity,
Marriage, Family Life and Youth is convening the invitation-only summit
in collaboration with its ad hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry.
In anticipation of the Synod of
Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment taking place at the
Vatican in October, "it is essential that Catholic leaders gather together to
discuss and advance the church's work with young adults," said Archbishop
Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said in a statement.
The archbishop made the comments
as chairman of the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
The USCCB said the summit will focus
on peer conversation and networking around best practices and emerging models
of ministry with young adults, especially in view of the synod and the growing
number of young adults in their 20s and 30s who have no religious affiliation.
The National Advisory Team on
Young Adult Ministry is organizing the summit. The ad hoc body was established in
2016 to assist the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth in
its efforts to serve young adult ministry in the United States.
The summit's sessions will be livestreamed
to allow those unable to attend to participate in plenary discussions and be
involved in an online dialogue.
The Catholic Apostolate Center, based
in the Washington area, is making online access to the summit possible. The
also is providing financial support for the summit, is a ministry of the Immaculate
Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, who members are best known
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about the summit or livestreaming of the sessions is available by calling the
USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at (202) 541-3040 or