What is Young Adult Ministry?


Young adult has come to mean many things in both secular society and within the Catholic Church. Typically in church terms, the USCCB defines "young adulthood" as encompassing late teens, 20s, and 30s (basically ages 18-39). It is important to remember that this age range includes many stages in life, and therefore there is not one approach that will effectively minister to all young adults simultaneously. Young adults include recent high school grads, college students, working professionals, job seekers, and those who left school.  Young adults could be single, married, divorced, widowed, discerning religious life, and may be parents. Since "young adulthood" is qualified simply by age, it is important to remember young adults come from diverse cultural, ethnic, social, political, and spiritual realities.  Read more about what the Catholic Bishops say about outreaching to this group here.


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Ministering to Young Adults

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