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USCCB and LIM Young Adult Videos

In collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Loyola Institute for Ministry and faculty member Tracey Lamont, Ph.D., are sponsoring webinars about young adult ministry. Below are videos of past webinars.

Ministry with Young Adults Today: A Conversation on What's Working and What Challenges We Face (July 22, 2021)

What is happening at the present moment in our churches and communities related to young adults in their 20s and 30s? How are local parishes, campuses, dioceses, movements, and organizations navigating the post-pandemic re-opening process, the vaccine rollout, and new hybrid models of efforts with young adults? Pastoral leaders across the United States, facilitated by the leadership of the USCCB's National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, discuss this important topic.

Sunday is Not Always Their Sabbath Day: Ministry with Young Adults Working Nights and Weekends (June 24, 2021)

How do we accompany young adults who work nights, weekends, and other unique schedules? How can churches best minister with those serving in the military, in medical professions, in emergency services, in restaurant and hospitality industries, and those working multiple jobs, taking evening classes, or whose work extends into the night shift? When Sunday is a work day or when time and financial constraints prevent young adults from engaging in ministry, how do we best engage, support, and walk alongside them as brothers and sisters? This webinar explores that topic with a panel of pastoral leaders engaged in this outreach: Carlos Bernard, Diocese of Orlando; Camille Grippon, Bon Secours Mercy Health System, MD; Mark Moitoza, Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, D.C.

Zoom Was Not A Band-Aid: Rethinking the Role of Technology in Ministry with Young Adults (May 20, 2021)

Acknowledging that as dioceses and parishes begin to or continue the process of re-opening, many ministry leaders are eager to gather again in person and get away from the screen; this webinar recognizes that there is a concern among ministers that young adults will not come back, that many prefer to engage in ministry and worship virtually. The panelists explore the strengths and limits of using technology in ministry with young adults.

More Turnover and Transition: Navigating Changes in Ministry and Staff Leadership (Part 2) (April 29, 2021)

This webinar explores how we best navigate through the stress of transitioning and assisting those who are losing or adjusting their jobs and how to create good succession plans. The panelists consider questions about the emotional and spiritual support and the psychological challenges, while also providing for the accompaniment of young adults who are witnessing these changes and developments in the Church that walks with them.

Turnover and Transition: How to Weather the Inevitable Leadership Changes in Ministry with Young Adults (Part 1) (March 18, 2021)

This webinar explores what happens when staff or volunteer leaders transition in or out of ministry with young adults, without preparation and intentionality, causing ambiguity, conflict, or even a partial or full collapse of the ministry efforts to young adults. This webinar looks at those critical situations and explores creative strategies for ensuring constant ministerial presence and generating sustainability in pastoral leadership with a panel of experienced leaders.

Young Adult Ministry 101 (February 25, 2021)

This webinar explores the basics of YA ministry with a panel of experienced leaders, including Victoria Hathaway, Ministry Consultant for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Gary and Benito Medrano, Coordinator of the Office of Evangelization in the Diocese of Fresno, and Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries with the USCCB.

Catechesis with Young Adults: The Implications of the Vatican’s New Directory for Catechesis for Accompanying People in their 20s and 30s (January 21, 2021)

This webinar explores the Vatican's new Directory of Catechesis and how it can be used to accompany young adults. Tracey Lamont, Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the Loyola Institute for Ministry, Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Lay Ecclesial Ministry at the USCCB lead the discussion with Marilyn Santos with the USCCB, José Amaya with the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, and Jennifer Delvaux with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Exploring Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti and Its Impact on Ministry with Young Adults (November 19, 2020)

This webinar explores the implications of Pope Francis' most recent encyclical and its call for us to become better citizens through a rejection of violence and racism and respectful dialogue.

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Preparing Young Adults for Advent and Christmas in the Parish and at Home This Year (October 15, 2020)

Advent always seems to creep up on us, and this year, faced with the pandemic and physical separation, it is especially important to begin preparations as soon as possible. This webinar looks at ways to accompany young adults through Advent and Christmas in the tumultuous landscape of the last months of 2020—to provide them with hope, healing, and peace at a time when the world really longs for it.

Helping Young Adults Become Faithful Citizens (September 24, 2020)

With presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections set to take place on November 3 and calls for reforms in the justice system being made across America, pastoral ministers discuss supporting and encouraging young adults to participate in the democratic process, using the lens of faith to guide their actions and choices.

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Practicing Self-Care: A Webinar for All Who Minister with Young Adults (August 27, 2020)

In the midst of the pandemic and the uncertain realities facing us today, it is important that pastoral ministry leaders take care of themselves through self-care and spiritual and personal renewal. Presenters Becky Eldredge (an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer), Brenda Noriega (Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers), and Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM (minister at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC and editor of The Holy Land Review) discuss how to do so.Below is a recording of their presentations.

A National Conversation with Young Adult Ministry Leaders on the Process of Reopening (June 25, 2020)

dr. timone davis, NATYAM team member and faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Pastoral Studies (IPS), facilitated an open conversation helping young adult ministry leaders process the move towards reopening our churches, our ministries, and our lives. Questions addressed include: What does or will this all look like and how can we best prepare and plan as we also strive to remain safe.

Grief, Bereavement, and Young Adults (June 4, 2020)

This webinar for all who minister with young adults—volunteers, parish staff, diocesan leaders, clergy and religious, and bishops—focused particularly on those affected by loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers Orlando Davis, therapist (LCSW); Michael Hayes, media minister; and Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, OP, Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development at Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, discussed both the clinical and pastoral dynamics involved in bereavement to help ministry leaders better support and accompany those suffering from any kind of loss.

Conversation on Grief and Ministry with Young Adults (April 28, 2020)

Part 3 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Diana Hancharenko, Chair of the USCCB NATYAM, facilitated a conversation on grief and young adulthood and ministry with young adults by first offering some introductory remarks on grief and ministry with young adults, then hosting two different break-out sessions to offer space for intimate small-group sharing regarding how grief comes to us in many ways during this pandemic, from loss of loved ones, loss of employment, loss of connectivity, communal worship, or grieving the cancellation of events we worked so hard to prepare.

Creating a Culture of Encounter with Young Adults in a Time of Social Distancing and Economic Uncertainty (April 16, 2020)

Part 2 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Tracey Lamont, Rachel Mpanu-Mpanu, Young Adult Minister from the Diocese of Miami, and Danielle Brown, Associate Director for the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, discuss the call to create cultures of encounter as one way to support life and dignity in its fullness in ministry with young adults and try to raise awareness of our intercultural realities in the post-covid world, most especially in this time of social distancing and economic uncertainty.

Our panelists received several questions from participants in the April 16th Creating a Culture of Encounter with Young Adults webinar that we ran out of time to address, so Rachel and Danielle were gracious enough to record a conversation in response to those questions here.

Continuing the Conversation on the Realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults (March 30, 2020)

A follow-up session to the March 19, 2020 webinar with those working in ministry with young adults. It continues the conversation on the realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults. Participants discuss the strengths and limitations in ministry with young adults during this time.

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Special Discussion on the Realities of COVID-19 and Ministry with Young Adults  (March 19, 2020)

A special discussion of ministering with young adults during the coronavirus outbreak covering well-being and feelings, what is happening in your ministering communities, and ideas for how to be present to others in this difficult time.

USCCB NATYAM List of resources to assist in the work of ministering remotely through state-mandated COVID-19 quarantines with young adults. GO»


Addressing Issues of Racism through "Open Wide Our Hearts" in Ministries with Young Adults (February 14, 2020)

Part 1 of a 3-part series on issues that affect dignity and life in all its fullness and ministry with young adults.

Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 3, The Impact of Migration on Ministry with Young Adults (December 12, 2019)


Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 2, Mental Health and Ministry with Young Adults(November 14, 2019)

Pastoral Care and Counseling for Ministry with Young Adults — Part 1 (October 17, 2019)

Unpacking Christus Vivit, Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Exhortation Christ is Alive! — Part 2(May 23, 2019)

Unpacking Christus Vivit, Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Exhortation Christ is Alive! — Part 1 (May 2, 2019)


Forming Community with Young Adults: What Can the Church Learn? (April 4, 2019)

Disrupting Ministry: Bringing the Synod to Life (March 7, 2019)

The Synod Document: A Paradigm Shift (February 28, 2019)

What Didn’t Happen at the Synod: Practical Strategies for Next Steps (November 28, 2018)