Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

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Who are Young Adults?


Young AdultsFor practical purposes, Young Adults are those in their 20s and 30s, both married and single. The Catholic Conference of Bishops has defined young adults as those between the ages of 18 and 39. If you are a college student, you are a young adult and are welcome to participate in Young Adult events and opportunities, but we would urge you to also connect with your Campus Ministry which is uniquely geared to serving the particular needs of college students.


What is Young Adult Ministry?

sons and daughters of lightTwenty years ago, the bishops issues a pastoral plan for Young Adult Ministry called "Sons and Daughters of Light" . This plan proposed four goals:

  • Connect young adults to God through Jesus Christ
  • Connect young adults to the Church and the Christian community
  • Connect young adults to the mission of the Church in the world
  • Connect young adults to a peer community to further support and nurture their faith

It is all about connection and building relationships: with Jesus, with the Church and with each other. To this end the Office of Young Adult ministry will facilitate the creation of Regional Young Adult Groups and a Young Adult Core team to create opportunities for prayer, fellowship, events, service projects, retreats and providing resources for and by Young Adults.

How to get involved?

First of all, let us know who and where you are. You can do this by joining our Diocesan Young Adult Facebook Page where we will keep everyone up to date on what is happening in the Diocese.

Start a Young Adult group in your parish or in your area: This may seem like a daunting idea, but some of the best young adult ministry groups started with one person inviting two or three friends to talk about faith over a cup of coffee or a meal, or to get together for prayer. For more information check out our Start a Young Adult Group Page.