You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” or “What’s the latest?”

First, welcome! We are so happy that you are here seeking to serve young adults.

If you have not had the opportunity to do so we encourage you to start by reading Pope Francis’ Christus Vivit. Christus Vivit, or Christ is Alive, is the foundational document for ministry with young adults* and the foundational document for the Institute. It is the Apostolic Exhortation that followed the years-long process of the XV Ordinary Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment that concluded in 2018. There were other texts from the Synod process that are also helpful. Here is an easy-to-use study guide to Christus Vivit to begin with.

Second, if you want to learn more about the Synod and what it means for ministry with young adults here are five webinars that we encourage you will watch:

*According to the USCCB:

The terms “youth and young adults,” “young people,” and “the young” are used interchangeably [in Christus Vivit]. The age range designated by the synodal process and in Christus Vivit includes those ages 16-29, which spans across older adolescence and early young adulthood.

In the United States, the U.S. bishops recognize that “young people” referenced in the synodal process and in Christus Vivit to be inclusive of several age groups, due to our cultural and ministerial context:

  • Youth, that is adolescents ages 13 to 18, often in high school
  • Young Adults, that is women and men ages 18 to 39: collegiate, single, consecrated religious, clergy, and married, with and without children
  • In addition, due to the significant Hispanic-Latino population in the United States, this also includes “jovenes,” young people of that cultural community, age 16 through to married life.

In the United States, there are several Catholic ministries associated with this age range: high school youth ministries (in dioceses, parishes, in Catholic high schools, and Catholic organizations), college campus ministries (at Catholic and non-Catholic colleges and universities), pastoral juvenil hispana and young adult ministries (in dioceses, parishes, and Catholic organizations).


Here are a few more resources to get your learning started:


Resources for mental health and relationships:

  • The i’Mpossible Project is an organization that creates seminars, workshops, curriculum, continuing education, books, and multimedia designed to entertain, educate, and engage on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in workplaces, college campuses, school districts, communities, professional organizations, and more.
  • One Love Foundation is a national non-profit with the goal of ending relationship abuse. One Love empowers young people with tools and resources to see the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and bring life-saving prevention education to their communities.

Resources for Specific Cultural Communities

“Young Adults are a very diverse bunch of people in the United States. Do you have any resources to help me out?”

Not seeing your cultural community on this list? There are also many other cultural communities and organizations for you to explore here.


Looking to expand your anti-racism work with young adults? We suggest beginning with the following documents:

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