Young Adult Ministry
by Sr. Bernadette Mota FMA
This past October, I was asked to be the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. This has enabled me to share our Salesian charism on a wider scale in our diocese and to connect with the national originations as well. Our diocese is not a large one in comparison to others, but there is a huge need for ministry with and for young people. I am blessed to be in the position I am in and we are already seeing the fruits.
Attached is the paper I shared at the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults. It was a two-day event was held in conjunction with the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) and was facilitated by the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
This Forum was open to all who minister to men and women in their 20s and 30s in any church setting, including parishes, college campuses, vocation offices, diocesan offices, service networks and Catholic organizations. During the forum, we reflected on the past, assessed the current reality, and looked to the future of ministry with young adults in the United States. I was one of six presenters invited to share my reflection titled “Young adult ministry: A Journey of Accompaniment”. May of those present knew little about our Salesian Charism…so it was a great opportunity to share the richness of our tradition with them.