There are quite a few places around the Diocese of Joliet and the neighboring dioceses where young adult ministry is happening. There are a number of young adult organizations, some local, spontaneous programs and things being organized by parishes in addition to what we do in this office.
Board of Young Professionals (BOYP)
The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Board of Young Professionals is an organization of young adults committed to promoting the compassionate works of Catholic Charities through effective community action, including volunteer service, and social fundraising. Upcoming events.
Catholics on Call
A program of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, Catholics on Call provides dynamic resources on their website in addition to an excellent conference for young adults age 18-30 focused on those discerning a call to professional or vowed service in the Church. www.catholicsoncall.com
Charis Ministries is a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s & 30s. A ministry of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, they offer retreats, leadership development and formation activities that bring the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality to the lives of young adults. www.charisministries.org
Southeast DuPage Young Adults
A group of young adults meeting in the Downers Grove/Woodridge area primarily for a monthly Theology on Tap-type event. Find them on Facebook at Southeast DuPage Young Adults
Spirit and Truth
Spirit and Truth Young Adult Adoration communities provide prayer and social opportunities for young adults in the Diocese of Joliet, Rockford and the Archdiocese of Chicago. With regular weekly meetings for discussion and adoration, these young adults also take time for social activities after their meetings and host a yearly Source and Summit retreat and a summer praise and worship event. www.spiritandtruthillinois.org
Young Adult Commission
The Young Adult Commission is comprised of young adults and those involved in ministry to young adults around the Diocese of Joliet. The group advises our office, and provides an opportunity for networking and collaboration.
Called To Holiness
Called to Holiness is a faith sharing and Bible study group in New Lenox, IL and the surrounding area. Called to Holiness is committed to provide an environment where Catholics in their 20s and 30s can make new friends, grow in faith by reading and studying scripture, engage in lively discussion and meaningful prayer, and form truly personal relationships with Jesus Christ. For more information contact Jennifer Sanford.
Holy Trinity, Westmont
The Holy Trinity young adult ministry is a group of Catholic young adults (18-39) seeking to authentically pursue the Lord through prayer, the Sacraments, fellowship, service, and evangelization. They believe that their faith can be ignited through community and above all devotion to the Eucharist. For this reason the young adults at Holy Trinity take special initiative to Seek Holiness in the Eucharist or SHINE. This group meets on a weekly and monthly basis for times of prayer, fellowship, Adoration, Mass, and service opportunities. For more information contact Chris Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/holytrinityyam/.
FIAT is the Young Adult Group (ages 18-35) of St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield, Illinois. Through community with our peers, we grow not only in our faith but in relationship with each other. In Catholicism, the word Fiat refers to Mary's YES to God when the Angel Gabriel visited her at the Annunciation. In Latin, Fiat means "let it be" or "let it happen/exist." As young adults, we are constantly inundated by a world full of distractions. We have to be intentional and purposeful with our own Fiat, to say YES to God. Join FIAT! Come hang out with friends, meet new people, take part in awesome events, and be encouraged by your peers. Through fellowship, service, worship, and discipleship, WE SAY YES. WE ARE FIAT. For more info and to connect with FIAT on social media, visit www.fiatsmi.org.