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Our Mission


To serve the United States Bishops, both collectively and individually, in their ministry to Youth and Young Adults.


Our Staff

Mr. Dominic Lombardi, STL
Executive Director, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

Mr. Paul Jarzembowski
Coordinator for the Ministry to Youth and Young Adult

Youth and Young Adult Intern

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News and Events

For more information on the Catholic connection to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, refer to the USCCB Catholic Scouting Page

Read the new Apostolic Exhortation to Young People “Christus vivit – Christ lives” and find resources on the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocation.


Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Pilgrims cheer during the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Pope Francis embraces a young woman during the World Youth Day welcoming  ceremony on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)World Youth Day pilgrims hold rosaries and icons as they wait for Pope Francis to arrive. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)world-youth-day-sydney-cns-montage

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12

Young people have a unique zeal for justice, faith, and love of the Gospel, longing for Truth, challenging convention and inspiring innovation. They inject a contagious energy into their communities and set hearts on fire. We cannot ignore young disciples for they are active witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

In service to the Bishops of the United States, we, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office in the Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, aim to provide support and outreach to Bishops in their Pastoral Work towards youth and young adults and in their goal of advancing the New Evangelization.

Our Work

The USCCB recognizes all these categories and understands the vastness of this age demographic. What unites them all is their youthful enthusiasm and energy, but also the challenges of transition and discovery. Youth and Young Adult and Pastoral Juvenil  ministries celebrate the excitement and optimistic outlook of younger generations and offers pastoral care for those in transition.


Youth are defined as young people ages 12-18 in junior high school or high school.

Young Adults

Young adults are defined as young people ages 19-39 who are single or married, divorced or widowed, and in college, working, unemployed, incarcerated, or in the military.

Pastoral Juvenil

In Latino cultures, "jóvenes" are young people ages approximately 16-30 and ministry with them is called "pastoral juvenil".

Important Resources

COVID-19 Resources 

World Youth Day

Youth and Young Adult Documents 

Resources for Young People

The Church's Message to Young People

Christus Vivit: Post-Synodal Apostolic ExhortationPope Francis launched a Synod process in October 2016, seeking to provide a Catholic response to the reality of young people in connection to faith, the community of the Church, and each one’s vocational calling. That journey continued through to the Synod of Bishops in October 2018 and the subsequent release of Christus Vivit, Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation, in April 2019. In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis writes “to young people and to the entire people of God.”

We recommend visiting our online guide for Christus Vivit, and our Upcoming Opportunities page for upcoming opportunities related to discussing and implementing Christus Vivit.

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