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Lifelong Lay Formation

Young Adult Ministry

The Office of Lifelong Lay Formation strives to connect young people with the greater community, build bridges of communication and develop relationships built on trust and mutual respect. We hope to demonstrate the idea of synodality – whole communities and young people journeying together, as they grow in living and sharing the faith. 


Young Adult Ministry [Accordion]

Several Young Adult events are held each year to enrich your faith, build community, and grow relationships with Jesus Christ and your peers. 

Bring all your friends and join us for appetizers, drinks, faith and fellowship! All events will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill (16555 Weber Road). This Theology on Tap event series is part of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet. For a listing of events and activities, visit diojoliet.org/75th.

  • Wednesday, April 17 
    Featuring Mike Gormley, the Lay Evangelist
    Michael currently serves as the Mission Evangelist for Paradisus Dei, a ministry dedicated to helping men, couples, and families discover the superabundance of God. He is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com and the co-host to two successful Catholic podcasts: Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow.
  • Thursday, June 13
    Featuring three newly ordained priests of the diocese: Reverends Jeremy Leganski, Alex Lorang, and Jared Rutnicki
    Fathers Jeremy, Alex, and Jared were ordained to the priesthood in May 2023. They are excited to share their vocation stories as well as remark on the tenents of the current celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet: founded in faith, called to witness, sent forth to serve.
  • Thursday, October 24
    Featuring Most Reverend Ronald Hicks
    Bishop Ron Hicks was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. He served at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago before serving as regional director at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in El Salvador. He was Dean of Formation at Mundelein Seminary before he was appointed Vicar General, then auxiliary bishop. He was named bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in 2020.


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Young Adult Bible Study — Begins Friday, April 5, 7–8:30 p.m.

  • Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus (604 N. Raynor, Joliet)
  • Held in the Bell Tower (park in the north lot off Raynor)
  • Half-hour of fellowship followed by study for the night. BYOB (bring your own bible)

Season 4 of The Chosen — April 13, 6:15 p.m.

  • Be inspired by the untold story of Jesus Christ!
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bolingbrook (1501 W. Boughton Road)

Sarah Swafford – Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 7–8:30 pm — Emotional Virtues

  • Women today are faced with a constant assault on their emotions, especially in the context of relationships. Sarah Swafford sets forth a vision for virtue at this event
  • Notre Dame Catholic Church, Clarendon Hills
  • Cost $10
  • Register and Tickets

Illinois March for Life – St. Petronille, Glen Ellyn

  • Wednesday, April 17, 8 am departure
  • Cost: $120 – Transportation, meals, and fellowship!
  • Register

Young Adult Christian Catholic Speed Dating — Monica Braun Relationship Coach — Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7–9:30 pm

Engage in the dating process and meet eligible Christian/Catholic singles. Speed dating provides you with the opportunity to personalize the dating experience by helping you meet and connect with potential matches. It is a relaxed and fun environment that will offer you a hands-on approach to dating.

    • Take your love life into your hands and see where the adventure takes you!
    • St Joan of Arc, Lisle IL  - Cost: $32.00
    • Register & more info

Get signed up for Catholic Sports Soccer League! It will be on Sundays, April 7 to May 19, from 2 to 8 pm

  • Ackerman Sports and fitness complex in Glen Ellyn
  • Last day of early registration will be on March 10. Last day of regular registration will be on March 25.
  • Early registration: $850 Team/$85 Free Agent
  • Regular registration: $1,000 Team/$100 Free Agent
  • Registration
  • Contact: [email protected]

Samuel Group is a community of young adults, ages 20-35, who are striving for holiness and seeking a deeper relationship with God. Over seven months, members will learn how to deepen their prayer life, discover the rules of discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola and receive guidance from a spiritual director.  

Learn more about Samuel Group

VENITE is a network of young adult communities spread throughout the Diocese of Joliet. Together, they are building a far-reaching network of peers that are seeking to follow Christ and create opportunities and spaces where we are free to fellowship with one another and encourage, help and support each other in our respective faith journeys and lives. 

Find an active young adult group

Jubilee of Young People Pilgrimage to Rome — July 24–August 4, 2025

  • This will be the 31st Jubilee year since 1300 AD. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and gathering of young adults during the Holy Year.
  • Journey through the Holy Doors at each Major Basilica: St. Peter, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Wall and St. Mary Major
  • Visit to the Vatican Museum and Colosseum
  • Pre-Tour: Milan, Turin, Sienna, Assisi followed by Rome (Basic Tour).
  • Your participation in this event allows you to receive a Jubilee Year plenary indulgence.
  • Grow in your experience of the Universal Church and develop lasting friendships with those attending.


Contact: Penny Borello, [email protected] or (630) 309-1851

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