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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]

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.  Please click here to register.

View the Samuel Group brochure to learn more

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.

To find an active young adult group, please contact Jim Elias at 815-221-6134 or

Learn more about VENITE Young Adult Network

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated every three years in a different country.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and His Church. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, through prayer and the sacraments, together with hundreds of thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

Join the Diocese of Joliet on a pilgrimage to celebrate World Youth Day is Lisbon, Portugal from July 29 - August 7, 2023 (optional pre-tour to Madrid from July 25 - 29).  Please click here for more information.

Learn more about World Youth Day