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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]

St. Joseph the Worker Retreat

Saturday, December 9, 2023
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Old St. Patrick's Church
West Adams Street 700
Chicago, Illinois

St. Joseph Saturdays are retreats open to the public that encourage young professionals to "look upon work with the eyes of faith" and see God's presence in their vocations and professional lives. Retreats include time for guided reflections, group discussion, confession, and Mass.

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Notre Dame Adult Christmas Party

Friday, December 15, 2023
7 p.m.
Notre Dame Parish (lower-level Union and French Rooms)
64 Norfolk Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Wear ugly Christmas sweaters and enjoy a white elephant gift exchange, games, cocoa and more!

Trivia Night

Saturday, January 6, 2024
6:15 p.m.
Resurrection Catholic Church
30W350 Army Trail Road
Wayne, IL, 60184

This Sporcle event sponsored by Resurrection and the Knights of Columbus will feature trivia, pizza, beer and wine. 

Epiphany Ball

Saturday, January 6, 2024
St. Petronille Parish Life Center
420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn

Catholic Sports, St. Petronille Parish and Notre Dame Parish are proud to present the second-annual Young Adult Epiphany Ball, featuring live music from the Mike Knauf Jazz Quartet. Event includes Mass at 5 p.m., dancing, appetizers, drinks, and music. 

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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

Several Young Adult events are held each year to enrich your faith, build community, and grow relationships with Jesus Christ and your peers. The following events will be hosted by the diocese; more details to come.

  • Spring 2024  April 18 at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill (featuring Mike Gormley, the Lay Evangelist)
  • Summer 2024  June 13 at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill (featuring three newly ordained priests: Fr. Jeremy, Fr. Jared and Fr. Alex Lorang)
  • Fall 2024  October 24 at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill (featuring Bishop Hicks)

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 26 to August 4, 2025
Optional Italy pre-tour and Amalfi Coast post-tour

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