Koinonia: A Christ-Centered Approach to Community and Hospitality
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Koinonia This Greek word has no direct translation into English, but it can be understood as communion, fellowship, intimacy, solidarity, to share, and to act in common. In short, koinonia captures the reality of how we are meant to live with one another. Koinonia is what we are created for.

May Reflection on Gardening and Faith
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

One of the best companions we can have is mother Mary. She is a model of receptivity, trust, and discipleship – her yes to being the Mother of God paves the way for our small, everyday yeses to God’s plan. In this month of May, ask Mary to draw closer to you and be your companion in the garden of your soul.

Living the Pascal Mystery
Monday, April 29, 2024

At the end of the day, I look back and wonder: What did I really accomplish? Was I present to others? Was I present to the Lord? Did I live today, or did I just fill my time?

April Ministry Moments: Updates From Our Partner Parishes
Thursday, April 18, 2024

We asked our Partner Parishes to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a story that they'd like to share. Here are their answers.

April Reflection on Gardening and Faith
Thursday, April 11, 2024

This season, above all, is a season of joy. Death becomes life, darkness becomes light. The sorrowful are comforted, the despairing have hope, and the ground is teeming with the possibility of new life. We just experienced the greatest gift of our lives: the life-giving death of Jesus Christ. It seems backwards by human reasoning – how could life come from death? It’s one of the profound mysteries of our faith, and it points to the power, creativity, and mercy of God.

March Ministry Moments: Updates From Our Partner Parishes
Monday, March 25, 2024

We asked our Partner Parishes to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a story that they'd like to share. Here are their answers.

He Works Through Us
Friday, March 22, 2024

Judas sold Him out. Peter, James, and John couldn't stay awake for His vigil in the garden. Peter eventually betrayed Him. His own people wanted to kill Him. But these are the very people who should bring us hope.

March Reflection on Gardening and Faith
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Friends, how is the garden of your heart looking now that we are well into Lent? The pre-Lent preparatory work has given way to mid-Lent preparatory work – we are never truly finished growing.

Into the Wilderness to Meet God
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lent is about encounter. It’s about going out into the wilderness to meet the Lord. It’s about rejecting those things that get in the way of our relationship with Him and moving closer to His heart. It’s a time of healing.

Helpful Resources from Our Partner Parishes
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Here are some resources that our Partner Parishes found helpful in 2023.

February Reflection on Gardening and Faith
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

I always have a feeling of anticipation before Lent. The Mass readings seem a little more intense. Places of growth in my heart are rising to the surface. Bad habits are becoming more obvious. Ideas for how to approach the season with intentionality flash through my head. The air feels a little more charged. And God feels a little bit closer.

Insights From Our Partner Parishes: Reflecting On 2023
Monday, February 5, 2024

As we reflect on the previous year of ministry with young adults, here are some of the biggest lessons and insights from our partner parishes...

You Are a Gift to the World
Monday, January 15, 2024

You are a gift, and your life is a gift simply because you were created intentionally by a God who loves you. He didn’t need you (He doesn’t need any of us, really), but He wanted you to exist and so you do.

SEEK24 Data Study: Where do you see God’s light?
Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Saint Meinrad recently attended the SEEK Catholic conference in St. Louis where 20,000 participants – most of them college students – gathered to worship, share in community, and learn about our common call to discipleship.

January Reflection on Gardening and Faith
Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Every year in January, I’m reminded to take a moment (or many) to plan my goals for my little farm. There’s no grand resolution or major lifestyle change, but an ever growing, evolving, and learning process to improve. So, too, in our faith life do we need seasons of rest and planning.

Word of the Year
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

"Through a word of the year, we can become more attuned to God’s voice in Scripture or in our prayer. Oftentimes, when my word shows up in the Liturgy of the Hours or I hear it proclaimed in the Sunday readings, it captures my attention and refocuses me on what the Lord is speaking to my heart. "

Young Adult Testimony: How Alpha Impacted Me
Monday, December 18, 2023

Written by Jocelyn Alvarez who recently completed Alpha at St. John the Evangelist Parish. "Before Alpha, I was seriously doubting that God even existed. I grew up Catholic following my parents’ faith, went to a Catholic school, and did my holy sacraments. I do not have a strong faith background other than sometimes going to Mass on holidays and being promised a good breakfast after on Sundays... ...I would pray so much in my childhood, praying for the bad situations that came out of my household to change, but they never have and they unfortunately still haven't. Coming to Alpha I have realized God was listening and maybe not able to change my situation but giving me His ultimate love and strengthening me to continue to live under His guidance."

A Letter to Ministers in the Season of Advent
Monday, December 11, 2023

Originally published December 2022

Ministry Moments: Updates From Our Partner Parishes
Monday, December 4, 2023

Leaders from our ten partner parishes were asked to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a place they experienced God this month. Here are their testimonies.

What Kind of King Do We Have?
Sunday, November 26, 2023

A reflection for the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Mental Health and Ministry
Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Insights on mental health and ministry from our time with Beth Hlabse, M.S., LMHCA, director of the Fiat Program on Faith and Mental Health at the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Ministry Updates from Our Partner Parishes
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Leaders from our ten partner parishes were asked to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a place they experienced God this month. Here are their testimonies.

A Small Conversion
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

I was looking back through my journal and came across a reflection I had written while in Adoration earlier this year. It felt very timely to relive this experience, since our Church is inviting us to return to the Eucharist – the source and summit of our faith – during the National Eucharistic Revival...

A Reflection on Thomas the Believer
Monday, July 3, 2023

Today is the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. At Mass, we hear one of my favorite Gospel stories of all time: the appearance of Jesus to His disciples in the upper room...

From Our Partner Parishes: Tell Us About a Ministry Moment in the Last Month
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Leaders from our ten partner parishes were asked to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a place they experienced God this month. Here are their testimonies...

The Freedom of Discipline
Thursday, June 15, 2023

When I was in college, I was asked to give a witness talk for our Catholic center’s annual retreat. I was really excited…that is, until I received my topic: resolution and commitment...

Multicultural Young Adult Ministry: Five Things to Know!
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

On April 28-30, the Young Adult Initiative hosted our Spring 2023 Gathering – a semi-annual meeting of partner parish representatives at Saint Meinrad. Our presenter for the weekend was Katherine Angulo V., M.A., from the McGrath Institute at Notre Dame. She spoke to our group about multicultural parish and young adult ministry...

Reflections From Our Partner Parishes: Where Did You See God? - May 2023
Monday, May 15, 2023

Leaders from our ten partner parishes were asked to tell us about a ministry moment, an encounter with a young adult, or a place they experienced God this month. Here are their testimonies...

It's Time to Begin Again
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

A reflection on John 21:1-19 by Cassie Schutzer, director of the Young Adult Initiative...

Reflections From Our Partner Parishes: Where Did You See God? - April 2023
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Leaders from our ten partner parishes were asked, “Where did you see God at work in your life this month?” Here are their testimonies...

What's Working in Young Adult Ministry?
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The National Community of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) recently hosted an online conference on “What’s Working in Parent, Family and Adult Faith Formation” and invited our director, Cassie Schutzer, and Dr. Tracey Lamont from Loyola to speak about ministry with young adults...

Project Update: Insights From Our Partner Parishes
Saturday, February 4, 2023

As we reflect on the last year of ministry with young adults, here are some of the biggest lessons and insights from our partner parishes...

SEEK23: Catholic Conference in St. Louis
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Saint Meinrad recently attended the SEEK Catholic conference in St. Louis where 17,000 participants – most of them college students – gathered to worship, share in community, and learn about our common call to discipleship.

Who Do You Work For?
Monday, October 17, 2022

Ministry became synonymous with anxiety, which led me to question whether I had discerned my vocation correctly. Thankfully, I received the peace that I needed when God put a question on my heart: “Who do you work for?”

Accompaniment
Friday, September 23, 2022

We are built for community, and we were never meant to live a life of faith on our own. We desire spaces where we are seen, welcomed, and known. We desire people in our lives who love us despite the qualities we deem unlovable. We desire a place to share our God-given gifts with others.