Diocesan contingent at World Youth Day Poland, summer 2016

Young Adults

Young people gathered around a kitchen table, laughter

Young Adult Leadership Institute 2020 - Now enrolling!

Are you a young adult between 21 and 35 years old looking for meaningful opportunities to live out your faith and values at work, with your family and friends, and in the world? Then consider applying for the Young Adult Leadership Institute!

During the Leadership Institute, you'll explore and develop skills relating to:

Personal Strengths and Gifts, Conflict Resolution, Dialogue, Collaboration, Intercultural Competencies, Discernment, Prayer

Learn More and Apply »

Young adults with Bishop Walkowiak at the V Encuentro, Sept. 2018

“God is the giver of youth and he is at work in the life of each young adult. [This] is a blessed time for the young and a grace for the Church and for the world. Young adulthood is joy, a song of hope and a blessing.” (Christus Vivit, 135)


The Diocese of Grand Rapids supports and strengthens those who evangelize and accompany young adults as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ as missionary disciples.

The Office for Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministries does this by:

  • Forming, equipping, and supporting parish and organizational leaders in their ministry with young adults,
  • Modeling and fostering a ministry of accompaniment among young adults of all cultures, languages, socioeconomic and geographic realities,
  • Forming and supporting young adult Catholics as they witness to Jesus Christ in their daily lives.
Diocesan contingent at World Youth Day Poland, summer 2016

Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Grand Rapids

Cathedral Young Adults - Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Holy Brew, Pub Trivia, small groups, service activities, speakers
Contact: Father Michael Hennessy, fathermichael@cathedralofsaintandrew.org
Website | Facebook | Catholic Young Adults - Grand Rapids Facebook Group
For updates:
Text CYAGR to 84576

St. Raphael Catholic Group

For single Catholics 40 and over
Contact: Joan, Karen, or Ed at StRaphaelsSingles1@gmail.com

Koinonia, Verso L’Alto Ministries at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center

Tuesdays: 6:45 p.m. evening prayer, 7 p.m. rosary, 7:30 - 9 p.m. speaker and social hour after
Additional activities: Weekly speakers, Lenten retreat, mountaineering trip, socials
Contact: David and Amy Marchinda, 616-454-6259
To get added to the weekly email, send request to: d.a.marchinda@gmail.com

Young adult receives Communion during Mass at St. Luke University Parish, Jan. 2019

Catholic Connect - Holy Spirit Parish

Wednesday nights rotating catechesis, adoration, serving at pregnancy care center, socials
Contact: Marie Goodman or David Massura, CatholicConnect@gmail.com
Website | Facebook

Thaddeus Society - St. Jude Parish

Small groups meeting on a weekly basis, monthly socials
Contact: Sue Wuorinen, 616-363-6885, ext. 1166
Website | Facebook

Hope College students at March for Life 2019

Catholic Artists Guide

Every other Monday night
Contact: Andrew Monpetit

Authenticum - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Speaker series, 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids

Campus Ministry at Aquinas
Website | Facebook

Ferris State University
Big Rapids

St. Mary-St. Paul Parish, Big Rapids (Website)

Catholic Newman Center at FSU - Welcome Video (Facebook)
Website | Facebook | Ferris Catholic Facebook Group | Instagram | Twitter

Grand Valley State University
Allendale (Georgetown Twp.)

St. Luke University Parish, Allendale (Website)

Laker Catholics
Website | Facebook | Instagram


Hope College

St. Francis de Sales Parish, Holland (Website)

Saint Benedict Institute
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Hope Catholics