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Youth and Young Adults

Young Adult Ministry



Rosemarie Banich



Michelle Ducker


Pastoral Juvenil Hispana


Krysthell Aragon


“Young adults have many gifts to offer the Church: their faith, their hope, their desire to serve, their spiritual hunger, their vitality, their optimism and idealism, their talents and skills. The world also looks with hope to young adults to bring about a better future…” (National Directory of Catechesis, Chapter 7: 48c)

Young adulthood is both a time of great promise and great challenge, especially in today’s culture. The decisions young adults make made during this time could have long lasting or permanent effects on the rest of their lives: vocation, career, and choice of spouse are just some of the many possibilities.

It is important we communicate to our young adults how valued they are to us, that as Saint John Paul II said in his Homily at Sunday Mass on World Youth Day 1993 in Denver Colorado "The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people's hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love."

The Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami seeks and strives to serve our young adults by offering support, resources and opportunities to discover and enjoy the limitless possibilities that can be ours when we make faith an integral and vibrant part of our daily life.

We do this by:

  • Creating and/or supporting quality programming designed to meet the goals and strategies of “Sons and Daughters of the Light” by helping young adults encounter and grow closer to Jesus Christ, His Church and Her Mission, as well as their peers in a vibrant community of faith through spiritual formation, service and fellowship opportunities.
  • Building bridges of community, collaboration and lasting friendships between our various groups.
  • Assisting new parish groups with their startup processes or the revitalizing of existing groups
  • Supporting the many great young adult events provided throughout our Archdiocese and providing a forum for the sharing of these events.
  • And much more.

Check our EVENTS SECTION in this web site for details and upcoming dates for the events listed below

Contact our office for more information.

Programs & Events

Illuminare la Notte

(Italian for “Light up the night”) is our anchor event for young adults 18-39, as well as our ministry motto as we strive to grow together in faith to be Christ’s light for each other and the world. This multilingual evening of prayer, renewal and community begins with Mass followed by Adoration with Confessions and individual prayer, ending with fellowship. The Office of Youth And Young Adult Ministry hosts two Illuminare La Notte events, with parish young adult groups hosting their own “Neighborhood Editions” in between once trained and provided with tools for a successful event by our office.

Faith Uncorked

Young adults in their 20s and 30s "uncork" conversations with dynamic speakers at local spots. Archdiocese of Miami YAM hosts one series each year, with parish young adult groups hosting their own events in between, once trained and provided with tools for a successful event by our office.

Inizio / Iniziare

In its commitment to help young adults have vibrant communities to connect to and thrive in, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry offers a process we’ve come to call INIZIARE (Italian for “beginning”), designed to help groups get started or re-started.

Trips & Pilgrimages

There are plentiful opportunities for young adults to join pilgrimages or service mission trips with other young adults with our office or other hosting ministries. Below is a sampling, or check the events section of this website for more opportunities throughout the Archdiocese.

  • World Youth Day
  • March for Life
  • Annual Rosary Pilgrimage Through The Florida Keys
  • Mission /Service Trips with St. Augustine Parish and Catholic Student Center at UM
  • Mission/Service Trips with Amor en Acción

Other events

From sports outings like our annual Young Adult Night at the Marlins to so much more. In our widely diverse Archdiocese rich with groups and their corresponding events this is just a sampling of all that is available!


There are multiple retreat opportunities offered for young adults throughout the year.

Annual Saint Vincent De Paul Seminary Young Adult Retreat

Join hundreds of young adults on February of each year for a day filled with learning, sharing, renewal and fellowship. This annual retreat is offered by the St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

St. Augustine Parish and Catholic Student Center at UM Retreats

From spiritual renewal to island adventures and mission trips for both college students and young adult professionals, the St Augustine Parish and Catholic Student Center at UM a multitude of amazing opportunities!

Retiro anual en Español Para Jóvenes Adultos

Un tiempo de aprendizaje, crecimiento, renovación y mucha hermandad para nuestros jóvenes hispanos, abarcando temas diferentes cada año y como éstos se conectan con nuestra vida diaria y caminar espiritual.

More Retreats

Additional spiritual growth and renewal opportunities hosted by various parishes and groups throughout the Archdiocese of Miami may be found on the events section of this website, with retreats more specific to young adults found in the “youth and young adults” category of the events section.

Other Ministry Support Services

Training and mentoring of leaders or staff, assistance with young adult ministry staff recruiting and hiring, identifying and sharing resource and continuing formation opportunities, in addition to other support as needed. For upcoming training and support opportunities, visit the events section of this website under the “youth and young adults” category or invite us to conduct a session at your parish by contacting or 305-762-1189.

"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
-WYD Rome,19 August 2000

Young Adult Groups

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (PJH)

The Pastoral Juvenil Hispana is a Young Adult Ministry Council composed of Hispanic young adults serving the Catholic Church as leaders in their diverse parish groups and movements of the Archdiocese of Miami. They serve as a connecting point between Young Adult groups to share events, information and resources, promoting unity and collaboration among young adults in our Archdiocese.

The mission of this Council is to encourage and promote evangelization processes which will allow Hispanic young adults in the Archdiocese of Miami to encounter Christ and lead them to an integral development, through formation, training, and living and celebrating our faith in a spirituality of communion and apostolic commitment. The PJH also hosts various events throughout the year such as an annual young adult group leaders’ retreat, their anniversary gala celebration, and PASCUA JOVEN … and much more.