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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]

Several Young Adult events are held each year to enrich your faith, build community, and grow relationships with Jesus Christ and your peers. 

Bring all your friends and join us for appetizers, drinks, faith and fellowship! All events will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill (16555 Weber Road). This Theology on Tap event series is part of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet. For a listing of events and activities, visit

  • Wednesday, April 17 
    Featuring Mike Gormley, the Lay Evangelist
    Michael currently serves as the Mission Evangelist for Paradisus Dei, a ministry dedicated to helping men, couples, and families discover the superabundance of God. He is also the founder and creative director of and the co-host to two successful Catholic podcasts: Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow.
  • Thursday, June 13
    Featuring three newly ordained priests of the diocese: Reverends Jeremy Leganski, Alex Lorang, and Jared Rutnicki
    Fathers Jeremy, Alex, and Jared were ordained to the priesthood in May 2023. They are excited to share their vocation stories as well as remark on the tenents of the current celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Joliet: founded in faith, called to witness, sent forth to serve.
  • Thursday, October 24
    Featuring Most Reverend Ronald Hicks
    Bishop Ron Hicks was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. He served at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago before serving as regional director at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in El Salvador. He was Dean of Formation at Mundelein Seminary before he was appointed Vicar General, then auxiliary bishop. He was named bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in 2020.


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Theology on Tap

January 29 and February 5, 2024
Coom's Corner Sports Grill
1225 E. 9th St., Lockport

Doors open at 7 p.m.; talk begins at 7:15 p.m. Fr. Thomas Loya will speak on The Urgent and Relevant Witness of 20th Century Eastern Catholic Martyrs Under Soviet Communism on 1/29, and Vocation Director Fr. Steven Borello will present on 2/5. 

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Men's Morning of Perspective

February 17, 2024
7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Parish
114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard

Inspiring speakers include Fr. Matt Nathan, Fr. Steven Borello, Fr. Mark Rosenbaum, Fr. Brian Geary, and others, who will present on the importance of Reconciliation, the Eucharist, our Creed, and vocations. This free event incudes breakfast, lunch, Confession, and Mass; goodwill offerings requested. 


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

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

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