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Detroit Catholic Young Adults

We exist to serve young adults, ages 18-35 including college students, singles, professionals, engaged and married couples, and new parents.

We form joyful, missionary disciples who continue to develop an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, to actively live out the Christian vocation and participate in the mission of the Church.

We equip young adults with the tools to develop a healthy spiritual life, live their vocations boldly and joyfully, carry out acts of mercy, and lead others to Christ.

Working with young adults and leaders around the Archdiocese, we help you encounter Jesus in prayer, Scripture, the Sacraments, in experiences of God’s healing, in the community of the Church, and through authentic, holy friendships.

We provide you with opportunities to grow in your faith and understanding, and in your relationships with Jesus and others. And we’ll equip and inspire you to live life as joyful, missionary disciples leading others to deeper relationships with Christ and His Church.

Beyond the Calendar

Ignatian Leadership Program


From Ignatian Young Adult Ministries and Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church

CLA is a national leadership program for young adults in 10 major cities, rooted in the spirituality tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The world needs Ignatian leaders — passionate “contemplatives in action” discerning God’s movements in their lives and responding out of love as hopeful, joyful people with and for others. This kind of leadership flows from a deep spiritual life and inspired sense of purpose. When you join CLA, you will be given the chance to become a Contemplative Leader in Action.

You will be part of a community made up of passionate, encouraging peers. You will have opportunities to explore Ignatian spirituality and learn how to integrate it in your life. You will learn from generous, inspiring people dedicated to sharing their leadership insights. Through presentations, discussion, reading, prayer, and reflection you will have the time and space to contemplate the meaning of your life, the needs of the world, and how you choose to respond.

If you are a young adult (24-39), eager to improve your effectiveness as a leader, and willing to put your spirituality into action in service to others, then CLA is for you! Our ideal cohort is composed of people from diverse identities, professional experiences, and educational backgrounds. Cohort members enjoy 18 monthly meetings along with annual retreats and days of reflection, interacting with inspiring professionals and reflecting on the intersections of career, faith, family and leadership.

Apply by May 31. To learn more, visit CLA-Contemplative Leaders in Action, CLA-Detroit, and our FAQs. Online Info Session May 10, 7:30PM. Local Contact: Carrie Czajka, cladet@ignatianyoungadults.org.

JPII Project - Love & Truth Seminar

Jun 20-27 | Shenandoah, VA & Washington, D.C.

Did you hear? This June, The John Paul II Project is launching a Love & Truth Seminar, JP2-style! There will be an outdoor adventure, spiritual retreat, intellectual formation and so much more in Shenandoah, VA & Washington, DC. In one week, dive deep into what it means to build the civilization of love and truth today. Encounter Christ, community & Creation. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

Register by May 13 to get the early bird discount: $345 for this all-inclusive opportunity.

Head over to https://jp2project.org/love-truth-seminar/ to get all the incredible details!

Acts of the Apostles Scripture Challenge
This Easter Season

The Acts of the Apostles is the powerful story of the beginning of the Church after the Resurrection. This Easter season, take part in the Scripture Challenge, reading through all of the Acts of the Apostles, prayerfully reflecting on the Word, and taking up the challenge to live out your call as a missionary disciple.

We have easy-to-use content to help you. Consider doing this with a few friends together as a small group over the 7 weeks of the Easter season. You won't be disappointed if you give God time with his Word. Sign up to receive the content.

Run So as to Win the Race Scripture Challenge

We are inviting all joyful missionary disciples to read the four Gospels, the New Testament, or the whole bible in 2021! We’ve broken it down into 6 different challenges, depending on what you feel you can commit to. Join a saintly guild and commit to making 2021 a year to grow closer to Jesus, the Word of God!

  • 5k Challenge Holy Family Guild – Follow 52 Sundays each week (for parents and families)
  • 10k Challenge Blessed Stanley Rother Guild – Daily Reading of the Gospel
  • Half-Marathon Challenge St. Josephine Bakhita Guild – Reading the New Testament in a Year
  • Full Marathon Challenge Our Lady of Guadalupe Guild – Reading the Whole Bible in a Year
  • Triathlon Challenge Blessed Solanus Casey Guild – New Testament in a Year, Monthly Confession, and join a small group
  • Ironman Challenge St. John Paul II Guild – Reading the Whole Bible in a Year, Monthly Confession, join a small group, and Daily Rosary

Fill out the form to let us know which challenge you’re taking on, and if you are reading through the Bible in a year, you’ll receive a reading plan for how to do that!

Small Groups

Small groups are a great way to come together with other disciples to encourage and build each other up as we try to grow in our relationship with God. All young adults are encouraged to join or form a small group faith or Bible study. Consider inviting a few friends, family, or coworkers to get together weekly for an hour and a half to read a passage from the Bible, possibly using a Bible study to help with the content, and then discuss what the Holy Spirit opens up to you. It is a simple way to share your faith with each other and to help build each other up as we try to become better disciples. You’ll grow closer to God and build authentic friendships. For upcoming webinars and other resources for how to lead and participate in small groups, go here. You’ll also find links to very clear guidelines on how to start and participate in small groups in this article. If you have any questions or need help, reach out to yacm@aod.org

JPII Project – Catholic Study Abroad – Krakow Poland
Summer and Fall 2021

Come study abroad in beautiful Krakow, Poland in the example and footsteps of St. John Paul II! Open to students from any university. This might be the change, the growth, the exciting and profound experience you need. In the words of Christ, echoed often by St. John Paul the Great, BE NOT AFRAID. Applications are being accepted now. Find out how to work out a semester abroad in breathtaking Poland.

JPII Project - Young Adult Theology of the Body Pilgrimage 2021

Jul 23 – Aug 1 | Krakow, Poland

Venture through the breathtaking mountains & basilicas where Theology of the Body was born. The Theology of the Body Program is a combination outdoor retreat & pilgrimage for postgraduate young adults through John Paul II’s beloved Krakow and Tatra mountains. Each day is filled with deep prayer, beautiful adventure, authentic fellowship, & an in-depth seminar by a PhD specialist on JP2’s Theology of the Body: a scripture-based vision of human dignity, sexuality & the vocation to love. Apply today!

OLGC Young Adult Bible Study Groups

Mondays at 7PM

Join young adults with Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth for weekly Bible studies! Encounter God in the Scriptures and build friendships. Two options:

  • Mondays at 7pm
  • Tuesdays at 7pm

If interested, email ya@olgcparish.net or join their Discord online server to stay in the loop with ministry updates, and have a space available for virtual Bible studies.

St. Fabian Young Adults – Rosary & More

Sundays at 11:15am

Join young adults with St. Fabian, Farmington Hills on Sundays at 11:15am to pray the rosary. Find out more about opportunities to meet others and grow in your faith together.

St. Mary Sports Nights

Check out the St. Mary Royal Oak Young Adult Group Facebook page for upcoming details. Coed sports nights are organized for most Thursday evenings.


The Archdiocese of Detroit continues providing more daily resources and inspiration for you with great articles, videos, podcasts and more at https://www.unleashthegospel.org

Article: Four Resources Get Started in a Small Group
Refer to these guides to get started as a small group participant or facilitator and discover the grace of sharing community in Christ!

Podcast: Open Door Policy – Kate Bryan
Kate Bryan, Founder and CEO of 1 Girl Revolution, shares her experience of growing up with chronic illness and how it inspired her to amplify the stories of women across the country.

Video: Unleashed | Fr. Gabriel Richard’s Journey to Detroit
It’s here! The premiere episode of ‘Unleashed’ — our new series telling stories of joyful missionary disciples and their work to unleash the Gospel in southeast Michigan — is out now. This first episode features John Lodwig, who serves as Docent at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit, the burial place of Fr. Gabriel Richard. He tells the adventure-filled history of Fr. Richard’s life from escaping the French Revolution to journeying across the Atlantic, and making his way to Detroit. Did you know that as Pastor of Ste. Anne in the 19th century, Fr. Richard served Catholics in the region from Toledo to Minnesota? Watch now!


HELP NEEDED – Pope Francis Center – Serving the Homeless

The Pope Francis Center in Detroit provides vital services to the city’s homeless. On an average day, they welcome nearly 200 guests and provide them with nutritious meals, showers, laundry and access to doctors, dentists, lawyers, and housing providers through our free clinics.

As they temporarily move their operations indoors to the TCF Center, they need volunteers! As a volunteer, you will be helping out with many different tasks: serving food, cleaning and organizing, passing out toiletries and clothes, greeting guests, and more. When you arrive for your shift, you will meet with Harrison Plaskey, their Program Director. Harrison will walk you through the day and assign tasks. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Blake at maggie@popefranciscenter.org

or give her a call at (313) 964-2823 x213. More information and sign up to help here.

Responding to the Sin of Racism

As our culture wrestles with the sin of racism, the Archdiocese of Detroit has provided statements from Archbishop Vigneron, his pastoral note on racism, podcast episodes, webinars, articles, and more. Check out these resources to help you discern how God may be calling you to respond to the sin of racism.

Support Catholic Charities

Choose a way to help our local Catholic Charities! Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan needs your help as they support those in most need during this difficult time. You can donate money, food or other needed items, or volunteer to help out at food pantries, soup kitchens and with senior outreach!

Donate Blood

Want to help save lives? Donate blood to the American Red Cross. Find a time and place that work for you and schedule your gift today!

Support Your Parish

The work of the Church continues and provides us with opportunities to encounter God, grow in our relationships with God and others, and to witness to our faith. Your local parish and the Archdiocese need your help. Consider making a gift to your parish or the diocese by visiting give.aod.org.

Patrick Howard
Young Adult and Campus Ministry Coordinator