Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, has received a $1.38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to begin an initiative intended to improve parish outreach to young adults and better engage them with the Catholic Church.
Applications are now being accepted for parishes interested in improving their engagement with young adults ages 23-29. By partnering with Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, parishes will explore the demographics of their communities, learn more about today’s young adults, and develop innovative strategies to better meet the spiritual needs of the young adults in their parish.
Twelve to 15 parishes will be selected to participate in the program. Saint Meinrad will then help these parishes to create a specific plan to engage young adults. Through outreach into the local community, hosting events that include prayer, worship and fellowship, the program will help parishes to form young adults in discipleship by creating service and study opportunities.
To apply for the program, visit the online application at: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/young-adult-initiative/. Because the program will involve Saint Meinrad staff visiting parishes and parish staff visiting Saint Meinrad, the program is open to parishes in these dioceses:
Illinois: Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Belleville, Diocese of Joliet, Diocese of Peoria, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Indiana: Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Diocese of Evansville, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Diocese of Gary, Diocese of Lafayette
Kentucky: Archdiocese of Louisville, Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Diocese of Owensboro
Missouri: Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (eastern half only)
Ohio: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Diocese of Columbus (western half only)
Tennessee: Diocese of Knoxville, Diocese of Memphis, Diocese of Nashville
Application deadline is Friday, October 6.