Kami Knies Joins Saint Meinrad YAI Staff

Kami Knies has joined the staff of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN. Kami will be an Administrative & Research Assistant for the Saint Meinrad Young Adult Initiative in the Office of Youth & Young Adult Formation.

Kami is finishing her Master of Science at Purdue University in Agricultural Science Education and Communication. During her time at Purdue, she assisted with various programs that targeted youth learning and young adult transformational learning.

The Saint Meinrad Young Adult Initiative was awarded a $1.38 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. in 2017 to begin a program intended to improve parish outreach to young adults and better engage them with the Catholic Church.

The initiative is a five-year project that will lead a group of 16 regional parishes to engage young adults (ages 23-29) in parish life.

Parishes chosen for Young Adult Initiative

Sixteen parishes have been chosen to participate in the Young Adult Initiative of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.

The program is funded by a $1.38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to improve parish outreach to young adults and better engage them with the Catholic Church. Parishes were invited to apply for the program, and Saint Meinrad received 96 applications.

The parishes that will participate in the program for the next four years are:

  • Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Knoxville, TN, Diocese of Knoxville
  • Christ the King Parish, Ferdinand, IN, Diocese of Evansville
  • Church of the Holy Angels Parish, Indianapolis, IN, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • Holy Family Parish, Brentwood, TN, Diocese of Nashville
  • Holy Spirit Parish, Bowling Green, KY, Diocese of Owensboro
  • Immaculate Conception Parish, La Grange, KY, Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Lexington, KY, Diocese of Lexington
  • Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Jeffersonville, IN, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, New Albany, IN, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Zionsville, IN, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
  • St. Augustine Parish, Lebanon, KY, Archdiocese of Louisville
  • St. Bartholomew Parish, Columbus, IN, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • St. Cecilia Parish, Cincinnati, OH, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • St. Clare of Assisi Parish, O’Fallon, IL, Diocese of Belleville
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish, St. John, IN, Diocese of Gary
  • St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, IN, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

The parishes represent five states and 13 dioceses. Parishes range in size from 259 households to 2,578 households.

“We went through a lengthy but thorough selection process and prayerful discernment to find a wide variety of parish settings and situations,” said Michal Horace, director of the Young Adult Initiative. “The partner parishes include small, mid-size and large parishes, as well as rural, urban and suburban parishes. Many of the partner parishes have multicultural congregations.”

In partnership with Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, parishes will explore the demographics of their communities, learn more about today’s young adults (ages 23-29), and develop innovative strategies to better meet the spiritual needs of the young adults in their parish.

“The overwhelming response we received to our call for applications is proof that the Church is paying attention to the needs of young adults,” said Tammy Becht, director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Formation at Saint Meinrad. “I think that outreach and ministry to the young Church is going through a time of rediscovery and redefinition. We’re honored to be part of the New Evangelization by creating dialogue and an atmosphere that focuses on the young Church with these 16 congregations.”

Applications now open for Young Adult Initiative

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.

Michal Horace Hired to Lead Young Adult Initiative at Saint Meinrad

Michal Horace of Portland, OR, has joined the staff of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN. Michal is the director of a new program called the Young Adult Initiative.

In December, Saint Meinrad was awarded 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. The Lilly Endowment is based in Indianapolis and awarded this grant as part of a $19 million ecumenical project involving 12 Christian organizations.

During the initial phase of the five-year project, a group of parishes will be selected to collaborate with and to identify and engage young adults (ages 23-29) in parish life.

Most recently, Horace served as director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Portland. From 1997 until 2001, he served as associate director, and then director, of the Office of Youth Ministry at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. He also worked for Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis as coordinator of youth ministry.

Other experience in youth ministry includes serving as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ World Youth Day-Krakow Advisory Committee, as a member of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry Board of Directors, and as a board member of Catholic Youth Foundation-USA.

Horace received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Saint Louis University.

Saint Meinrad receives Lilly grant for young adult initiative

Pastors long to connect with a coveted demographic – young people in their 20s landing their first full-time jobs and charting independence while searching for community. Yet few church leaders have the insights or tools they need to reach this emerging generation of adults, who are often absent from church life despite their deep concerns about faith.

In an effort to inspire and equip congregations, Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a $19.4 million initiative to help religious leaders reach young adults and work with them to create new ministries.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, has received a $1.38 million grant from Lilly Endowment to begin an initiative intended to improve parish outreach to young adults and better engage them with the Catholic Church.

Beginning in 2017, Saint Meinrad’s new program will identify and partner with area Catholic parishes to explore the demographics of their communities and educate them about the marks of young adulthood.

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 parish congregations to form young adults in discipleship by creating service and study opportunities.

Another part of the initiative will be to assist parishes in mentoring young adults in the rituals of daily life in the domestic church (the church of the home). The aim is to help young adults to form a sense of community and Catholic identity in their homes, eventually leading them back to a parish congregation.

“I’m excited about this new endeavor for Saint Meinrad,” said Tammy Becht. “It’s an honor to be entrusted with such work on behalf of the young Church. I’m happy that Lilly is investing so much not only in us, but also in other organizations that will be focusing on the same vision for the young Church.”

Becht is the director of Saint Meinrad’s “One Bread, One Cup” program, which conducts five-day liturgical leadership conferences each summer for high school youth and their adult leaders. She will oversee the young adult initiative.