We know that there are many ministries like yours that are doing important work. We want to help! Our goal is foster regional collaboration among Ignatian ministries serving young adults (20's and 30's), so that all of us can better minister to their spiritual needs.
We have created regional calendars, so that young adults can find info all in one place about events and programs in their area. The idea is to help young adults get involved by letting them know what opportunities are out there.
We believe that collaboration is the key to success. The Church is facing a crisis of young adults becoming disengaged or leaving entirely. While each ministry has important gifts to offer, the solution to this crisis will only be achieved through the creativity and innovation of an entire community banding together on a shared mission. Our hope is that these shared Ignatian Young Adult Community Calendars are a starting point for this mission. AMDG.
During COVID, we are maintaining a single online events calendar.
All are invited to post their events and programs on our calendars. But, we have a few guidelines and ground rules in order to create the best experience possible for the young adults we serve:
1. Events/programs must be intended for young adults (20's and 30's).
There are lots of great programs out there, and many of them would like to have more young people involved. We get that, and we encourage those efforts. However, since these calendars seek to foster local communities of young adults committed to the Ignatian way, we ask that posted events be intended specifically for young adults, and limited to this audience as much as possible. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops defines "young adults" as people in their 20's and 30's, and so do we.
2. The purpose (ultimately) of the event/program should be to bring people closer to God.
You are certainly welcome to post happy-hour events, social functions, etc. We love these kinds of things, and so do young adults. But, we ask that such events demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the Church. This need not be explicit at each event, but it should be clearly conveyed through the program's overall mission, or that of the affiliated/sponsoring organization.
3. Events/programs must be affiliated with a Christian organization.
We ask that all events/programs posted on these calendars be affiliated in some way with a Christian organization. While our own mission is inspired by the spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola and sponsored by the Society of Jesus, we recognize that as Christians we share our mission with many organizations and communities. We ask that postings have a demonstrable affiliation with such an organization.
If you have questions about these guideline, or are unsure if your event/program meets these criteria, please contact Henry Frank, our communications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that postings are reviewed before they are posted to the live calendar to make sure they conform to the guidelines stated above. Postings are typically reviewed and posted within 24 hours. We reserve the right to remove content that we deem to be beyond the purposes of this project.
Questions? Send us a quick message.
There are number of us working on this project, so if you have specific questions, let us help you find the right person to speak with.
Info on our partners is available on each region's page (at the bottom).