Café Catholica

What is Café Catholica?

Café Catholica is a series for young adults (ages 18-39) sponsored by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has traditionally been held in a central location in Houston in the summers. The summer event has proven so successful that the event is expanding to offer a second series this coming January-February 2019 on the North side of Houston.

The event highlights several dynamic Catholic speakers on topics that are pertinent to young adults. This is not just a boring “Church talk”! It is a chance to gather with hundreds of smart, passionate young adults who are searching for God and want to grow and be challenged in their faith. The event also offers opportunities for Mass, confession, and dinner! There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted.

The theme for the 2019 North series is: Be Bold, Be Authentic, Belong. Full details are listed below. Please consider joining us for one or all of the sessions!

Café Catholica-North 2019

Café Catholica is expanding with a new series hosted in four parishes on the North side of Houston. Café Catholica-North, “Be Bold, Be Authentic, Belong” is a dinner-lecture series open to young adults (ages 18-39) featuring dynamic speakers, prayer, dinner, and socializing. 

Nightly Schedule

  • 5:15 p.m. - Confession
  • 6 p.m. - Mass
  • 6:45 p.m. - Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. - Talk

Come for all or part of the evening! No charge to attend but donations are accepted. 

Jan. 7: Be a Missionary in the Modern World

Dr. Alex Gotay
Director of Campus Ministry at St. Thomas High School

Sacred Heart - Conroe
109 N. Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77301

Jan. 21: Be Present to Those in the Shadows

Panel from Amistad-Houston/Catholic charities
(focused on social justice issues)

Sts. Simon and Jude - The Woodlands
26777 Glen Loch Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381

Feb. 4:  Be Loved

Michaela Barta
Young Adult Minister from St. Laurence

St. Ignatius of Loyola - Spring
7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379

Feb. 18: Beyond My Personal Faith

Dr. Joe Magee
Director of Campus Ministry for Sam Houston State & Texas Medical Center Universities

Christ the Redeemer - Northwest Houston
11507 Huffmeister Rd., Houston, TX 77065




Become a Café-North Sponsor

Please consider advertising your ministry or business with us through this event. We are anticipating between 300-500 young adults to attend each session. There are two ways to advertise:

1.      Purchase an ad in our Café booklet. The booklet is handed out to every participant each week and includes information about the speakers and topics, ads from various sponsors, and information about young adult events in the local area. This is a great way to get your name, ministry, or business seen by hundreds of young adults throughout all four weeks. Total image size should be:


Full Page

5 x 7.75


Half Page

5 x 3.75


Quarter Page

5 x 1.75



2.      Sponsor a table during the event. Sponsors are allowed to sign up for any of the nights, however they will be limited to one table per night (cost is $50). Tables give appropriate groups and businesses the opportunity to educate young adults about vocations, service opportunities, ministries, Catholic religious goods and more. Table sponsors will be listed in the program.

All ads are subject to approval by the YACM office and venue staff. All Café Sponsors must register online here by November 14, 2018.


For more information contact the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry at 713-741-8778 or



 2018 Summer Speakers and Talks (listen online) 

How to Pray, What to Say, and When to Shut Up

Speaker: Mike Gormley - Coordinator of Evangelization at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, National Speaker. 

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past 10 years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries. He has his Undergraduate Degrees in both Philosophy and Theology, and a Masters in Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry, from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Evangelization at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands. Michael is also the founder and creative director of, and the producer and co-host of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of faith and culture. He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him

Embracing Authentic Love

Speakers: Mary Caprio- Pastoral Associate at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

Mary Caprio is currently one of the Pastoral Associates at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in charge of Evangelization and Administration.  She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of St. Thomas in theology and is an Associate Fellow for the St. John Paul II Foundation.  Mary is a Certified Fertility Care Practitioner for the Creighton Model System.   Prior to her current position, Mary was a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and worked in the field of HIV/AIDS nursing. 

Mary attended the University of Texas for her undergraduate degree in nursing; Loyola University of Chicago for her Masters in Nursing; Franciscan University of Steubenville for her Masters in Theology and The John Paul Institute in Washington DC for her Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis on bioethics, marriage, and family.  She obtained her certification in Fertility Care through the Pope Paul VI Institute in 2013.  

The Good News with Cardinal DiNardo

Speaker: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo - Archbishop of Gavleston-Houston

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.7 million-plus Catholics (and the 6.2 million people within the Archdiocese) and 435 priests in 146 parishes and 59 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised with three siblings in Castle Shannon near Pittsburgh, Cardinal DiNardo attended St. Anne grade school and the Jesuit-run Bishop's Latin school before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and degrees of Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977 and served as parish pastor, seminary professor, spiritual director, and in the chancery. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch (the house for American clergy), and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991 he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as pastor to several parishes and again in the chancery.

He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and ordained there as a bishop in October 1997. As his Episcopal motto he adopted: Ave Crux Spes Unica, meaning "Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope." He succeeded retiring Bishop Lawrence Donald Soens of Sioux City in November of 1998.

He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. On June 29, 2006, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. As a member of the Sacred College, he served as a Cardinal-Elector in the Papal Conclave of 2013, which saw the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter. In November of the same year, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. He currently serves as President of the USCCB, having been elected on November 15, 2016. He is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for the Economy, and is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Tilling the Rocky Soil - Overcoming Obstacles to Love

Speaker: Rev. Sean Kilcawley - Integrity Restored, Director of Family Life Office Diocese of Lincoln, National Speaker.

Fr. Sean Kilcawley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 with a BS in Middle East Foreign Area Studies. After serving for three years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army he entered St Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward Nebraska as a pre-theologian for the Diocese of Lincoln, NE. Fr. Kilcawley earned a Masters of Divinity and a STB from St Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2005 and then served the diocese of Lincoln for four years as a High School teacher of religion and parochial vicar. In 2013, Fr. Kilcawley completed an STL (summa cum laude) at the John Paul II institute for marriage and family in Rome. He currently serves as Diocesan Director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of Lincoln, as well as Program Director/Theological Advisor for Integrity Restored.



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