From Practicing Catholics to Apostles in Mission

9 week formation program in leadership and evangelization for yong adults in their 20's and 30's

Overview-Goals of the Initiative

In collaboration with the Catholic Apostolate Center, this initiative is designed to help young adults respond to the thirst for God in the world by using their gifts in service to their parish and the larger world. It is done by:

Formation for the New Evangelization – This initiative is committed to forming young adults theologically and ministerially for the work of the New Evangelization, preparing participants to engage with the challenges facing their local communities as well as the greater society. Through an interactive onsite experience (and optional online experience), participants will learn from experienced and nationally recognized Church leaders and engage with peers on how to live out faith as apostles, women and men chosen and sent on mission by Jesus Christ and his Church.  During this formation, young adults gain the tools necessary to assume a proactive role in the Church’s mission of Evangelization.


Formation for the New Evangelization

The work of the New Evangelization is grounded “in presenting once more the beauty and perennial newness of the encounter with Christ” (XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, #3). 

This formation program addresses the challenge of living out the Catholic faith as a young adult in the Church and in the world.  The content is broken into three sections that address key factors of the Catholic vocation: the mission of the contemporary Catholic, the mission of the Church, and the way of living as apostles of Christ.

Through this program you will:

  1. Learn the history and mission of the Church’s call to Evangelization.

  2. Gain the tools necessary to be a missionary disciple and serve the needs of your community.

  3. Join a community of young adult apostles who are on fire with their faith, and want to serve as Evangelizers in their local communities.


This formation program will be offered in an on-site format at the St. Dominic's Chancery (2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston TX 77021) with an option to attend online.  The interactive online meeting system, Webex, will allow for the speaker to be watched/heard from your home/office in those occasions you cannot make it due to sickness or if you are out of town, but the collaborative environment of the classroom cannot be replicated or experienced online as there will be 90 minutes of discussion and self-reflection.

The program consists of nine 120 minute sessions, on Monday evenings beginning Monday, September 10 through November 5.  The style of the class will reflect adult learning models that value the experience and insight of the students as active and collaborative learners. 


To the best of our ability we will pair you up with a Mentor or Spiritual Director which will speak to you three times during those 9 weeks. This is optional and not mandatory. These mentors will help to guide the participant during his/her discernment process on where they want to serve as Evangelizers in their local communities.

Meet the Instructors

September 10 Personal relationship With Jesus (Claire McMullin - University of Houston Campus Minister)

September 17 Baptismal Call and Mission (Waldemar Karaszewski- St Michael Catholic School Theology teacher)

September 24 Discernment & Apostolic Vocation (Very Rev. Ray Cook- Rice University Campus Ministry Director)

 October 1 Liturgy and Spirituality- Eucharist (Rev. Chris Valka- University of St. Thomas Director Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture )

October 8 Evangelization & Missionary Discipleship (Ennie Hickman- Adore Ministries Founder)

October 15 The Church In Service to the World- Social Justice (Matthew Jones- Catholic Charities Director Mission Integration Programs)

October 22 Collaboration in Ministry (Nicole Driscoll- University of St. Thomas- Campus Minister) 

October 29 Parish Ministry (Gabriela Karaszewski- Director Office of Young Adult & Campus Ministry Archdiocese Galveston-Houston)

November 5 Evangelization Discussion (Angie Hilburn - National formation Director for Regnum Christi Mission Corps)


Sessions begin September 10! We encourage you to apply soon as applicants will be accepted on a first come basis and a limited number of spots are available!


  1. Foundational experience in basic Catholic Theology through college courses or adult faith formation opportunities.
  2. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree (in any academic field of study) is highly recommended.

Applying to the initiative is straightforward. Apply online and follow the application process. If you have any questions, please contact and someone on staff will get back to you.

Application Process:

  1. We recommend that you talk to your pastor or parish leader about your interest in the program and the needs of your local community.
  2. Complete the online application form. Application deadline is September 1, 2018.
  3. Registration fee $35 per person and covers all the sessions. You may pay by credit card in the link below or you may send a check via mail with a paper registration to 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Houston TX 77021 Attn: YACM office. Registrations will not be confirmed without a payment.

Click here to register online!


If you prefer to pay by check please click here to download the registration form.