Cafe Connect Discussion Groups

Café Connect Discussion groups are a great way to make new Catholic young adult connections in Houston. The Connect Groups run in conjunction with the summer Café Catholica program.

We invite all young adults (ages 18-39) to sign up for a Café Connect Discussion Group. These groups will meet (online or in-person) once a week during the month of July in conjunction with the main Café Catholica program. We will have more than 20 groups available, so young adults can sign up for a time/location that works with their schedule. Registration slots are limited. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other Catholic young adults through Café Catholica. 

Click here to sign up for a Connect Group.

We ask that young adults only sign up for ONE group for the season to ensure that there are enough spaces for all who are interested to participate.


Cafe Connect Facilitators 2023 

Registration is limited. Please only sign up for ONE group to participate in this summer. This is to ensure that there are enough spaces for all who are interested to participate. 

Amy Ann: Tuesday at 7:00pm, St. Rose of Lima

Amy Ann Davila is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She’s been active in Youth, Campus, and Young Adults Ministry for over 14 years throughout Texas. As a convert, she loves sharing the beauty of a Eucharistic centered life and the importance of discussing physical, spiritual, and mental health. Amy Ann has a great devotion to Our Lady, St. Eugene de Mazenod, and the Saints of the Cristero War. She loves building community CrossFit, sci-fi, and traveling.

Kelli McBee and Khanh Nguyen: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Black Walnut Cafe (Memorial)

If you’re looking for great connections with interesting people while exploring your faith, sign up to join Khanh Nguyen and Kelli McBee’s Café Connect group! Khanh is a parishioner at St. Faustina and is the Young Catholic Professionals President. Kelli is a parishioner and lector at St. Michael the Archangel and started a volunteer service organization to share God’s love with neighbors. We both facilitate Charis retreats seeking to help young adults grow in faith and community, and we look forward to discussing Café topics with you over some tasty food at Black Walnut Café on Memorial on Wednesdays at 7pm!

Isabel Scott: Wednesday at 7:30 pm, at Brasil (Montrose) 

I’m so excited for July to come because it’s Cafe Catholica season! In my connect group I’m super excited to dive deeper into the faith and discuss bringing Catholic tenants into our daily lives. I’m an Aggie, teacher, and caffeine lover who enjoys all Houston has to offer, especially young adult activities both at the parish and archdiocese level! Come connect!

Marisa Creixell and Kasy Barrientos (Spanish): Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Cedar Creek

Hola! Somos Kasy y Marisa! Dos jóvenes que participamos en grupos y eventos de PASCON, la pastoral juvenil de jóvenes hispanos en la arquidiócesis! Kasy asiste a la parroquia de San José y está muy involucrada en su grupo de jóvenes. A ella le gusta ir a bailar country o encontrar un café para leer un libro. Marisa va a St. John Vianney o Santa Cecilia. A Marisa le encanta viajar y conocer gente nueva. ¡Esperamos que participen en nuestro grupo de Connect para conocer a más jóvenes y platicar sobre la fe! Nos juntaremos los miércoles a las 7:30PM en Cedar Creek.

Chris Wolfe and Matt Wright: Thursday at 6:00pm, Bellaire Coffee Fellows

Chris is a native of Arkansas who came here for work, Matt is a native Houstonian. Both play sports with the Saint Anne's Young Adults such as softball, and enjoy watching the Astros too

Daniel Ayala: Thursday at 6:30pm, Vintage Park Black Walnut Cafe

Daniel is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is a parishioner at Regina Caeli Parish. His favorite devotions are the Rosary, the Brown Scapular, and Our Lady of Sorrows. He enjoys traveling and the outdoors. Daniel's favorite food is breakfast tacos.

Orlando Herrera and Daniel Phillips: Thursday at 6:30pm, St. Faustina

Daniel and Orlando are seminarians for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Both have attended Café Catholica in the past and are excited to give back to the young adult community by facilitating a café connect group. Daniel likes sports, carpentry, and Formula 1. Orlando likes tennis, cooking, and eating the food he cooks. Daniel and Orlando are currently on their summer assignment at St. Faustina in Fulshear and are excited to be in formation for the priesthood.

Colleen Anater: Thursday at 7:00pm, Betsy's 

Hi there! My name is Colleen Anater and I'm coming back as a cafe connect facilitator for a second year in a row. I love helping others know the deep, personal love of Jesus and cannot wait to see what the Holy Spirit does at Cafe Catholica this year. I am an ER nurse at Baylor St.Luke's Medical Center and have a miniature poodle mix named Waldo. In my free time you can find me at the dog park, listening to Catechism in a Year, or checking out a new restaurant with friends. See you at Cafe!

Jasmin and Troy: Thursday at 7:00pm, Partea’s House (at Bellaire and Beltway 8)

Jasmin is a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul and frequents Holy Rosary as well. Jasmin works as a physical therapist in the hospital where she was born. Jasmin enjoys dojo-ing, crocheting, and hiking. Jasmin has special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Troy is a parishioner at Ascension Chinese Mission and works as a mechanical engineer in the HVAC industry. Troy enjoys running, reading, and trying to cook new recipes. Troy likes to read & listen to the Bible.

Crystal Ruiz and Daniel Villarreal: Thursday at 7:00pm, St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church

My name is Crystal Ruiz and I am the Young Adult Ministry leader at our parish St. Benedict the Abbot, along with my co-leader Daniel Villarreal. We met through a confirmation class when I was recruiting young adults for our Lifeteen High School Ministry. Since then, we became friends and core members for Lifeteen, which helped us grow in our faith, and now enjoy being the Ministry leaders for Young Adults in our parish! We both love serving in our community and volunteering in our parish and wherever we can. Some of our hobbies are having game nights with friends and family or going to the movies.

Shawn Varkey: Thursday at 7:00pm, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

Shawn is a seminarian for the Archdiocese🇨🇱. Shawn loves the pipe organ and his favorite food is Buffalo wings. He thinks barbecue wings are gross so don’t even get him started on those. Shawn has never been to Micronesia. His Cafe Connect group will probably be the best so you should join it.

Luke Heffernan and Kevin Nguyen: Thursday at 7:00pm, St. Patrick Catholic Church

Hi, I'm Luke! I am from Katy, went to UT, and graduated in 2018. I've done several things after college, most recently a year of volunteer work in Central America. Looking forward to discussing Cafe talks and meeting other YA. 

Hi, I’m Kevin! I didn’t grow up here in the U.S, but Texas is my home now. I’m currently attending UH, working in IT support and volunteering at my parish Prince of Peace. Despite my profession, I’ve always been an outdoor guy and love country things. I have my story about the goodness of God in my life and looking to hear others’ story about Him at Cafe Catholica. God bless!

Kenneth Anicete: Friday at 5:00pm, St. Ignatius of Loyola-Spring

My name is Kenneth Anicete, and I am a LPC-Associate (supervised by Dr. Fauria, EdD) working at Gratia Plena. I graduated from Divine Mercy University in December 2022 with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and before that, I graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College with a degree in Philosophy and Theological Studies. Besides helping people, I love the outdoors, casually playing volleyball, and reading. I love God, His people, and any opportunity to learn more about him and my neighbors. 

John and Timothy: Friday at 7:00pm, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

My name is Timothy Spjut and I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I am a cradle Catholic from a family of one brother and five sisters. There were plenty of things that I prioritized over my faith, such as sports and school, and for this reason I was never happy or at peace. This changed, though, after high school when I began to question my purpose in life. Ultimately my purpose was found in God, and after realizing this I have never looked back. As I have fallen deeper in love with prayer, with the saints, and with the Mass, God has planted a desire in my heart for the priesthood and following this desire has already borne much fruit in my life.

My name is John Paul Phillips. I was born and raised Catholic, and I have five siblings, two brothers and three sisters. My family has always been close with the priests that were at our home parish. Because of their example, priesthood was always in the back of my mind at a young age. In 2019, while attending a newly ordained priest’s first Mass, I felt this strong attraction to priesthood. I decided to discern this call more seriously. Through prayer and attending a silent retreat on Ignatian discernment, it was very clear to me that God was calling me to take the next step and enter seminary.

Dimarg Fontenelle: Friday at 7:00pm, All Saints Catholic Church

Dimarg was born in Castries, St. Lucia. At 12 years old, he moved to Baytown, Texas with his mother and sister. After attending high school and junior college, he worked in management for retailers and later Lee College. In 2018, during a Holy Hour at St. John The Evangelist’s chapel, Dimarg perceived God’s invitation to the Priesthood. This encounter was during his first Exodus 90 spiritual exercise. Through prayerfully discerning the call, serving in parish ministry, and participating in three more E-90 exercises, he is now a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Jithesh Augustine and Angela Simpson: Saturday at 3:00pm, Under the Volcano

Angela and Jithesh have a passion for evangelization and bringing God's Kingdom here on earth. They met at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and enjoy meeting new people and getting to know their stories. We're excited to host the small group discussions from the Cafe Catholica series in July and look forward to the insightful discussions.


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