GO AND PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL WITH
The Office of Young Adult Ministry
Diocese of Dodge City
Since the inception of the Young Adult Office in 2015, many changes have taken place, but our mission has remained the same: "To do young adult ministry and to do young adult ministry."
In the first sense, we aim to provide ministry that supports, encourages,
and brings Christ to young adults.
But more than that, we hope to get young adults involved in the various ministries of their parish to support, encourage, and bring Christ to others.
THREE KEY RESPONBILITIES
We have five community colleges in the diocese and countless students who attend them. While currently only existing at Barton County and Dodge City Community College, the Young Adult Office works to build and sustain campus ministry at all five locations.
Nationally 80% of Catholics leave the Church in their young adult years. A major factor is lonliness and a feeling of not fitting into the standard parish model. That's why we work with young adults to facilitate community in their own locations throughout the diocese.
Prayer and Action was brought to the diocese in 2015 thanks to some hope-filled and hardworking college students. The program operates in the summer and brings people together to serve those in need and grow in prayer. We have now served multiple communities throughout the diocese and show no signs of slowing down!
Bishop John B. Brungardt issued the following statement in announcing the initiation of young adult ministry in the diocese: “As I went from parish to parish for my various “visit with the Bishop” opportunities, I heard over and over again that we needed to do more as a Catholic Church in Southwest Kansas to support and encourage our youth and young adults. I am grateful that Gentry is willing and qualified to help me respond.” - From the September 2015 issue of
the Southwest Kansas Catholic