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Mapping Our Ministry for Promotion and Outreach



In-reach: Who are the young adults in my parish?

Out-reach: Who are the young adults in the community surrounding my parish?


(i.e., recent graduates, singles in late 20s-early 30s, newly married with children) (i.e., young adults attending local college)
Other significant factor defining sub-group: (i.e., recent graduates — looking for fellowship activities to make friends, build relationships) (i.e., looking for welcoming parish while away from home)
Other significant factor defining sub-group: (i.e., singles in late 20s-early 30s — interest in service projects)
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About the Author

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica most recently served as the pastoral minister for young adult ministry at the Paulist Center in downtown Boston. Previously, she was an intern for the young adult ministry at the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles where she developed extensive training materials and workshops for young adult ministers. In 2010, Jessica participated in L.A.’s annual Religious Education Congress as a panelist speaker on the young adult Catholic experience. Her popular writing on Catholicism and young adult life has been featured online and in print, including the collection, From the Pews in the Back: Young Women and Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2009) and NCCL’s Catechetical Leader magazine. Jessica holds degrees from Santa Clara University and Harvard Divinity School and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology at Boston College.

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