Young Adult Ministry, Discipleship and Formation

"It is for you to radiate the Gospel. When they see you, let them discover Jesus Christ!"

--"Radiating Christ" by Raoul Plus, S.J.



Phil Lawson

E-mail: plawson@ gbdioc.org

Phone: (920) 272-8304

For Young Adults: Welcome again! And thank you for taking the time to visit this site! The Lord Jesus is seeking you and calling you to great things! As Pope Francis put it, "We must always have the courage and the joy of proposing, with respect, an encounter with Christ, and being heralds of his Gospel." (Pope Francis' address for World Mission Day 2013). And when we do that, we, like the saints, transform the world!

I invite you to plug into your parish and the diocese, including in some of the ways/events listed on this page. Need help with that? Feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

"We know that your talents, and those of other young adults, can enrich the Church and can be a sign of God's presence in society. We invite you to share them with us and to become part of a welcoming community for other young adults as well. Not too long ago our Holy Father spoke of your importance to the life of the Church: 'The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people's hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love.'" (From the preface of "Sons and Daughters of the Light," U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

For Parishes: I would be happy to come to your parish. I am available for presentations to Parish Councils, Committees or Parish Groups. I'd love to meet with your young adults and other parishioners, including religious education parents as well! I'm also very willing to lead longer workshops, retreats or days of reflection on the above or other topics, with a particular focus on teaching the Scriptures through the lens of evangelization. At the diocesan level, we will continue to offer large-scale young adult events, but it is the parish that is the family of faith where we strengthen each other for the journey toward our heavenly home. With that in mind, CLICK HERE for a menu of presentations I can lead at your parish. I also have a template of options for parishes seeking to more intentionally reach out to their young adults that I am happy to come and present.

Encounter | An opportunity to encounter Christ through prayer, praise & fellowship

Encounter-image-monstranceWhat: Young adults gather for praise and worship featuring Lisa Preissner & Worship Band, followed by fellowship with friends | Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament | Reconciliation | Reflection led by a priest
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Child care available
Where: Old St. Church, St. Norbert College Parish, 100 Grant St., De Pere WI 54115 | CLICK HERE for interactive map
Including: Refreshments and fellowship afterwards | Childcare available
Encounter Website: CLICK HERE
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Young Adult Evening with Bishop Ricken | June 28, 2014

bishop-david-ricken 2013What: Evening of faith and prayer for young adults with Bishop David Ricken
When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Agnes Parish, 1484 9th Street, Green Bay, WI 54304 | CLICK HERE for interactive map
Featuring: Opening Prayer & Young Adult Cookout, 6:00 p.m. | Bishop Ricken's Presentation, 7:00 p.m. | Wrap-up/Door Prizes/Bishop's Blessing, 8:00 p.m.
Information: Phil Lawson, Young Adult Ministry Coordinator | (920) 272-8304 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Young Adult Discipleship and Formation Resources

Menu of Presentations | List of presentations by Phil Lawson, Young Adult Ministry Discipleship and Formation Coordinator, for parish councils, committees, or parish groups | CLICK HERE pdf_button

Young Adult Ministry Links and Resources | Videos, podcasts, blogs, e-newsletters, and recommended books from Busted Halo | CLICK HERE pdf_button

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