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Young Adult Leadership Summit: A Church that Goes Out

February 12th, 9 AM – 4 PM at the Archdiocese of Seattle (Isaac Orr Conference Rm), 910 Marion St, Seattle, 98104.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ call for the Church to go out, we are calling all young adult leaders and those ministering with young adults to the Young Adult Ministry Leadership Summit. Don’t miss this opportunity to pray together, network, learn and listen to each other.

For: young adult leaders (18-39), including peer and campus ministers, priests, deacons, religious, and any staff/volunteers ministering with young adults (40+).

The day will include a keynote speaker on Synodality, workshops, and a listening session as part of the synodal process.

Through this leadership summit, we seek to empower young adult leaders and those ministering with young adults with practical tools for ministry as we journey together.

RSVP by February 9th at https://tinyurl.com/yals22


8 am: Mass at St. James Cathedral (optional)
8:30 am: Doors Open at Isaac Orr Conference Room
9:00 am: Welcome, opening prayer and introductions
9:25 am: The Pulse of Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle
9:45 am: Keynote Address: “A Church that Listens” with Brenda Noriega
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Workshop #1
11:45 am: Lunch (on your own)
12:35 pm: Gather
12:45 pm: Workshop #2
1:45 pm: Break
1:55 pm: Prayer and Adoration
2:30 pm: Listening session
3:50 pm Closing prayer
Post-event: Happy Hour (optional)

KEYNOTE: “A Church that Listens” – by Brenda Noriega

How can we as leaders in our communities strive to lead the way in being a listening Church? What do we mean by synodality and what are its key elements? How is synodality connected to listening, discerning, and action? Brenda Noriega will unpack the practice of synodality for us and share the common temptations to avoid as we seek to be a Church that listens, and a Church that goes out.

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She has been serving God’s people and influencing her community from an early age at the parish, diocesan, regional and national level. Brenda earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from the University of Santa Clara. Brenda collaborates in multiple national and international committees representing young people, including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life. She is passionate about holistic and transformational ministry including life, dignity, justice, and mission. Brenda is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Theology and Education at the School of Theology and Ministry in Boston College.


  • Developing an Effective Young Adult Ministry – Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP and Tricia Bølle
  • Advocacy 101: Faith Based Community Organizing– Anna Johnson, Anna Robertson & Annie Fox
  • Listening in the margins: Activating Young adults in Pastoral Care & Outreach Ministry – Joe Cotton


Listening in the Margins: Activating young adults in pastoral care and outreach ministries

Discover how you can encounter God’s beloved in jails, prisons, hospitals, ports and other places on the periphery of our community.  Experience kinship and mutuality.  Learn about the synod’s methods for including the voices of the marginalized – and how you can help!

Joe Cotton is currently the Director of Pastoral Care and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Seattle.  He oversees chaplaincy programs in jails, prisons, hospitals, and ports throughout Western Washington.  Joe has been a professional lay ecclesial minister for over 22 years, serving as a parish youth minister, social worker, international missioner, and correctional chaplain.  Joe holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University.


Advocacy 101: Faith Based Community Organizing

Anna Johnson – Maryknoll

Anna Johnson lives and works in Seattle, Washington as Team Leader for Maryknoll’s Young Adult Empowerment team, and she loves exploring the wisdom young adults have to bring to the teachings of and ways of living faith. Anna holds a degree in Peace Studies and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and graduated with a deep love for the non-violent teachings and lived social justice witness of Jesus. After college, she lived as an Overseas Lay Missioner with the Holy Cross in Bugembe, Uganda learning from and teaching Internally Displaced Communities. She grew up with a wild love of the outdoors, and on any given weekend you can find her camping, kayaking, hiking with friends or her partner, Corbin, and their dog, Tilly.

Annie Fox – Jesuits West

Annie Fox is the Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing for Jesuits West. Prior to this role, Fox served as the Lead Organizer and Chief of Staff at LA Voice, the Lead Organizer at Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) and Lead Education Organizer for PICO California — all of which are affiliates of Faith in Action, the largest faith-based organizing network in the country. Fox has run grassroots campaigns focused on housing, homelessness, education, immigration and mass incarceration. During her tenure with Faith in Action, she helped develop and steer the Dismantling White Supremacy project, a learning and action space for white staff and volunteers committed to becoming true co-conspirators in the work of racial justice. She also staffed the Diocesan Immigration Support Network for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.  With over 13 years of grassroots organizing experience, she has trained hundreds of faith leaders from many racial, religious and economic backgrounds. She has organized with UNITE HERE, the Industrial Area Foundations, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action and Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House. The daughter of a Baptist mother and a Jewish father, Fox had dedicated her life to interfaith relationship building and justice work.

Anna Robertson – Catholic Climate Covenant

Anna Robertson was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and, since graduating from high school, she has called many places home, including Cincinnati, Central America, West Virginia, Boston, and Seattle. She has a Master’s of Theological Studies from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Xavier University in Ohio.

Prior to working at the Catholic Climate Covenant,  Anna worked as Campus Minister for Retreats at Seattle University, supported families of women experiencing incarceration, conducted research on collective memory in El Salvador, and accompanied students on international immersions at the intersection of faith and justice in Latin America. She is passionate about supporting the emergence of the widespread ecological conversion of hearts called for by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, getting outside, and writing.

Developing an Effective Young Adult Ministry

Morning session: Discerning Our Calling in Christ as Laity

Afternoon session: Working with Young Adult Communities, a.k.a. Losing your Mind in 25 slides or less

Tricia Bølle – St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society

Tricia Bølle is the founder and program director of the Saint Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society – a lay missionary apostolate dedicated to forming, sending and supporting Catholic laity to share the life and love of Christ in Asia through a diverse ministry of evangelization, faith formation, and social justice. Tricia has had the blessing to serve as a lay missionary for nearly 15 years in many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, India and Japan. In Asia she has developed and led Chinese language Bible studies, young adult fellowships, Ignatian prayer groups, faith and life classes, pastoral counseling, workshops for seminarians, priests and sisters, among several other ministry programs that the Holy Spirit has made possible. Tricia was raised ecumenically, both Catholic and Protestant, and continues to work across Christian communities, though primarily focused on raising awareness on the vocation of the laity and of the call to mission and evangelization among Catholic young adults. Her goal is to help all people encounter the love, hope and healing of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP – St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society

Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP is a Dominican Priest and the spiritual director of the Saint Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society. He has had the fortune of being involved in many young adult and campus ministry programs, including Saint Dominic’s Young Adults Group in San Francisco, Stanford, Arizona State and UC Riverside. He has served on short-term immersion and missions in Hong Kong, India, and Central America.  Fr. Isaiah’s focus is on helping young adults engage in their faith in a meaningful way, and also to discover Christ in popular culture. He is currently the religious superior of the Dominicans in Los Angeles.

In this in-person event, masks or face coverings will be required while indoors. For more information, contact Annie Bailey at ana.bailey@seattlearch.org


Feb 12 2022


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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