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Expanding the Tent: Young Adult Leadership and Co-Responsibility in the Catholic Church

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For leaders of the Church, young adults are top of mind in nearly every sector — it is a matter of deep concern for bishops and pastors, as well religious brothers and sisters, and leaders of Catholic organizations. Of all the issues facing the Church, young adult leadership is one of the few that is galvanizing, that unites Catholics across divides. As we consider the future of the Church, there is concern for the pipeline of leadership, for formation of emerging lay leaders to serve in critical roles. There is concern for recruitment and retention, specifically of young adults to leadership positions, and for developing a culture that has a diversity of thought, representation, and action. Young adults are not an addendum to the leadership of the Church — they must be afforded a central role. 

Cardinals and Archbishops


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archdiocese of Chicago


Cardinal Wilton Gregory
Archdiocese of Washington

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Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Archdiocese of Boston


Cardinal Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nunciature


Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR
Archdiocese of Newark

Catholic Higher Education

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA
President, Villanova University


Rev. Michael Garanzini, SJ
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)


Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)


Rev. John Jenkins, CSC
President, University of Notre Dame

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Rev. Juan Molina
Mexican American Catholic College

National Catholic Organizations

Sister Mary Bendyna, O.P.-2021

Sister Mary Bendyna, OP
Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)


Sean Callahan
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Rev. Frank Donio, SAC
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)


Regina Haney
Executive Director, National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NAPCA)

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Paul Jarzembowski
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


Alexia Kelley
Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA)

Christina Lamas

Christina Lamas
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)


Edgar Morales
Catholic Association for Latino Leadership (CALL)

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Nicole Perone
National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults (NIMYA)

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Kerry Robinson
Catholic Charities USA

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Elisabeth Román
National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM)


Rosie C. Shawver
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)

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Lincoln Snyder
National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Nick Stein

Nicholas Stein
National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults (NIMYA)


Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)



Sr. Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ
Synod of Bishops, Vatican

Fr. David McCallum, SJ

Fr. David McCallum, SJ
Discerning Leadership Program

Young Adult Advisory Committee

Vicente Del Real
Founder, Iskali

Niru De Silva
Director of Retreats, FOCUS

Anna Gordon
Program Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University

Diana Marin
Young Adult Mobilization Program Manager, Catholic Climate Covenant

Colin Martinez Longmore
Communications and Social Media Coordinator, NETWORK

Ashley Morris
Director of Black Catholic Affairs, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Nicole Perone
National Coordinator, ESTEEM

Kelli Reagan Hickey
Director of Formation, Francesco Collaborative

Rob Roa
Director of Recruitment, Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Nicholas Stein
International Director, Bon Secours Young Adults

Featured Topics

Session 1 — Keynote

Young Adults in a Synodal Church

Connecting the Synod on Young People in 2018 to the 2021-2024 Synod on Synodality currently underway, as an unprecedented moment in the Church to accompany, mentor, and form young adults for leadership, while creating a synodal Church where everyone can belong.

Session 2

Today’s Catholic Young Adults: Engaged. Diverse. Questioning. Caring. Passionate.

A look at where young adults are in relation to the Church and its leadership, how they live their spiritual lives, and the importance of speaking openly about mental health.

Session 3

The Church We Want to Be: An Authentic Place for All to Belong

Taking a deeper dive into belonging, trust, and how the Church can ensure the leadership tables of its parishes, communities, and ministries are spaces where all young adults truly belong.

Session 4

An Expanded Tent: Church Beyond the Parish Walls

Exploring the Church of today and lived faith of young adults, including the role of digital media and technology in forming and sustaining faith communities, and how parishes can adapt to meet young adults where they are.

Featured Speakers

Schedule of Events


3:00 PM Registration
5:00 PM Welcome Reception
7:00 PM Live Podcast Recording


7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:30 AM Mass
9:30 AM Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Roundtable
10:45 AM Session 1: Keynote
2:00 PM Session 2
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM Monan Medal Ceremony and Dinner


7:30 AM Special Catholic Schools Breakfast
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM Opening Prayer and Introduction
9:15 AM Session 3
1:15 PM Session 4
4:15 PM Summit Concludes

Hotel and Travel Information


Summit attendee block rooms are available at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia located at 1700 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202.

Parking is available on-site for an additional fee.

The deadline to book a room at this special rate is February 12, 2024.

Pastoral leaders and young adults, please select "government" rate. All other attendees, please select "attendee" rate.

For hotel questions, contact Susan Hernandez at 908-451-0725 or susanbeevents@gmail.com

Our 2024 Sponsors

Our mission at Leadership Roundtable is to promote best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. Our generous sponsors enable us to fulfill our mission and serve as ministry of hope to the Catholic Church.

Thank you to those individuals and organizations that make our Catholic Partnership Summit possible!


B J Cassin Family

Dee and Kevin Conway

Kevin Fee

Healey Family Foundation

The Lynch Foundation

Partnership Schools

Catholic Leader Sponsors

Gabriela Smith and the Crimsonbridge Foundation

The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities

partner sponsors

Changing Our World

Kevin K. Carton

Mario J. Gabelli

ParishSOFT By Ministry Brands

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology

Brian and Patricia Shea

Individual Sponsors

Archdiocese of Louisville

Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

Rev. John P. Beal, JCD

The Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Villanova University

J. Donald Monan, SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Medal

The J. Donald Monan, SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Medal seeks to thank and inspire philanthropists of the Catholic Faith who emulate and personify the vision, character, creativity, and commitment to excellence of the late Rev. J. Donald Monan of the Society of Jesus.

The Monan Medal is conferred to Catholic philanthropists who have invested generously and faithfully in the Catholic Church’s work to lead through exemplary temporal affairs, and whose giving reflects Fr. Monan’s deeply held belief in collaborative excellence and partnership.

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