Catholic Ministry Groups Collaborate to bring RENEW Theology on Tap to Young Adults attending World Youth Day 2011

Top Quote National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, and RENEW International help expand the Church's outreach and mission by bringing Theology on Tap to Madrid for World Youth Day 2011. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) August 18, 2011 - English-speaking young adults will have their own Theology on Tap event at World Youth Day on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

    This Theology on Tap event gives young adult pilgrims from the United States the opportunity to meet and network with other faithful peers. By gathering together in Madrid during World Youth Day, young adults will see that they are not alone in their journey and others are walking a similar path.

    This event arose from the collaboration of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, and RENEW International. It promotes Pope Benedict's vision of a "new evangelization" by helping expand the Church's outreach and mission to young adults. These young adults are the face of Christ to their generation, and the Catholic Church in the United States needs the spirit of the pilgrims in Madrid to spread the Gospel upon their return.

    RENEW Theology on Tap has become well-known as an innovative Catholic ministry for reaching out to young adults, inviting them to comfortable, relaxed settings to discover how faith can give sense to their everyday lives. Each Theology on Tap gathering features a speaker addressing a topic of faith relevant to young adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s, as well as time for conversation. This global expansion to World Youth Day is the first of its kind in Theology on Tap's history.

    The guest speaker in Madrid will be Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, Washington. When appointed to Seattle in 2010, he became the youngest Archbishop in America. Archbishop Sartain has previously served as the Bishop of Joliet and the Bishop of Little Rock. Later in the evening, Christian music artists John Angotti and Curtis Stephan will lend their musical talents by performing live. The event will take place in the V.I.P. Lounge on the first floor of the Love & Life Pilgrim Center at Palacido de Deportes Stadium, located at Avenida de Felipe II s/n 28009 Madrid, beginning at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

    Paul Jarzembowski, Executive Director of NCYAMA, states, "By hearing from Archbishop Sartain, we hope to inspire these young adults to take the excitement and learnings from World Youth Day back to their parishes, dioceses, and communities so that the Church in the United States may benefit from their experience. We also want to encourage them to be evangelizers of their peers who may have drifted away from the practice of the faith."

    Sr. Pat Thomas, OP, Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry at RENEW International, remarked, "With World Youth Day bringing together so many young people, we are pleased to work with NCYAMA and the USCCB to find new ways to meet young adult Catholics where they are, and to help them connect faith to their everyday lives."

    For more information about the friendly, faith-filled event, please visit:

    About RENEW Theology on Tap
    Theology on Tap is an outreach to and collaboration with young Catholic adults in pursuit of spiritual growth. Theology on Tap reaches young adults-women and men, single and married, 20s and 30s-where they are, inviting them to discover how faith can inform and give sense to their everyday lives, and how to deepen their involvement in the Catholic community and all that it does. Local Theology on Tap teams around the country and internationally offer friendly gatherings centered on topics of faith in relaxed settings like restaurants, bars, and other casual venues. Catholic parishes, dioceses, and young adults interested in starting up RENEW Theology on Tap in their area can learn more at

    About RENEW International
    RENEW International, a canonically-recognized Catholic organization, fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. RENEW International is well known for its innovative pastoral approaches for faith formation and spiritual renewal. Since 2003, RENEW International has been responsible for expanding RENEW Theology on Tap throughout the United States and beyond. RENEW International, based in Plainfield, New Jersey, can be found on the web at

    About NCYAMA
    National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) connects women and men in their late teens, twenties, and thirties, married and single, with God, with the Church, with the mission of the Church in the world, and with a peer community of faith. NCYAMA does this by developing and delivering resources for, providing ministry training of, and networking those who minister to and work with young adults in parishes, dioceses, and Catholic organizations across the country.

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