African Catholic Young Adults of Philadelphia (ACYAP)

Coordinators-Sr. Florence Enechukwu and Rebecca Tham-, 267.982.7645
Location-African Catholic Apostolate Office- 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Meetings- first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. EST

The ACYAP is a group of young African Catholic adults over the age 19. We bond over our connection to Africa and our common faith. Benefits of being a part of ACYAP include: a way of feeling more connected to the Catholic Church, having a safe space to ask questions, more opportunities to pray outside of Sunday mass, community service opportunities, and networking. We have Representation from several communities such as Liberia, the Francophone community, Ghana and Nigeria. But you don’t have to be a part of an established Catholic African community to join us – all are welcome!

Catholic Center for Young Adults- South Philadelphia

Coordinator: Fr. Shaun Mahoney and Nick Tonnesen: cell: 610-906-6902 
Location: 244 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia PA 19147 
Instagram: @ccyaphilly
Facebook: Catholic Center for Young Adults CCYA

Weekly events include: 
Tuesday Night Holy Hour    8:00 p.m. (240 Fitzwater) 
Wednesday Night Mass      6:30 p.m. (240 Fitzwater) 
Saturday Morning Mass      9:00 a.m. (240 Fitzwater) 
And ongoing short run initiatives by our community members such as: Monthly Art Night, Bible studies, Outreach to the Homeless, Open Mics, Forty Days for Life

Jack’s YACs

Coordinator: Fr. Akolla Etuge OFM Cap
Contact email:  
Location: St. John the Evangelist Parish
21 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Link to our FB group:

We are a Catholic Young Adult Group of men and women in our 20s and 30s located at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Center City Philadelphia. We strive to walk together in prayer, service and fellowship in a Franciscan tradition alongside the Capuchin Friars. We can’t wait to meet you!

Jesus Youth Philly’s Campus group

Coordinators: Ann Abraham: 267-436-2486; Rebecca Sebastian: 732-484-1633; Jude Mathew: 484-522-0881
Location: Any Philly area University student is invited to join us. We are currently have students join us from Drexel University, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Instagram @jesusyouthphilly

We meet biweekly. Our campus group focuses on prayer and fellowship founded in cultivating a culture of joy of the Gospel in a campus setting. Jesus Youth is an international movement inspiring and forming young people to be missionary disciples at the service of the Catholic Church. The movement was rooted in Kerala, India and has planted its seeds across the world. 

JMC: Jóvenes Misioneros de Cristo

Coordinador: Natalia Matías Almánzar: 718-675-0704,
Location: St. Veronica Parish 
533 W. Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Description: Somos un grupo de jóvenes adultos tratando de seguir a Dios y su llamado a través de la amistad, vida sacramental y la propagación del evangelio. Logramos esto a través de compartir nuestras propias experiencias en cuanto a nuestra relación con Dios y el mundo en el que vivimos. We are a group of young adults trying to pursue God and his calling through friendship, sacramental life and the spread of the Gospel. We achieve this by sharing our own experiences regarding our relationship with God and the word we live in. 

Manayunk Young Adults at St John the Baptist

Coordinator: Jillian Buhl-
Location: St John the Baptist- 119 Rector St (Manayunk) Philadelphia 19127
Meetings:1st & 3rd Thurs Adoration and Gospel reflection- 6:30-7:30 pm followed by bonfire weather permitting

Other activities include Young Adult women’s gospel reflection, Walking with Purpose small group study, Be Still Friday night Adoration and confession with outreach to the neighborhood to come in for prayer and light a candle

Old St. Joseph’s Young Adult Community

Coordinators Danielle Critelli- and Mark Dushel-
Location: Old St. Joseph’s Church, 321 Willings Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Old St. Joseph’s Young Adult Community (OSJ YAC) aims to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for young adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s, single and married, interested in exploring the values of spirituality, social justice, and community as part of their lives through spiritual and social gatherings. As the Jesuit Parish in Old City Philadelphia, our Young Adult Community is inspired by the Spirituality of St. Ignatius and the Society of Jesus as we strive to support one another in our pursuit of becoming Women and Men for and with Others to live For the Greater Glory of God.

Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees (PCMR) Young Adult Group     

Coordinator-Sr. Gertrude Borres-267-303-3302,

This young adult ministry is for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation immigrants with roots in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Brazil.

Sts. AJ’s Young Professional Group

Coordinator: Fr. Carlos Keen, SCV,                                                       

Location: St. Agatha-St. James Parish & Newman Center, 111 S. 38th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sts. AJ’s Young Adult Group

Coordinator: Fr. Remigio Morales, SCV,

Location: St. Agatha-St. James Parish & Newman Center, 111 S. 38th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Description: Open to all young adults & grad students, our group meets every Wednesday at 6pm in the Parish Rectory (currently on Zoom). Meetings vary between community building, prayer, intellectual formation, and big speaker nights. And we look to build friendship outside of meetings by getting together for different social activities. The YA ministry is formed by people between 23 and 35 years of age (grad students or not, working or not) who understand Christian community as essential for a more plentiful life in the Holy Spirit. Our weekly meetings are on Wednesdays at 6:30pm (now by Zoom) and follow the following schedule: Theological (1st Wednesday), Prayer session (2nd Wednesday), Heart to heart sharing (3rd Wednesday), Games (4th Wednesday), Big Speaker Night (Last Wed of the month).

Sts. AJ’s Nazareth Group for Young Married Couples

Coordinator: Fr. Carlos Keen, SCV,

Location: St. Agatha-St. James Parish & Newman Center, 111 S. 38th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

St. John the Evangelist

Coordinator: Erik Massenzio (

Description: Men’s Group- We meet through Zoom on Tuesday nights at 6:30. Back in the before-times, a friar would pop into our in-person meetings every now and then, but for the most part, we’ve always run things on our own. 

St. Martin de Porres Young Adult Group

Coordinator: Fr. Addis Mekonnen

Location: North Philadelphia serving primarily Catholics who are African American.

This group is just starting and taking form so reach out to Fr. Mekonnen if you want to learn more

St. Patrick’s Young Adults

Communications contact: Ashley Batugo (

Website (to sign up for weekly emails): 

Description: The St. Patrick’s Young Adults group is open to all young adults in their 20s and 30s! After our weekly Holy Hour with Confessions, we meet for an hour discussion and fellowship on a new faith topic each month, with a monthly social night and bi-monthly works of mercy. 

St Rita Shrine Young Adult Ministry

Coordinator: Jonathan Jerome-

Location: South Philadelphia

St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

Coordinators: Trinique Waters, Dorina Pena Opferman, Jeanna Murat-

Location: St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

St. Vincent’s YAM is a vibrant and diverse group that emulates the greater parish’s message that All Are Welcome! We don’t put specific age requirements on membership, though we are mostly 20-30 somethings who have a great desire to be in fellowship, praise God and support each other through the transition years that many young adults experience. We meet on the 2nd Sundays of the month in the Hospitality Room.

Young Adults in Mary’s Arms at the Miraculous Medal Shrine

Coordinator: Carolina Soares Nemo-, (215) 532-1833

Location:  475 E. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Group Description: The Miraculous Medal Shrine provides many opportunities for young adults and young adult families to come together and live out their faith. Throughout the year, the Shrine hosts events and programs designed to engage young Catholics in faith, fellowship and service.