Youth and Young Adult Ministry

James Holzhauer-Chuckas ObSB, CDP, BLAS
Senior Director UCYM
(847) 719-9071 ext 1;
Andrea Martinez, BA, ECE, IDC
Interim Director UCYM
(847) 719-9071 ext 2;
Vanessa Barajas
Coordinator of Young Adult Engagement
Carmelita Armenta, Administrative Assistant
(847) 719-9071 ext 0;
United Catholic Youth Ministries (UCYM) is a regional parish-based ministry in Evanston that serves youth, young adults, and families in the parishes of St. Athanasius, St. Joan of Arc, St. Mary, St. Nicholas, and St. Athanasius and Pope John XXIII schools. The UCYM Center and Office are located on the St. Nicholas Parish campus.
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Youth Ministry
The success of a parish youth ministry is no longer simply having a youth group, no matter how large it is. Youth ministry is defined by its presence in a parish through more than just young people gathering on their own. A strong parish has a strong presence from youth across all areas of parish life, where youth are active members from set up to leadership. Youth Ministry at Saint Mary Parish collaborates with the three other Evanston parishes through United Catholic Youth Ministries.
Through the four pillars of Youth Ministry — Faith Formation, Prayer & Worship, Service & Mission, Youth Community Development — UCYM offers many events, programs and services for youth in 6th – 12th grades.

Young Adult Ministry
United Catholic Youth Ministries offers events, services and programs for young adults, 18-39 years old. Young Adult Ministry offers weekly Lectio Divina, holds monthly movie nights and other events, and an annual Theology on Tap. Young Adult Ministry at Saint Mary Parish collaborates with the other three Evanston parishes through United Catholic Youth Ministries.
Lectio Divina: A Way of Praying with Scripture
Monday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Chris Radmacher, Coordinator of Young Adult Life