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Adult Evangelization

Adult Evangelization

There are many forms and audiences for evangelization in a parish. But, the primary concern of parish catechetical leaders is adult evangelization and catechesis. As the Church teaches us:

“[T]he catechesis of adults … is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.” (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae, no. 43)

“In order that the parish may succeed in activating effectively the mission of evangelization … Adult catechesis must be given priority.” (General Directory for Catechesis, no. 258)

“[A]dult catechesis … is the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age.” (General Directory for Catechesis, no. 275)

 

Our team is here to help renew your outreach to adults. They are your first mission field, and if we serve them well, then they can be sent to the other mission fields (youth, young adults, men, women, families, the elderly, etc.) to proclaim the Gospel, radiate Christ, and renew your parish.

Ways We Can Help

There are many possibilities for prioritizing adult evangelization in your parish. We can help you:

  • Renew your RCIA process
  • Create evangelizing small groups
  • Implement a family-based Religious Education and Sacramental Prep program
  • Organize a series of dynamic talks on faith and spirituality
  • Get 1-on-1 with the disciples in your parish
  • Launch a dynamic young adult ministry

Click the buttons above for more information about Young Adult Ministry, Campus Ministry, RCIA, and School of Faith – our four key focus areas for adult evangelization.

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CONTACT US

Christen Aquino
Director, Parish Evangelization
Christen Aquino
Contact me for:
  • Questions regarding best approaches in the Process of Evangelization for Youth
  • Onsite training and formation for your evangelization team (youth, family, adults)
  • Questions regarding Evangelist or Youth Events
  • Totus Tuus, or contact Mark Travis (email coming soon!)
Bio: My role at the Center mainly focuses on those who evangelize to the youth. I offer opportunities for youth evangelists to share life and prayer on a regional and Archdiocesan level, while encouraging that sharing of life and prayer at the parish level with their teams and volunteers. I also organize ongoing formation in catechesis and best practices for the mission of leading youth into relationship with Jesus Christ and offer opportunities for the youth to share life and prayer. My favorite part of my job is going onsite for a parish training with a team and watching them work together, pray together, and get excited to serve the youth together.  The creativity and excitement that’s generated from their time together is amazing! A Little About Me: I was born in Connecticut, raised in Georgia and currently reside in Dayton, with my two cats and dog, all of which God brought to me through humorous events so perhaps one day I will join St. Francis as a Patron Saint of animals. Favorite Saint: I probably pray most often to St. Therese of Lisieux (stalking me since 2014) and my confirmation saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. First quote I ever memorized: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, to give you a future full of hope.”  Jeremiah 29: 11
Email : caquino@catholicaoc.org
Nicholas Hardesty
Adult Evangelization, RCIA
Nicholas Hardesty
Contact me for:
  • Guidance for evangelization efforts
  • Formation of parish staff and volunteer leaders
  • Renewal of your Adult Ed initiatives
Bio: As a member of the Parish Support Team, my job is to accompany parish leaders and offer them formation and support so that they can grow in their identity as missionary disciples and be catalysts for renewal in their parishes. I also develop content for our blog and for the Catholic Telegraph, and give talks at retreats, conferences, workshops, and in-service days throughout the Archdiocese. What I love about my work is that I am encouraged to use the gifts God gave me, I get to have a real impact in people’s lives, and I get to work alongside people who value and support me. A Little About Me: I’m from Owensboro, Kentucky (Go Cats!). I have a twin brother who is a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY. I met my wife, who’s from Maine, on a website for fans of Catholic Hip Hop. I like my food as spicy as you can possibly make it. Favorite Saint: St. Michael the Archangel Favorite Bible Verse: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.” (1 Pet 2:9-10)
Email : nhardesty@catholicaoc.org
Fr. Ethan Moore
Director, College Campus Ministry
Fr. Ethan Moore
Contact me for:
  • If you are at any university/college in the archdiocese and are looking to discover Jesus or hungry to grow deeper in their faith
  • Support to connect people, offer opportunities, and help navigate any challenges that might arise in college
  • Help graduating Seniors in high school with their chosen university.  We are here to help with transition and want there to be an easy on ramp for our young people to enter into a dynamic Catholic community.
Bio: I am the chaplain for the University of Cincinnati aka the Bearcat Kingdom...thy Kingdom come thy Will be done.  I also coordinate efforts across the major universities within the Archdiocese.  I also am spearheading efforts to connect our Catholic high schools and their campus ministry with that of our different universities.  I am here for the students and the campus ministers and am on my knees praying for their needs.  Please contact me and I am here for you. A Little About Me: I love my family and I love life! I have 2 sisters Carolyn, who is married to her stud husband Bryon and they have 3 kids, and my younger sister Lisa, who lives in Napa, California and is a chef at a winery there. I have been blessed to travel around our amazing country and around the world, but there's no place like the home of our Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  I love adventure and the greatest one on this planet is serving Jesus Christ, His Church, and His wild people. Favorite Saint: St. Philomena - Her personal story is straight FIRE! Favorite Bible Verse: I came that they may have life and have it to the full  John 10:10 Favorite Quote: We do not want a church that will move with the world we want a church that will move the world - G K Chesterton
Email : pastor@stm-stg.org
Sarah Rogers
Young Adult Evangelization
Sarah Rogers
Contact me for:
  • Info about young adult events or small groups
  • Questions about campus ministry happenings
  • If you need a friend 😊
Bio: My main focus at the CNE is one-on-one ministry and coordinating events within the Young Adult Office. I also support campus ministers and Catholic college students on various campuses throughout the Archdiocese. My job is so fun! I get to minister to young adults and college students searching for community in today’s isolating culture. A Little About Me: I am a tristate native, with most of my childhood spent just over the border in Indiana with my parents and younger brother. My favorite hobbies include finding every coffee shop, beautiful Church, and bar in Cincinnati. Favorite Saint: St. Therese of Lisieux Favorite Spiritual Quote: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.” Pope John Paul II
Email : srogers@catholicaoc.org
Wayne Topp
Director, Young Adult Evangelization
Wayne Topp
Contact me for:
  • Questions about young adult ministry or events
  • Sharing ideas about new apostolates for and by young adults
  • Ideas to engage young adults in your parish
Bio: The Office for Young Adult Evangelization and Discipleship meets young adults along the Way, gives them opportunity for healing and walks with them into discipleship. I help establish young adult apostolates throughout the Archdiocese and host regular community-building events that lead to small group opportunities for conversion and one on one apprenticeship in discipleship. The best part about my job is being able to spend time getting to know people on a very personal level and to inspire them to be who God has created them to be. A Little About Me: I grew up in a small town (just like John Cougar Mellencamp) and after graduating from New Bremen High School in 2000, I spent one year of formal discernment at the Pontifical College Josephinum. I later graduated from Xavier University and have been working with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center since 2007. My wife Marianne and I have been married for 16 years and are blessed to be the parents of 7 children. I love to spend time with my wife and children by baking, cooking, and even carving watermelon. I also enjoy running (when I get the chance), playing guitar and reading (when I’m not about to fall asleep). Favorite Saint: St. Joseph – always inspiring me to be a better father Favorite Bible Verse: Therefore, take these words of mine into your heart and soul. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be a pendant on your forehead. Teach them to your children, speaking of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
Email : wtopp@catholicaoc.org