We exist to assist and be a resource with parish and faith communities in their evangelization of the youth and young adults of Western Washington, forming them as disciples and bringing them into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, rooted in those faith communities and the Sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
As Catholic stewards – serving, empowering and advocating for youth, young adults and families – we will provide focused resources and support for the Archdiocese, Deaneries, and the school and parish communities within the Church of Western Washington. We do this by creating relevant and differentiated ministries, activities and programs that foster the growth of faith in our Catholic communities.
A Future Full of Hope (2004)
Convened by Archbishop Brunett in 2001, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council entered into an intense period of study, listening and dialogue. Guided by Ecclesia in America, an apostolic exhortation delivered by Pope John Paul II in 1999, the fruits of the Council’s work are expressed in A Future Full of Hope: Vision, Priorities, and Goals for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Key elements calling for a renewed ministry to youth and young adults include:
- A commitment to responding effectively to the needs of youth and young adults
- Ensuring that youth and young adults continue to encounter Christ and remain in solidarity with the Church
- Encouraging pastors and lay leaders to listen to young people more attentively, involve them in planning, and invite them into leadership within our parishes and faith communities
- Celebrating cultural diversity as a gift that must be woven, not blended, into the fabric of each parish community
OYYAE’s Ministry of Service is rooted in a mandate from the Archbishop and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Their vision illuminates the value and importance of the young Church of today and is grounded in a framework articulated by the National Bishops in a number of foundational documents on ministry to youth and to young adults.