What is United Catholic Youth Ministries?


United Catholic Youth Ministries (UCYM) is the collaborative Youth Ministry of the Evanston & Skokie grouping parishes of St. Athanasius, St. Joan of Arc, St. Mary, and St. Nicholas. In collaboration with the four pillars of Youth Ministry: Faith Formation, Service, Prayer & Worship, and Youth Development, UCYM provides events, services, and programs that support and enrich the lives of teens in the parishes and to foster a space that is open to welcoming teens from the other parishes. UCYM supports the efforts of Young Adult Ministry at St. Athanasius, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Nicholas Parishes.

Today, it is understood that Youth Ministry is not the same thing as Youth Group. Youth Ministry is the pastoral ministry that connects young people to parish life (events, liturgy, Religious Education, etc.) and a Youth Group would be a section of Youth Ministry that provides community for young people that participate in parish life. Pablo Padilla, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministry & Pastoral Juvenil Hispana for the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted a webinar about creating intentional spaces for encounter with our young people. This webinar is a great resource in helping parishes understand Youth Ministry. Click HERE to watch the webinar. 


UCYM was first established in October of 2016 by founding members Karie Ferrell, Adriel Gonzalez, and James Holzhauer-Chuckas with the support of Pastors Fr. Joseph Tito of St. Nicholas Parish, Fr. Kevin McCray of St. Mary Parish, and Fr. Hernan Cuevas of St. Athanasius Parish and was launched in January of 2017 with its first event hosted at St. Nicholas Parish. UCYM was established in close consideration of Renew My Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the need to collaborate.

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Where is United Catholic Youth Ministries?


The UCYM Office is located at: 

St. Nicholas Parish (Primary)

806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

847-864-1185, ext. 26

St. Mary Parish

1012 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201

847-864-1185, ext. 231

United Catholic Youth Ministries itself exists wherever our young people are!

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