The Office of Young Adult Engagement has gathered a list of online resources for your use during this time of social distancing and beyond. Below you will find resources about local and national prayer opportunities, mental and physical health, books to read, podcasts to listen to and so much more. These resources are specifically geared toward young adults to help them stay connected.
If you or your ministry has any resources or groups planned for young adults in Chicago, please contact Pablo Padilla at [email protected] with the details so they can be added to this page.
If you have information or want information about events or groups that are not specific to young adults, please click here.
- Hallow App (Link)
Hallow is an app for young adults that has a variety of follow-along prayer types/sessions - Examen, Daily Gospel, Stuck at Home Praylist (new for Coronavirus!), Rosary, Night Prayer, Meditations, Challenges, etc.
Books to Read
- Behold the Pierced One, Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI – A meditative reflection on the heart of the Christian faith, the Cross of Christ
- (Poetry) Borrowed Light, Thomas H. Troeger – Beautiful Poetry based on the Life of Christ & the Paschal Mystrery
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life, Townsend & Cloud – How to stay mentally and emotionally healthy while still loving as Christ commanded us
- He Leadeth Me, Walter Ciszek – Learn how to pray even while quarantined from Fr. Ciszek who spent 6 years in solitary confinement and 20 years in a Siberian prison camp.
- In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen – Amazing spiritual reflection on the 3 temptations of Christ and the Church
- Introduction to Christianity, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger – Great theological probing of the Creed and the essentials of the Catholic Christian faith and life
- Joan of Arc, Mark Twain – Mark Twain’s best work by his own admittance
- Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen – Beautiful synopsis of what it means to be loved by God in Christ, written for a non-believer
- Poustinia: Encouraging God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer, Catherine Doherty – The description of how to be a modern day hermit or contemplative while living in the world by the unparalleled Catherine Doherty
- Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Jacque Philippe – Spectacular elucidation of how to attain what everyone is seeking and most wants: peace
- The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius – A philosophical and theological treatise on why good people suffer, written by a Roman Consul on death row
- The Impact of God, Fr. Iain Matthew – One of the best reflections on John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul
- The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen – A striking theological reflection on the parable turned Rembrandt painting, the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke (You wont regret reading it)
- Blessed Is She – A sisterhood of women who want to grow together in their faith. (Link)
- Catholic Information Center (located in DC) (Link)
- FemCatholic (Link)
- Formed: The Catholic Faith on Demand (Link)
- Grotto Network (Link)
- Magnificat (Link)
- Vatican: Pope Francis (Link)
Coronavirus blogs and videos
- Fr. Mike Schmitz – How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Link)
- Gretchin Rubin's 10 Tips for Staying Calm during Coronavirus (Link)
- Grotto Network – How to Handle the Coronavirus Disruption (Written by Julia Hogan, LCPC) (Link)
- Hallow – Hallow’s Response to COVID-19: Part 1 (Link)
- Blessed Is She – A List of Catholic Podcasts for Women (Link)
- Fr. Connor Danstrom (Link)
- Fr. Mike Schmitz (Link)
Social media accounts to follow
- Archdicesan Coronavirus Emergency Fund (Link)
Assist those significantly affected by COVID-19.
The archdiocese has created a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help alleviate the financial hardship caused by the outbreak. This fund will support ministries serving those in need and members of our community who have been negatively affected by the pandemic including parents of Catholic school students struggling to make tuition payments. Our neighbors down the street and across the archdiocese need our help at this critical moment.
- Catholic Charities
Andrew McKernin – Volunteer Relations Project Manager
312.655.7557 or [email protected]
- General lines
To get help: 312.655.7700
To donate food or clothing: 312.655.7525
- Kolbe House (Link)
- Support the Office of Young Adult Engagement (Link)
- Universal Offertory Program (Link)
Support your parish at this critical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to the Archdiocese of Chicago and our parishes, including offertory funds lost due to the suspension of public liturgies. Parishes rely on the generosity of their members to cover expenses related to ministry, maintenance, staffing, community outreach programs and other pressing needs. Please consider using this online link to make a one-time or recurring gift to your parish and support the vital ministries and services it provides. Please select your parish name from the drop-down menu on the form.
- Virtual Ministry of Care St. Clement
St. Clement is gathering volunteers to do email, phone and video visits with their elderly, homebound and isolated parishioners. You can sign up here.
Mental health resources
- Catholic Psych Institute (Link)
- Grotto Network Health and Wellness (Link)
- Mental Health tips from the CDC (Link)
- Millennial Therapist Instagram (Link)
- Reform Wellness (Link)
- Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (Link)
- The Mindful Catholic (Book)
- The Place We Find Ourselves – Adam Young Counseling (Link)
- The Wisdom of Anxiety Instagram (Link)
- 3 Tips to Manage Stress (Link)
Physical health resources