In ministry spheres, we use the term young adults to refer to a group of people who are mostly college graduates and still new in their careers but not yet plugged into a parish in traditional ways. Most have not married yet and do not have kids enrolled in a Catholic school or parish religious education.
People of this age group today are getting married and having children later in life than previous generations. As a result, there is a group of people in the Church who do not fit in the same way as married adults with older children do. This can be experienced as a kind of limbo in the life of a young Catholic. It is a transitory time in life. Nevertheless, many ministries have formed in order to directly serve the people in this age group. This chapter highlights some of those groups seeing success today.