St. Thomas More - The First CYAS Parish Partnership
Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS) is growing. Not only has the organization added three new missionaries, but they are also collaborating their efforts with parishes in the Denver Metro area.
Last spring CYAS President Paul Spotts reached out to Brett Manero, the Coordinator of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation at St. Thomas More in Centennial, and asked if they could join forces. Manero has been working full-time with the young adults at St. Thomas More for two years.
“It’s great for me, because I oversee the young adult ministry here,” Manero said. “It’s great to have a missionary here. It’s been pretty good.”
CYAS missionary Theresa Francis spends four days a week there managing sports leagues, leading women’s bible studies and helping out in the religious education department. She’s also been meeting one on one with young adults in the area and inviting them into the Church.
Francis admits the idea was a little confusing in the beginning being the first person to develop a relationship with other parishes. However, she said working with Manero has been good and she’s seen nothing but good things come from the partnership.
“We’re both the male and female version of young adult ministry at St. Thomas More,” Francis said. “I’m there as his support and his help and we work really well together. I’m there to dedicate more time he doesn’t have to developing young adult ministry within the parish and surrounding area.”
Francis started a volleyball league and basketball league which had a big turnout. She also started a young adult night on Monday’s, a book study and an evening holy hour with Fr. John Riley.
Since collaborating, both St. Thomas More and CYAS have had significant growth in their respective ministries.
“I think it’s very beneficial having CYAS there to start these new things,” Manero said. “There’s such a need for young adult ministry, so many people craving relationship.”
Manero and Spotts have known each other for a while which makes it easy for Manero to work with him. Manero hopes the ministry keeps growing and wants new people to join.
“I hope the partnership continues throughout the coming years,” Manero said. “I hope it continues to grow and we always have a missionary with us and that lots of young adults are reached.”