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RENEW International’s Theology on Tap Featured on Catholic Radio


Catholic parishes across the nation are faced with a pressing pastoral concern: how to reach out to and increase church attendance and involvement of young Catholic adults. The issue is so prevalent, Ohio radio talk show, “Catholic Mornings”, recently dedicated a portion of its morning show to the subject and interviewed a young adult ministry team member from RENEW International’s Theology on Tap.

Theology on Tap offers an innovative solution to the lack of young adults in the Catholic ministry. The process enhances a local or regional young adult ministry by offering opportunities for young Catholics to join together and take part in events designed to appeal to their specific needs and wants. Young adults are invited to listen to dynamic and knowledgeable speakers, discuss relevant spiritual topics, and get to know one another in comfortable, young-adult friendly settings such as restaurants and bars. More information about the program can be found at or

The program began in 1981 with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Theology on Tap was established as an opportunity for parishes to focus on one of the most overlooked groups of people in the Church: people in their 20s and 30s. Since then, hundreds of groups around the country and beyond have utilized the program as an effective invitation strategy.

Since 2007, RENEW International and the Office of Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago have collaborated to enhance this young adult outreach and expand its presence. Young Adult Ministry Team Member Kathy Motyka of RENEW International said, “Young adults are hungry for spiritual insights, interpersonal connection, and true community. Theology on Tap not only successfully addresses these needs, but it also encourages leadership for churches by actively involving participation of young adults in ministries.”

About RENEW International
RENEW International is a Catholic organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. RENEW International has a 28-year record in revitalizing parish life in over 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages. The official web site is

Deirdre Malacrea
Director of Communications and Marketing
RENEW International
1232 George Street
Plainfield, NJ 07062


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