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CatholicNYC?

A vibrant online community supporting New York City’s young adult communities in the Catholic Church.

timesquareCatholicnyc.com is the official resource, provided by the Archdiocese of New York, to connect you with God, Community, and Resources that will assist you in plugging into the Catholic Church.

Whether it is an upcoming event, searching for a mass time, or just looking for ministry or educational resources, CatholicNYC.com is there to serve.

If you have any questions, or want to tell us how we can better serve you, please contact us.   If you would like to get our emails about upcoming event, click here.

 

 

Our Staff

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Colin Nykaza

is the Director of Young Adult Outreach for the Archdiocese of New York. Colin was a seminarian for 7 years before discerning that Jesus and Mary were calling him elsewhere. As a seminarian he received a BA in Theology from Sacred Heart University and a Masters of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. He also worked with Generation Life in Philadelphia as a Theology of the Body, Chastity, and Pro-Life speaker and was a Theology of the Body for Teens trainer for Ascension Press. For many years Colin has been going around the country giving Theology of the Body, sexual morality, and chastity talks to all ages.  You may also catch Colin on EWTN’s show “The Eucharist and Sunday Night Prime.” He is also a member of the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry. Colin considers it his life mission to help the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Heart triumph as she promised in Fatima. He has been honored to serve as the Director of Young Adult Outreach for going on five years and is looking forward to continuing his work serving young adults in New York.

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Mary Elise Zellmer

is the Assistant Director and Region 1 (Manhattan and Staten Island) Coordinator for the Office of Young Adult Outreach for the Archdiocese of New York. She has been working for the Archdiocese since 2012. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Theology and Communications. After graduation, she volunteered with the Salesians of Don Bosco for a year in Rwanda, where she became involved in an organization she now co-directs which sponsors vulnerable children to attend school. Following her volunteer year, she worked as the Director of Development for the Salesians of Don Bosco’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Mary Elise loves meeting new people and chatting with old friends at the various young adult events and hopes to always be a friendly face for those new to the New York Catholic community. In her free time, Mary Elise loves planning themed parties, pulling pranks, and traveling.

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Emma Dallman

is the Office Administrator for the Young Adult Outreach Office.  She joins the team from the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, where she spent three years as the Marketing and Communications Manager. She is a 2011 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Emma has received emotional and spiritual support throughout her twenties from Catholic young adult groups all over the country, and feels grateful to serve other young Catholics in NYC.  In her spare time, Emma enjoys working her freelance photography gig, hiking, restaurant hopping and exploring NYC with her husband Mark.

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Christy Vaissade

is the Bronx Young Adult Evangelization Coordinator for the Archdiocese of New York. Christy has been involved in youth ministry as a volunteer since the young age of thirteen in her childhood parish of St. Martin of Tours-Fourteen Holy Martyrs in Brooklyn and later served as a volunteer in youth ministry for a Diocesan movement and became a Youth Ministry Instructor for the Diocese of Brooklyn. She has served in various Catholic choirs and music ministries. Prior to working for the Archdiocese, she was a special education teacher in an elementary school in Queens. After having a personal encounter with Christ and recognizing Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, it has been Christy’s personal desire to bring others to come to know the Mercy and Love of God that has changed and is changing her life. Christy married Michael Vaissade in July of 2016.

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Ericka Nelson

is the Region 3 Coordinator for the Bronx, Yonkers, Southern & Central Westchester, and Rockland.  After her conversion in 2005, she became involved in youth and young adult ministry throughout the Archdiocese of New York. She has completed her undergraduate studies at Ave Maria University in Southwest Florida majoring in Philosophy and Classics. When she finished her studies, she had the opportunity to travel and do mission work throughout the world. Upon returning to NY, she realized that she wanted to be more involved in the Young Adult community. Her longing for fellowship and growth led to a deeper desire for outreach. Ericka is excited to share her wanderlust, laughter, and joy to all.

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Luigi Manente

is Coordinator for Young Adult Outreach for Region 2 of the Archdiocese of New York which includes Northern Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Luigi has been involved in young adult ministry for the better part of 5 years as well as high school youth ministry for 10 years. He previously worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society managing their Light Night Walk Campaign for the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter before returning to his roots working for Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals where he served as the Marketing and Sales Development Manager before being hired by the Archdiocese. Born and bred in the Hudson Valley, he couldn’t dream of living and raising his family anywhere else and is proud and blessed to be serving the Hudson Valley young adult community in his current position.

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Guelmis Tavarez

is the Hispanic Young Adult Outreach Coordinator for the Archdiocese of New York. Guelmis had a powerful encounter with Jesus when he was 13 years old and then sought out the sacraments of initiation to become member of the Catholic Church.

Since then, he has eagerly given of his service to the Church by becoming a lector, leading music, coordinating church groups, and teaching catechism.

When he was fifteen, he used the money that was given to him to buy food at school and saved it instead to buy his first Bible.   Since then, he has gained a passion to read the Word of God, but more importantly to live it out. Because of this passion and his continual participation in religious studies, he has been given the opportunity to visit various countries in Latin America leading evangelization through singing and speaking.

Guelmis studied Communication at the Pontificia Unividad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. He was part of the pastoral leadership team that coordinated religious events and also worked for the Dominican government as the Director of a correctional facility for boys where he often had opportunities to teach them about Mercy and Redemption.  Guelmis is also a song writer and founder of different music ministries.

In 2013, Guelmis married to his wife and now they both use music as a form of evangelization.