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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.

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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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Kaitlyn Colgan

is the Office Administrator for the Office of Young Adult Outreach. She is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, where she studied English and journalism. Her favorite thing about her time there was connecting with and learning from other Catholic young adults in the Newman Club. She’s very excited and grateful to play any part in helping young adults feel a little more of God’s amazing Love. In her spare time, Kaitlyn loves reading, petting puppies, dancing and visiting the beach at all times of the day/ year.

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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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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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Chase Crouse

is the Coordinator for Young Adult Outreach for Region 3 of the Archdiocese of New York. This area covers the mid-counties (Yonkers, Central and Southern Westchester, and Rockland). Chase has been involved in ministry since he encountered Christ in 2012. He served as a missionary for NET Ministries of Canada for two years before returning to school to receive his B.A. in Communications Media with an emphasis in Theology and Philosophy and an M.A. in Biblical Theology. Before starting with the Archdiocese of New York, Chase was the Director of Campus Ministry at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, CA and a youth minister at a local parish before that. Chase’s deepest longing is to lead others into an encounter with Jesus Christ in and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.