Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Catholic Pastoral Center
2800 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
It’s the New Year, and with that, of course, comes New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? Lose weight? Quit smoking? Finish that novel? How about seeking out a new form of spiritual enrichment?
Starting this month, the Diocese of Nashville is offering young adults, ages 18-39, an opportunity to do just that.
“The Summit,” a new monthly event featuring worship, Eucharistic adoration, live music, small group discussion, and community fellowship, will begin Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Catholic Pastoral Center. Open to all young adults in the diocese, single or married, it will be “an opportunity to grow closer to Christ,” said Bill Staley, director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Nashville.
Staley, along with his assistant Brandon Quigley and other community volunteers, designed The Summit to appeal to a wide audience, those who enjoy more charismatic worship services as well as those who appreciate time for quiet reflection. “Whatever spectrum you come from, you’ll feel comfortable,” Staley said.
PJ Anderson, a Nashville-based Christian singer/songwriter, will lead the music at the Summit. Anderson has played for the diocesan “Break at the Lake” youth retreat for years; he has also performed at the National Catholic Youth Conference and led the worship component of the Catholic Heart Work Camp.
The Summit will be Eucharist-centered, since that is “the source and summit of our faith,” Staley said. It’s all designed “to help people understand the faith … and is an opportunity to grow closer to God.”
The Summit will replace a similar event, the former Catholic Underground, which was held monthly at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows in downtown Nashville. With its ample space, the new Catholic Pastoral Center offers more opportunities for programming on a diocesan-wide scale, and the Summit is part of a renewed effort to draw in more Catholic young adults and families.
Childcare will be available for Summit participants by screened and reliable childcare providers. “The kids can have free time in the gym and the parents can come and be spiritually nourished,” Staley said.
The Summit is currently scheduled for the third Thursday of the month through April from 7-9 p.m., and future dates so far include Feb. 18, March 17, and April 21. More information is available at