We are all called to walk with our young people as they grow closer to the Lord. The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry is here to aid in that journey. We provide religious education, youth programs, events, and ministerial aid to help young people in our universal call to holiness.
Please feel free to reach out for anything you might need: information on our Religious Education and Youth Group programs, prayers, assistance with evangelizing the young people in your family, etc.
How Can I Get Involved?
Youth (Grades 6-8)
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in “Assumption YOUTH.” Come for the games and food, but stay for a unique experience of our faith. We operate on a revolving schedule, consisting of both structured themes sessions and unstructured social times.
1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays 5-6:30PM
All High School students are invited to participate in “Assumption L.E.A.D.” We focus on Leadership, Evangelization, And Discipleship. LEAD provides a fun place to socialize as well as opportunities to get involved in the Church and community. LEAD members are able to help organize YOUTH sessions and advise the Youth Director.
1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays 7-8:30PM
Young Adults (20’s-30’s)
Are you in your twenties or thirties and feel like you want to get more involved with fellow Catholics your own age? The Youth and Young Adult Ministry is looking for you. Whether it is a monthly opportunity to grab dinner and drinks, or coming together to help the community, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to get involved!
Do you feel like you are missing out on all the fun? Have no fear! We are always in need of adult volunteers. Whether is it helping as chaperones for off-site trips, helping with logistics and food, or serving as a small group mentor, we are all called to help our young people grow in faith. If interested in getting involved, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Get to know Torin Bourke
I am so deeply humbled to be given the role of Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry here at the Church of the Assumption. It is an enormous blessing to hold such a position in the lives of our young people, and it is one which I take very passionately and seriously. By way of expressing a little about myself, I figured there was no better way than to answer some classic ice-breaker questions, those of which are a staple in youth ministry (see kids… I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do myself). Enjoy!
Why were you given your particular name?
I get this question all the time, and to be honest I wish there was a cool story behind it. Torin is Gaelic for “chief” or “commander” and my parents have confessed to picking it randomly out of a baby name book.
What were your past jobs?
In High School I worked at a Denny’s Restaurant and also detailed the cruisers for the local Police Department (this was fun because I would get to drive them to the auto shop whenever they were damaged). When I graduated I served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Electrical Avionics Technician for 6 years, working on search-and-rescue helicopters and flying missions in them as flight crew. I got to travel all over the country, from Alaska to North Carolina, to New Jersey. When I separated I entered Seminary for a year under the Archdiocese of Hartford to discern life as a priest. After feeling called down a different path I now hold my current position.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have one older brother. Both he and his wife are teachers.
What is your favorite thing to do?
I am a bookworm. I have a room in my apartment filled solely with books, which I call my “library.” I also like to write. I started a blog a few years ago but have been very neglectful of it. My writing mostly sits out there in cyberspace.
What is your favorite food?
If it is edible I will eat it. That being said I do not know if I can identify my favorite. How about pecan pie? Yeah, let’s go with that.
What is your favorite sport?
Tennis. I played competitively in High School. I know it’s not big here in Ansonia but if anyone wants to play, just let me know!
What is your favorite movie?
I think I may be the only person on Earth who loves the Godfather Part III.
What three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year?
Amazon Kindle (so with one item I would have my Bible, Catechism, spiritual reading, recreational reading, etc.) Wait! What about electricity?
Solar panel electrical source (there… solved the electricity problem with the Kindle.)
Flint/knife combo (see… I didn’t totally ignore my Coast Guard survival training)
What do you fear the most?
Bats. I used to like them when I was younger until one got in the house. I learned two things that night… my dad has an amazing ability to catch things with laundry baskets, and I hate bats. Or maybe I just hate them because I am Batman?
What do you want to be doing in ten years?
When I am not working I am currently working on a Master’s degree in theology. Down the road I would really love to work towards a doctorate and teach at the university level.