Serving the young people of the Rio Grande Valley

Giovanni Ada, Director

​Giovanni Ada was born in Indonesia. He entered the Diocesan Minor seminary at the age of 16 and 4 years later he felt the call to be a religious missionary. Since then he left his own country as a missionary to study languages, Philosophy and Theology in different countries.

In 1998 he went to the United States and served in several parish communities in Texas particularly in the Diocese of Brownsville. In 2002 he was assigned to the Diocese of Raleigh, NC as coordinator of Hispanic Ministry at St. Eugene Parish and as Diocesan Director of Pastoral Juvenil.

From 2008 to 20013 he served in the administration of his religious order in Rome, Italy. After finishing his term in Rome he came back to the Diocese of Raleigh, NC and held a position as the Diocesan Director of the New Evangelization. Inspired with the New Evangelization he moved to the Diocese of Brownsville to “walk by faith” with the youth of Rio Grande Valley. The prayer of St. Francis energizes him in his missionary life. 

Dora Rodriguez - Rosa, Secretary

​Dora has a great heart for ministry and has been a wonderful addition to the office since September 2014. Originally from Chicago, IL, Dora grew up most of her adolescent years in Alton, TX. She and her husband, Ismael, were called to youth ministry in 2008, when they attended their very first Catholic Youth Conference in the Valley "Do Not Be Afraid". It was instant. The spark to serve the young church grew into a flame. Since then, they have been passionately serving side-by-side as volunteer youth ministers at their home parish San Martin de Porres Church in Alton where they have also been serving as Confirmation catechists for the past 5 years.  In Dora's spare time, she cherishes family time together attending Mass, watching movies, enjoying a friendly competitive game of bowling or billiards, playing cards and listening to various genres of music. With Dora on-board, we anticipate to further our ministry to the young church and the caring adults that serve them. 

Vision Statement:

The Office of Youth Ministry aims at empowering the young Church of today toward personal and communal transformation in Jesus Christ.

Mission Statement:

The Office of Youth Ministry provides continual religious education, catechesis, and faith formation for parish coordinators of youth ministry, Catholic high school campus ministers, and adult leaders through life-giving spiritual, pastoral, and theological endeavors.

Nadia Chapa, Upper Valley Pastoral Associate

​Campus and Young Adult Ministry
Youth Ministry

​Nadia Chapa is a Rio Grande Valley native. Her first exposure to youth ministry was in 2008 through her active participation in Catholic Campus Ministry. She became one the first members of the Diocesan Youth Retreat Team and remained for 5 years. She also served as an intern for the Newman Catholic Student Center in Edinburg, helping with faith formation for students and gaining many opportunities for leadership formation. She graduated from the University of Texas – Pan American in December of 2012. After graduation, she worked as a Freelance Translator for almost 4 years, which allowed her to help on several projects for the Diocese of Brownsville and for organizations like Center for Ministry Development (CMD) and Charis Ministries. While still a translator, in 2014 she was offered an opportunity to do a 1-year internship with the Office of Youth Ministry, where her love and understanding for ministry grew deeper. Later, seeing the struggle in her own young adult life, she felt a strong calling to serve in young adult ministry. Answering that call, she joined the Young Adult Ambassadors in August of 2016. This allowed her to see more clearly the concerns and issues facing our youth and young adults today. Wanting to do more for the young people in our diocese, she accepted a position with the Diocese of Brownsville, in hopes that she can help reach out to those young people in the margins of the RGV. She is very excited to continue serving the young church and continue growing alongside the many leaders serving in our parishes.

Eduardo Hernandez, Lower Valley Pastoral Associate

​Campus and Young Adult Ministry
Youth Ministry

I was born and raised in the valley- can’t imagine being anywhere else in the world. I began my life in music ministry at a time when I knew absolutely nothing about Christ, much less the magisterium of the Church- still, He called. Thanks be to God, the mystical body of Christ has nourished my faith into what it is today. A wonderful mother and father, great friends and kind strangers that I have met along the way, have all contributed to my growth within the Church.

I pray the Lord helps me to do unto others, the way He has done unto me.