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. 

Monica Benitez, Associate Director

Hi! I'm blessed to have recieved this oppportunity to grow and learn along side the youth and youth minstry coodinators. I've been passionate about serving the Church all my life. My first exposure to youth minsitry was serving at my home parish St. Joseph the Worker in McAllen.

I graduated from The University of Texas-Pan American in May 2010 with BA in Communication Studies where I was also very involved in campus ministry. I felt that God was calling me for something greater upon graduation and I answered. In August 2011, I completed a year of service in with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I worked for St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, SD on Rosebud Reservation. I was an assistant Religious Education teacher, led a faith-sharing group with youth at the Juvenile Detention Center, and was part of the Betty Ford/SFM 12-hr Recovery Workshop staff.

Dora Rodriguez - Rosa, Secretary




Dora has a great heart for ministry and is a wonderful addition to the office. 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.