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Young-adult couple Anya Rosien and Daniel Trosa share a passion for ministering to their peers. (Photo courtesy of Anya Rosien)

Couple in Diocese of Rochester shares ministerial bond

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HILTON — In early 2023, during one of their very first conversations, Anya Rosien and Daniel Trosa found that they had a common ministerial interest.

“He was like, ‘Oh, I want to start a young-adult thing.’ And I was like, ‘That’s too funny, because I do that at my church,’” Rosien recalled.

Rosien and Trosa, both 24, soon began dating. They remain a couple today while continuing efforts at expanding young-adult ministry in their respective Diocese of Rochester parishes — Rosien, at St. Leo in Hilton; and Trosa, at All Saints in Corning, some 100-plus miles to the south.

Rosien and Trosa said they’re passionate about helping other young adults stay strong in their faith as they navigate secular influences.

“The church says one thing, but then the world says another,” Rosien remarked. “It is good to have these groups that can really help support what we should be looking at in the world and what we shouldn’t be.”

Ministry at Hilton parish offers wide range of activities

Rosien is volunteer coordinator of St. Leo’s young-adult ministry, which began approximately two years ago. She said the ministry strives to offer a mix of spiritual, social and service activities.

“My ideal for the group is to have something faith-based but also, like, fun and enjoyable,” she said.

On one occasion, the group played kickball at the beach and then prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet as the sun was setting, she said. Participants also have gathered at Rosien’s home to enjoy bonfires and also pray the rosary together. Among the ministry’s other recent activities have been a corn-maze hike in the fall; a Christmas service project of gathering small gifts and toiletries for underprivileged youths; and a mini-retreat this past April.

Listen as Anya Rosien discusses St. Leo’s young adult ministry.

Rosien, who teaches prekindergarten at the Imagination Childcare Academy in Gates, said event participants come not only from St. Leo, but also several other parishes in western Monroe County. She said her own interest in young-adult ministry arose from a positive experience with St. Leo’s youth ministry while in high school. Reaching out to all age groups, she said, is “something we’ve very passionate about here (at St. Leo).”

Southern Tier resident strives to grow ministry in his region

Trosa, meanwhile, is looking to similarly unite young-adult Catholics in the Southern Tier where he resides.

A native of the Bronx, Trosa attended Salesian High School in New Rochelle where, he said, “my faith really kind of kicked in.” He went on to become president of the Catholic campus ministry and grand knight of the Knights of Columbus council at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, from which he graduated in 2021.

After beginning in July 2021 at Corning Inc. as a process engineer, Trosa said he didn’t find much in the way of parish young-adult ministry in the Tier and decided to do something about it. He’s been in touch with Father Matthew Walter, the new parochial administrator of All Saints Parish, and has reached out to other area parishes where he’s found substantial interest in the possibility of a young-adult ministry.

“That has been such a blessing for me, to meet so many young Catholic adults,” Trosa said, noting that he hopes to help create a young-adult network encompassing a number of parishes: “I know there’s tons of young Catholic adults who are looking for this type of ministry.”

Listen as Daniel Trosa shares about his desire for young adult ministry in the Southern Tier.

Couple places emphasis on welcoming all young adults

Rosien and Trosa share similar views on what a young-adult ministry should offer. A key priority, they said, is the opportunity to form close spiritual and social connections that young adults might not easily find elsewhere. They also agree that ministry to young adults should reach out to people at all levels of church involvement.

“We definitely want to include everybody,” Trosa said.

“People come from my group that are really strong in their faith, to knowing barely anything in their faith and just learning. And they want to learn more, and so they keep on coming,” Rosien said about St. Leo’s ministry.

Rosien and Trosa acknowledged that their interest in young-adult ministry has provided a bonding element for them as a couple.

“We’re fortunate in that sense,” Trosa said, adding, “The thing that is most similar between us is our love for the Lord first.”

“We focus our relationship on God first,” Rosien agreed.


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