March 13, 2018

From “Where?” to “Why?”: Reframing the Youth Question

Dr. Bob McCarty, coauthor of Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, was recently featured in a podcast on the website Ministry Monday (March 4, 2018). Title of the podcast is “From ‘Where?’ to ‘Why?’: Reframing the […]
March 8, 2018

Devon Watts: “Loving a Church That Sometimes Doesn’t Love Me Back”

When Sebastian “Bash” Watts was baptized at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans, he became the sixth generation from his family to receive the sacrament at the church since it was integrated in 1920. That was the year […]
March 5, 2018

Pope Seeking Input through Social Media

Pope Francis is using Facebook and other social media to cast a wide net in hoping to learn more about the experiences of young people, both inside and outside the Catholic Church. The effort comes in anticipation of an October […]
March 2, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Students and the Responsibility to Speak

One of the findings of the recent Saint Mary’s Press study on the dynamics of church disaffiliation in young Catholics is the felt need of young people to speak and be heard regarding matters of faith and belief. One of […]
February 20, 2018

Why I Encourage Questioning Religion

Rachel Schmidt (The following reflection, “Why I Encourage Questioning Religion,” originated as a post by Rachel Schmidt, Spiritual Life Coach, on her blog site. It is reprinted here with permission.) I was raised to be religious and now I’m not. Well, […]
February 14, 2018

Some Young Adults Feel Unwelcome in Church [Interview]

Young adults who once identified as Catholic are leaving the Catholic Church at an alarming rate. In January 2018, a national gathering convened in Baltimore to explore the reasons why. A key focus of the three-day event was findings of […]
February 8, 2018

Church Must Become a Better Listener

  One of my mom’s many fond recollections of my dad, who died 23 years ago, is the patience he always showed with us kids. An example she likes to share has Dad sitting up until late-late on a work […]
February 2, 2018

A National Conversation on Religion and Disaffiliation in America

The following post by Fr. Carl Chudy, SX, Interfaith Outreach media director for Xaverian Missionaries USA, first appeared on the website Catholic Global Mission, January 14, 2018. Reprinted here with permission of the author. By Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Some […]
January 26, 2018

Young Adults Are Leaving Catholic Church: Study Explores Why

A two-year national study explores why young adults are leaving the Catholic Church. Saint Mary’s Press released results of the study, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, at a national symposium near Baltimore Jan. 16–18, 2018. The […]

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