September 26, 2018

Podcast: Bob McCarty Talks about Why Disaffiliated Youth Are a Grace and Gift to the Church

Disaffiliated young Catholics are not a problem to be solved, but a grace and gift to the church. That key understanding was shared with church leaders in the Diocese of Joliet recently by the coauthor of a national study on […]
September 17, 2018

Religion Might Learn Something from Business

In a recent article published on LinkedIn, Nikhil Deogun, SVP/Editor-in-Chief at CNBC, reflected on the changing role of modern corporations. Institutional religions, including the Catholic Church, might learn from insights he shared. Prompting Deogun’s reflection is that he is leaving […]
September 11, 2018

This Dinner Party Nourishes Lives after Loss

Life has its pivotal moments: birth, coming-of-age, marriage, death. Traditionally people have marked such moments with family, friends, and for many, a faith community. In recent decades, however, and especially for young adults, the faith community connection has weakened, if […]
August 30, 2018

Parish Place to Engage Young People, Says Expert

As young adults disaffiliate from the Catholic Church—and institutional religion in general—at an accelerating rate, they often seek out other places they see as providing the relationships, activities, and values they prize. This quest may bring them to CrossFit, SoulCycle, […]
August 21, 2018

“We Are All Sisters and Seekers,” Nun Says of Millennials

A seed group for a growing effort that brings together women religious and religiously unaffiliated Millennials—nationally called Nuns & Nones—knows itself locally by another name: Sisters & Seekers. “We are all sisters and seekers,” says Sr. Barbara Hanson, OP, who […]
August 15, 2018

Men’s Orders Focus Annual Assembly on Upcoming Youth Synod

At Major Superiors of Men gathering, attendees listen to young voices, digest data on estranged exodus. The questions around young people’s engagement with the Catholic faith loom for all corners of the church, including for religious orders dependent on new […]
August 14, 2018

Nuns and Nones: Conversation at Intersection of Contemporary Religious, Secular Life

This blog post is the third of three that Saint Mary’s Press Research is reprinting by Katie Gordon on the subject of “Nones.” It originally posted on The Rapidian on April 11, 2017. In two earlier articles, I wrote about the […]
August 7, 2018

Better understanding, not apologetics, will best serve ‘nones’

What if our catechetical models allowed for, embraced, and respected the questioning, doubt, wonderment and curiosity that is a natural dimension of being human? Read more here: Better understanding, not apologetics, will best serve ‘nones’ on National Catholic Reporter online (ncronline.org).
August 7, 2018

The Rise of the “Nones” Part 2: Rethinking Religious Communities

This blog post is the second of three that Saint Mary’s Press Research will reprint by Katie Gordon on the subject of “Nones.” It originally appeared in the Grand Rapids Press on January 5, 2017. Next week: “Nuns and Nones: Conversation […]

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