April 17, 2018

“Everybody needs community”

Everybody needs community. That basic need for fellowship can either draw young adults to affiliate with a church or church group, or prompt them to look elsewhere. And as studies and statistics show, churches aren’t trending so well these days. […]
March 26, 2018

Australian church outpaces US in evangelizing millennials, says study coauthor

March 23, 2018 By Emilie Ng CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelizing millennials, said the coauthor of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics. John […]
March 22, 2018

Lauren Mickler: A Questioning, Thinking, and Heartfelt Faith

Lauren Mickler describes her involvement in the Catholic Church growing up as “intense, in a positive way.” She attended Catholic preschool, public elementary and middle school, then Catholic high school. At home Sunday Mass was a given, and everyday Catholic […]
March 21, 2018

Crux reports on Catholic disaffiliation study

In case you missed it, Crux Catholic news site was among media reporting on the release of the report, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. The article, “New study seeks to understand why young people leave the […]
March 13, 2018

What Might an E.P.I.C. Catholic Church Look Like?

As most everything on this Catholic Research website either suggests or states, a growing number of young adults (and not a few older adults, too) have decided to disaffiliate from the Catholic Church. For a variety of reasons, the majority […]
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 […]

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