Date & Time
Date(s) - 11/30/2018
Santa Clara Convention Center
In their study, The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press reveals extensive research on young Catholics who have left the church. This presentation will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for the Church and ministry with young people. We will hear about these issues from young people, in their own voices. We will examine the broader sociological shifts that enhance and diminish religious affiliation and engagement in secularized society.
• Participants will connect this research and the stories of young adults with their lived experiences
• Participants will understand the dynamics leading to disaffiliation among young Catholics
• Participants will consider the implications for the Church and its ministry
Presenter: John M. Vitek
John M. Vitek currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press. He is the co-author of Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics (Saint Mary’s Press 2018). He has served in church leadership for 36 years, including as a parish minister and director of religious education, a diocesan director, and as diocesan chancellor.