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Going, Going Gone

Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, a comprehensive report, is based on the unprecedented national study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University and Saint Mary’s Press Catholic Research Group. In their own words, young people share the reasons why they are leaving the Catholic Church, and religion in general. Their reasons will likely surprise you.

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Faith Talk Having Conversations That Matter with Youth


Dr. Bob McCarty challenges catechists, teachers, and youth ministers to examine their ministry practices in light of the Going, Going, Gone research into young people’s disaffiliation from the Catholic Church. McCarty provides the vision, methodology, and practical tools to shift from focusing on telling young people what to believe, to focusing on deeply listening to young people’s experiences, questions, and concerns about life, spirituality, and the Church, while accompanying them on their faith journey.

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Church Refugees

Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith.
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Choosing Our Religion

The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.
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Alter Girl

Walking Away From Religion Into the Heart of Faith.
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Going, Going Gone Discussion Guide – School

This discussion guide is a companion to Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. Use this guide to facilitate thoughtful conversation and reflection with your school’s faculty, staff, boards, or parent groups.
 
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Going, Going Gone Discussion Guide – Parish

This discussion guide is a companion to Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. Use this guide to facilitate thoughtful conversation and reflection with your parish’s staff, boards, or parent groups.
 
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Symposium Explores Why Young People Are Leaving the Church

In January 2018, Saint Mary’s Press released results of a two-year national study exploring why young adults are leaving the Catholic Church. The qualitative study, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, was also the subject of a national symposium near Baltimore Jan. 16–18. That discussion was moderated and recorded by Minnesota Public Radio.

 
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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 the dynamics of disaffiliation in young Catholics. Pastoral ministry consultant and trainer Bob McCarty appeared at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, IL, on Sept. 20.

 
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