On June 19th, the Vatican announced the release of the "working document" or Instrumentum laboris for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops taking place in October.
This is the table of contents:
The Part - Recognizing: The Church in listening to reality
Chapter I: Being young today
Chapter II: Experiences and languages
Chapter III: In the culture of waste
Chapter IV: Anthropological and cultural challenges
Chapter V: Listening to the young
Part II - Interpreting: faith and vocational discernment
Chapter I: The blessing of youth
Chapter II: The vocation to the light of faith
Chapter III: The dynamism of vocational discernment
Chapter IV: The art of accompanying
Part III - Choosing: paths of pastoral and missionary conversion
Chapter I: An integral perspective
Chapter II: Immersed in the fabric of everyday life
Chapter III: An Evangelized and Evangelizing Community
Chapter IV: Animation and organization of pastoral care
Prayer for the Synod
As we await the full English translation,
please continue to keep the process
and all young people in your prayers.
The bishops of the United States gathered in Florida for the Spring General Assembly in mid-June.
During the afternoon general session on June 13, 2018, the U.S. delegates to the pre-synodal gathering convened by Pope Francis on March 19-25, 2018, Brother Javier Hansen, Nick López, and Katie Prejean McGrady, addressed the body of bishops on their experience. Now, you can hear their report as well, followed by a conversation with several bishops/archbishops/cardinals.
(In the video below, they begin at the 12:30 mark, the discussion with the bishops begins at 36 minutes; section ends at 1:09).
Archbishops Tobin and Chaput then report on the Synod preparations, then Bishop Caggiano on World Youth Day Panama 2019 and a conversation with other bishops.
I love that Cardinal Dinardo (at 1:36) comments that the bishops need to make sure that young people know that they are being prayed for! (As well as offer free doughnuts!)
What did you hear that challenged you?
What did you hear that affirmed you?
If you are between the ages of 16 and 29, what might you have added?
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.