Summary of the Synod Process
In November, Cardinal DiNardo shared the following summary of the Synod process on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” This was presented to his brother bishops at their general assembly meeting based on the work and findings that had been conducted over the last few months.
This video was shared on the World Youth Day USA Facebook page.
Please take a few minutes to watch/listen to the video. It is about nine minutes long. There was some great information garnered from the work many of you did.
What kinds and places
of group gatherings of youth,
institutionalized or otherwise,
have a major success
within the Church, and why?
Fortunately, in some parishes/schools, the effort to promote youth and young adult programs within the Church has seen some success in reaching out to young people, such as:
What kinds and places of group gatherings of youth, institutionalized or otherwise, have a major success outside the Church, and why?
Generally speaking, the survey indicates that the way young people are best engaged are through sports (26) and music (22), which both received a significant number of responses.
Social media and technology was also often mentioned as successful at reaching youth (14).
The arts were also mentioned, as well as general school activities, teachers, and coaches.
Many youth reported on attributes of groups that had success, such as being
accepting and welcoming, relating to teens and personally connect with them,
and fostering a sense of community among young adults.
How do these findings affirm your current ministries?
How do these findings challenge you?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.