Saturday, August 20, 2005

Young Catholics Today

An interesting article on young adult Catholics:

It's not their parents' faith: Young adult Catholics find new paths

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Young adult Catholics might not be running parish bingo games or hosting sodality gatherings, but that does not mean they are not active in the church. Instead, they are doing things that older adult Catholics and the school-age set might not see: discussing theology at bars, volunteering at homeless shelters and food kitchens, getting together for eucharistic adoration or to discuss Catholic classics, attending retreats or simply hanging out together.

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One problem: In the Bishops' survey the article cites, only about half the dioceses bothered to respond.

Steve Bogner has a nice reflection on his own young adulthood.

3 Comments:

Blogger Audrey said...

I don't really agree with that, though. I'm one of the young adult catholics, but I don't go to bars and places of such. We do love gatherings, retreats, seminars, but then of course, those who are active are few...

1:55 PM  
Blogger angelmeg said...

Theology on Tap is becoming very popular in my area. We have considered it where I work but are worried that the general consensus of the bible belt christians is that Catholics play bingo and drink beer, do we want to add to that stereotype by taking theology into a bar?

We are in serious discernment at this point.

Maggie

12:09 AM  
Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Maybe the important thing for the church to do is to make available the opportunities for young adults to get together? To get them together for something meaningful, which is going to vary from one person to another.

9:30 AM  

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