What's keeping young adults out of church?

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Article Young Adults
Maybe it’s time to let generations X and Y have their say.

It was one of those conversations: Late in a family holiday visit, the topic of religion comes up. This time it was my 20-something brother, talking about why his friends reject organized religion. “None of us believes in what’s in the Bible,” he said, going on to list the various annoying things churches do—notably telling people what to do—along with the cardinal sin of religious people: hypocrisy. “It’s just a bunch of manmade rules,” he said, an opinion I think is hardly uncommon among his peers.


New man on campus: A new approach to Catholic campus ministry

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Article Young Adults
A new approach to student ministry is changing the Catholic presence on the quad.

A young man and woman stop short of the Arizona State University Memorial Union. It’s lunchtime. James Timberlake asks Jessica Peterson to lead the two of them in prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit to guide them, to give them the right words as they set out to evangelize students.


New man on campus: A new approach to Catholic campus ministry

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults
A new approach to student ministry is changing the Catholic presence on the quad.

A young man and woman stop short of the Arizona State University Memorial Union. It’s lunchtime. James Timberlake asks Jessica Peterson to lead the two of them in prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit to guide them, to give them the right words as they set out to evangelize students.


Newman Centers: A brief history

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Article Young Adults
The mission of Catholic Newman Centers has changed over more than 100 years.

In the 1800s, Blessed John Henry Newman wrote that “religious truth is not only a portion, but a condition of general knowledge.” Catholics who attended non-Catholic universities are likely to have encountered one of the hundreds of centers inspired by the 19th-century Catholic intellectual.


Empowered by the Spirit: The U.S. bishops on campus ministry

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Article Young Adults
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on campus ministry, pledging their support for the ongoing effort to enrich the faith in colleges and universities in 1985.

“Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future” recognized campus ministry as “vitally important for the future of the church and society.”


Newman Centers: A brief history

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults
The mission of Catholic Newman Centers has changed over more than 100 years.

In the 1800s, Blessed John Henry Newman wrote that “religious truth is not only a portion, but a condition of general knowledge.” Catholics who attended non-Catholic universities are likely to have encountered one of the hundreds of centers inspired by the 19th-century Catholic intellectual.


Empowered by the Spirit: The U.S. bishops on campus ministry

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on campus ministry, pledging their support for the ongoing effort to enrich the faith in colleges and universities in 1985.

“Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future” recognized campus ministry as “vitally important for the future of the church and society.”


Getting through? How Catholic colleges are responding to sexual assault

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Article Sex and Sexuality Young Adults

Getting through? How Catholic colleges are responding to sexual assault

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Article Sex and Sexuality Young Adults

She said yes! Now what?: Answers to questions about interfaith weddings

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Marriage and Family Young Adults

“I’m marrying a Presbyterian whose dad is a minister, so we want to get married in her church. Will I still be considered married by the Catholic Church?”

Absolutely, if the requirements of canon law are met. A couple who agrees to marry are the actual ministers of the sacrament. It is they who make the sacrament “happen,” not the minister.


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