Preparing for an interfaith marriage

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Marriage and Family Young Adults

As a Presbyterian working for the Catholic Church, Bonnie Mack approaches her ministry from a unique perspective. She has been married to a Catholic for 42 years, and for the last 20 she’s volunteered and worked with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Marriage and Family Life Office.


Don't wait for marriage: Young adults should be tying the knot earlier, not later

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Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Don't wait for marriage: Young adults should be tying the knot earlier, not later

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Article Marriage and Family Young Adults

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Admission deferred: Modern barriers to vocations

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Article Spirituality Vatican Young Adults
Feeling called to religious life, many men and women are finding they first need to overcome a few obstacles in their path.

Finally, after years of shoving it down into the recesses of her subconscious, after hiding from it in college, Katie Press was ready to join a religious congregation. She’d earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a Master of Divinity, and had already begun teaching at a school run by the Sisters of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She knew that these sisters would be her community for the rest of her life.


Hispanics in the pews, not on the altar

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Article Hispanic Catholics Vatican Young Adults
Over the last several years, priestly ordination classes have gotten younger and more diverse, according to a 2011 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate out of Georgetown University.

There are more Asian and black vocations. Asians are actually overrepresented, making up 4 percent of the U.S. Catholic population and 10 percent of the ordination class.

But, perplexingly, that isn’t the case with Hispanics.


Retro-Actives: The religious practices of Millennial Catholics

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Young Adults
Much to their parents’ surprise, a growing number of 20-somethings are embracing old parts of the Catholic tradition on their own terms.

Old habits die hard: The clothes of yore interest young religious

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Around the time Karen Lueck entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1967, the community had decided to forgo its traditional habit. “Many people who had worn the habit were glad to get out of it,” she says. “They felt it kept them on a pedestal, apart from the people.”

The order reconsidered the issue several times during the 1970s and eventually reached a compromise: A few sisters chose to wear a modified habit, and the vast majority—including Lueck—opted for simple, professional clothing. (All sisters wear the order’s medal and ring.)


Retro-Actives: The religious practices of Millennial Catholics

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Young Adults
Much to their parents’ surprise, a growing number of 20-somethings are embracing old parts of the Catholic tradition on their own terms.

Old habits die hard: The clothes of yore interest young religious

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality Young Adults
Around the time Karen Lueck entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1967, the community had decided to forgo its traditional habit. “Many people who had worn the habit were glad to get out of it,” she says. “They felt it kept them on a pedestal, apart from the people.”

The order reconsidered the issue several times during the 1970s and eventually reached a compromise: A few sisters chose to wear a modified habit, and the vast majority—including Lueck—opted for simple, professional clothing. (All sisters wear the order’s medal and ring.)


Born-again Catholics: Evangelicals crossing the Tiber

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality Young Adults
Former denizens of evangelical arenas are finding new homes in the age-old sanctuaries of Catholicism.

It took Mark Shea four tries to become a Catholic.

Raised without any religious instruction, Shea had embraced evangelical Christianity as a college student at the University of Washington in the late 1970s. “There was a little non-denominational group that came together on the dorm floor next to mine,” Shea says. “We got together for Bible study, Saturday night praise and worship, that sort of thing.”


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