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

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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.)


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.

Born-again Catholics: Evangelicals crossing the Tiber

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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.”


Sharing the faith with online video

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
A web video competition shows young Catholics how they can share their faith online.

God’s providence can manifest through technology, according to Suzanne Haugh, director of Goodness Reigns, a short web video project that summons the creativity of youth and young adult Catholics to tell their faith story. The undertaking will end with 22 winning entrants either attending World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid or receiving video equipment if they choose.


Global youth group

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Article Young Adults
A new generation of Catholics will seek out their place in the church in Madrid at World Youth Day 2011.

The Spanish capital will undergo a rejuvenating transformation in August as the world’s Catholic youth bring to life the theme of World Youth Day 2011, “planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.”


Global youth group

By Lindsay Mudd| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults
A new generation of Catholics will seek out their place in the church in Madrid at World Youth Day 2011.

The Spanish capital will undergo a rejuvenating transformation in August as the world’s Catholic youth bring to life the theme of World Youth Day 2011, “planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.”


Our lips are sealed: Why young Catholics don't confess

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Young Adults
A priest ponders ways to get young Catholics to confession.

He was a 16-year-old Catholic high school student who entered my confessional during a school reconciliation service at a local retreat house where I assist with confessions. “I’ve done everything,” he said, like some penitents when they don’t know where to begin or how to get started.


Pastoral juvenil in action: When young Latinos take the lead

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Article Hispanic Catholics Young Adults
When young Latinos take the lead, church is anything but boring.

The venue for the live music concert is just across the river from downtown Los Angeles, but it is far from glamorous. Organized by a new youth and young adult ministry group, the Saturday afternoon event is scheduled in a dimly lit cafeteria of Dolores Mission Catholic Church in the gritty immigrant neighborhood of Boyle Heights.


What's right with this picture? Young Latinos take the lead

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Young Adults
Young Latinos are changing the face of Catholic youth ministry.

Pastoral juvenil in action: When young Latinos take the lead

By Agustin Gurza| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Young Adults
When young Latinos take the lead, church is anything but boring.

The venue for the live music concert is just across the river from downtown Los Angeles, but it is far from glamorous. Organized by a new youth and young adult ministry group, the Saturday afternoon event is scheduled in a dimly lit cafeteria of Dolores Mission Catholic Church in the gritty immigrant neighborhood of Boyle Heights.


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