Pope Francis said that “young people call us to renewed and expansive hope” (Evangelii Gaudium, 108), challenging all Catholics – pastoral leaders and parishioners, friends and families – to more intentionally engage and evangelize our young adults.
There are indeed great moments of hope when it comes to the Church’s evangelization of young people from Ash Wednesday to World Youth Day. The next step for each of us, then, is helping to transform those “moments” into “milestones.” Paul Jarzembowski, assistant director for the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., will help us understand those next steps at this year’s International Catholic Stewardship Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida, from October 5 to 8.
Mr. Jarzembowski, highlights a group of Catholic leaders whose collective expertise includes ministering to, and evangelizing, youth and young adults, especially those two generations commonly referred to as the Gen Xers and Gen Y, the Millennials. An underlying theme to be addressed by the presenters is how we avoid approaching these younger members of our communities as “problems to be solved,” and instead, discover how we connect them to the Gospel in creative ways that meet them on the road they are traveling. Evangelizing youth and young adults will be a recurring topic in future ICSC Stewardship e-Bulletins.
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