Why are so many young Catholics leaving the Faith? Who are the injured, the drifters, and the dissenters?
Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI for a thought-provoking discussion on how to best minister to our youth and young adults in today’s society. This topic is of upmost importance for the Church, both locally and around the world, namely the vital task we all have of helping to secure the future of the Church by making sure we are ministering to and meeting the needs of the next generation.
Special guest will be Daniel Oubre, the Associate Director of the Office for Parish Life in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Church leaders have recognized the importance of listening to and meeting the needs of young adults as they grow up in this totally secular culture. Pope Francis has called upon the leaders of those immersed in youth ministry to initiate a true and honest dialogue to bring Christ into the lives of our youth.
Fr. Ed and Mr. Oubre will share some recent data from the Pew Research Center that shows that the number of young Americans who are no longer religiously affiliated has increased dramatically in recent years. Seventy-four-percent of the sample population of this study said they left the faith between the ages of 10 and 20. It seems from the study that this disaffiliation from the Church is largely a thoughtful, conscious, intentional choice made by young people in a secularized society where faith and religious practice are seen as one option among many.