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Called to faith at Catholic youth gathering

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Young people discover how church ‘relates to your life’ at national conference

Ania Zdunek seems like someone who would recognize God’s presence about her in her everyday life, since she attends a private Catholic high school.

But the Archmere Academy senior from St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Wilmington realized that she did not always see God as part of her everyday life when she attended the National Catholic Youth Conference last week in Indianapolis. “Sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge God in everyday life,” she said. Read more »

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Catholic students work to build future for others

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Alexis Jeynes straddled a strip of felt roofing as she cut it to the right size for the top of a shed.

She smiled as she recalled her experiences with Pitcher and Basin, a week-long work camp sponsored by the Office for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “The past two days I’ve been tearing down a roof; that was fun. Now I’m helping build one.” Read more »

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Ministry to youth, young adults launches ‘game changer’ to keep young people in church

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A new approach to youth ministry will help parishes find ways to engage young people into parish life so they don’t drift away from the church.

The effort seeks to reverse a trend toward less church involvement among young people by helping them come to think of their local church as their spiritual home, said Patrick Donovan, director of the Office for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry (CYM). Two factors he cited toward reaching that goal are to find ways for young people to be involved in the parish and to ensure connections that let them know they would be missed if they were to leave. Read more »

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