young adults

TWENTY SOMETHING | History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

The old man with the typewriter would like to say to certain people among us: Don't be a blockhead.

David McCullough's bestselling new book, "The American Spirit," takes up a cause he has long championed, lends it added urgency and aims it squarely at young adults.

"We are raising a generation of young Americans who are by and large historically illiterate," McCullough writes.

What leads Millennials to continue Mass attendance?

Faith Downing received Communion from Msgr. James Callahan at Mass June 20 while attending with her 7-month-old son, Joseph. Downing tries to go to daily Mass at St. Joseph at least once a month.

For Faith Downing, 24, education in Catholic schools made all the difference in her faith as a young adult. By comparison, Ashley Hayworth, 28, received little Catholic education — just 2½ years out of 12, with no Parish School of Religion — yet she's a regular Sunday Mass-goer as well.

Despite their Catholic-education extremes, Downing and Hayworth rank among Millennials — young adults born since 1982 — who attend Mass on Sundays.

SEEK 2017 inspires college students to evangelize on campuses

Young adults prayed at Mass as part of the Jan. 3-7 biennial SEEK conference in San Antonio, Texas. The event was designed to bring evangelization efforts to college campuses.

SAN ANTONIO — In need of reigniting the fire for his Catholic faith, Jeremy Martins found the flame he needed at SEEK 2017.

"SEEK is the log I was waiting for," said Martins, a junior at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. "It has been two years since a real encounter with Christ."

Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Trust has appeal for young adults

Ukrainians led the singing at a gathering at the Taizé Community in Taizé, France. The community includes more than 100 brothers -- Catholics and Protestants from about 30 nations.  The community serves as a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Young people have been coming to Taizé in increasing numbers from every continent. Church leaders, including St. John Paul II, have visited.

James Comninellis and Brian Miller were impressed by the sights and sounds of Taizé, France, and are helping to replicate it in St. Louis.

An ‘unforgettable experience’ | Steubenville STL Mid-America has rock-concert feel mixed with silence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Steubenville STL Mid-America conference had the look and feel of a rock concert on this day; in fact, JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus was set up as such — with a stage, three big video screens and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section.

At that evening session July 16, teens counted down — five, four, three, two, one — for the gates to open, then rushed through the concourse so quickly that their wake blew phamplets off a vocations table.

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Young Adult Forum inspires action, communication

In an effort to address the issue of young adults feeling overlooked in many parishes, 100 young adult leaders gathered at the Cardinal Rigali Center Aug. 1 for the first Young Adult Forum to discuss how to empower and motivate young adults. Kellie Willis, left, who attended the forum, spoke to people at her table during the small group discussions.

Abe and Jami AuBuchon went on a date with the archbishop this past weekend.

The couple, from St. Joseph Parish in Farmington, spent their usual date night driving to St. Louis for the inaugural Young Adult Forum Aug. 1, hosted by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Office of Young Adult Ministry.

The AuBuchons are in their early 30s and involved in their parish's young adult group, but as many young adults expressed at the forum, they wish there were more depth in that ministry.

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