Youth

VIEWPOINT | Important takeaways from the presynod gathering in Rome

The very fact that more than 300 young people — joined by another 15,000 virtual participants via social media — produced a document to be read and studied by bishops around the world in preparation for the Vatican's 2018 synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" is no small feat.

The near-unanimous consensus on a range of issues facing young people in the Church today offers an example to the rest of the Church at a time when some established leaders, continuing to fight old battles, are adding to the climate of polarization rather than overcoming it.

Axe-throwing, beer-drinking evangelization

Franciscan Brother Andrew Hennessy puffed from a cigar while promoting The Man Tour before a March 10 event in Mount St. Francis, Ind. The event included smoking cigars, throwing axes and participating in eucharistic adoration. “We want to bring men together to see where they are in their walk in life, and where they are in their relationship with Christ and the Church so we can better prescribe a men’s ministry,” said Philip Wiese, director of youth ministries for the New Albany Deanery.

INDIANAPOLIS — While talking about The Man Tour, Conventual Franciscan Brother Andrew Hennessy shares his purpose for creating an evening that combines throwing axes, drinking beer, eating pizza, smoking cigars and participating in eucharistic adoration.

The 28-year-old friar, who's involved in young adult ministry, wants The Man Tour to deepen the bonds of young men who already share the Catholic faith while also connecting with young men who don't have a home in the Church.

Handi-Capable Egg Hunt is Easter highlight for Knights of Columbus

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Lined up along the edge of the parking lot, a group of about 80 hunters were ready, bags in hand. At the front of the line, the Easter Bunny raised his arms as he counted: "One! Two! Three! Go!"

And they were off. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs were scooped up from the lot. With their quarry secured, the hunters eagerly retreated to the warmth of the Knights of Columbus hall to sort through the treasure on a cold and overcast Palm Sunday afternoon.

Pope asks youths to rejuvenate Church; youths ask to be heard

Pope Francis posed for a selfie at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome March 19. The meeting was in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment this October at the Vatican.

ROME — The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people to preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told about 300 young adults.

"We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move forward, to strengthen hope for the future," the pope said March 19, opening a week-long meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October.

U.S. delegates to pre-synod meeting lay out priorites

Three delegates will represent the United States at the pre-synod gathering March 19-25 at the Vatican in preparation for October's synod of bishops on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment." The three, named by the U.S.

Totus Tuus catechetical program is growing in archdiocese

Totus Tuus, a catechetical summer program for first- through 12th-graders, is growing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The program, which expanded from seven parishes last year to 11 this summer, has elements of a vacation Bible school and a mission. Taught by young adult catechists, known as "missionary teachers," participants learn what it means to share the Gospel and how to promote the faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship.

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