Teens, Young Adults and Parents Invited to Tell the Catholic Church Their Thoughts!
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  June 20, 2017
SUBJECT         Teens, Young Adults and Parents Invited to Tell the Catholic Chruch
                          Their Thoughts!

MORE INFO     Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 330.744.8451 

On January 13, 2017, Pope Francis wrote to young people:  “I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”  I wanted you to be the center of attention, because you are my heart.”  He continued, “The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard.”

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J. wants the Diocese of Youngstown to be part of this time of listening and asked our parishes and Catholic high schools to reach out and invite high school ages teens, young adults (ages 19 – 30s), their parents and family members as well as Church leaders to participate by completing Synod Surveys.  “I want us to be part of forming the documentation for the preparation for the Synod,” said Bishop Murry.

Cindee Case, Director of the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, crafted seven different surveys to help capture the input needed for a diocesan report to be submitted to the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops who will in turn write a report to the Vatican that will be used for conversations at the Synod.  

The surveys are for:

1.  Catholic high school aged teens
2.  Non-Catholic high school aged teens
3.  Catholic Young Adults (ages 19 – 30s)
4.  Non-Catholic Young Adults (ages 19 – 30s)
5.  Parents/family members of teens and young adults in English
6.  Parents/family members of teens and young adults in Spanish
7.  Parish staff and leadership in Catholic institutions

Case stated, “If you fit one of these categories, your input is crucial in helping the Church gain a better understanding of the lives of young people and their views on faith, religion and vocational call. This is a unique opportunity to share with the bishops and pope what we think, feel and experience in our Catholic Church.  I am excited that the input from these surveys will help inform our efforts at the diocesan, national and global levels of the Church!” 

Over 150 surveys had been completed by June 15, added Case.  A few parishes will be hosting Town Hall style meetings to discuss ways that the Church is and is not connecting with young people. Most parishes and Catholic High schools will be sharing the link to the surveys. Check your local parish bulletin and website for further information.

Initially, the deadline for all input was July 31, but Bishop Murry wished to extend that to August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, in order to encourage even more participation.

For more information on the Synod Surveys, or other programs of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, contact Cindee Case, Director, at 330-744-8451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .