Pope Francis writes to young people on the occasion of the presentation of the Preparatory document of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in 2018. The letter expresses Pope Francis’ love and great trust in the young:
“My Dear 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 centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your “compass” on this synodal journey.”
To read the whole letter: letter-of-pope-francis-to-young-people-on-the-occasion-of-the-synod-of-bishops-2018
To read the Preparatory document: preparatory-document-synod-2018
by Sr. Bernadette Mota FMA
This past October, I was asked to be the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. This has enabled me to share our Salesian charism on a wider scale in our diocese and to connect with the national originations as well. Our diocese is not a large one in comparison to others, but there is a huge need for ministry with and for young people. I am blessed to be in the position I am in and we are already seeing the fruits.
Attached is the paper I shared at the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults. It was a two-day event was held in conjunction with the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) and was facilitated by the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
This Forum was open to all who minister to men and women in their 20s and 30s in any church setting, including parishes, college campuses, vocation offices, diocesan offices, service networks and Catholic organizations. During the forum, we reflected on the past, assessed the current reality, and looked to the future of ministry with young adults in the United States. I was one of six presenters invited to share my reflection titled “Young adult ministry: A Journey of Accompaniment”. May of those present knew little about our Salesian Charism…so it was a great opportunity to share the richness of our tradition with them.