This fall, the Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) at Boston College is releasing two new resources to facilitate faith conversation. At a time when speaking about one’s personal relationship with God can be challenging, the C21 Center seeks to provide accessible and effortless tools for both children and adults to make those conversations easier and more frequent. These resources can be utilized in parishes, schools, homes, or wherever “two or three are gathered.”
Young Innovators—Catholic entrepreneurs, using their ideas and innovations, to revitalize the Church. Featuring guest speakers, Nell O'Leary (Managing Editor of Blessed is She) Marcellino D'Ambrosio (Co-Founder of Catholic Creatives) and Molly Burhans (Founder of Goodlands)
Pope Francis made history by convening the first-ever Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The gathering was organized so that the Church could listen to young adults from around the world and develop a response to their needs, hopes, and desires. Jonathan Lewis, Assistant Secretary for Pastoral Ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, was one of about thirty young adult auditors to participate.
While the institutional Church may need to rely on external sources of expertise for its work of reform, the work of revitalization in the United States is already underway from the inside. Hosffman Ospino argues that key to this enterprise is the growing population of Hispanic Catholics in the United States who are bringing new life – and youth – to parishes, schools, and diocesan ministries.