Category Archives: focus on millennials

In light of faith: Take action against gun violence

I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. By the time another madman decided to shoot up his own campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 students and faculty members, I was halfway through college. Continue reading

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In light of faith: A call for intergenerational solidarity

I can still feel the thick plastic cover over the checkered tablecloths under my fingers, still smell the faint aroma of almond extract mixed with something like mothballs in my nose. The week leading up to Christmas was the same every year of my childhood. Continue reading

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Whole-life perspective: How one young activist thinks about social justice

Young Catholics today find ourselves in a similar type of political cafeteria of options ranging from unsavory to utterly unfit-for-consumption. The preparatory document for the 2018 synod on youth discusses the despair that arises from this situation, naming young people’s “resignation or fatigue in their will to desire” in the face of causes they wish to champion. In my experience, this fatigue is traced to the fear that embracing one movement means … Continue reading

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In light of faith: Pope Francis highlights gifts of young people in Colombia

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults) By Christopher White Catholic News Service During his recent visit to Colombia, Pope Francis put young people front and center in many of his speeches. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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In light of faith: Young adult ministry accompanied me during addiction recovery

By Scott Weeman
The young adult ministry at St. Brigid Parish in San Diego saved my life.
On a Wednesday evening in October 2011 — having about 72 hours of sobriety from alcohol and drugs under my belt — I was greeted with a firm handshake by a young man who ultimately led the sea of men and women surrounding us in a weekly Bible study.
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In light of faith: First experiences of eucharistic adoration

I think I was 19 years old the first time I went to eucharistic adoration. It wasn’t regularly offered at my parish, and my family never lingered after Holy Thursday Mass.

      When my college chaplain informed us he was going to start offering it each week, I had to ask him for a tutorial. I was pretty uncomfortable during my first few visits. An hour seemed like an eternity to be looking at the host. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Don’t wait for the young adult group to get involved in your parish

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults) By Zac Davis Catholic News Service Young adults are tough to minister to. We’re on the move, our peers aren’t going to church with us, and we’re most likely … Continue reading

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