Earlier this year, in response to the request of the Holy Father, we undertook a survey of youth and young adults in advance of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the topic of the Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Despite making every effort to provide a survey which was easily accessible and seeking the input of those who practice and don’t practice the Faith alike, it was the overwhelming response of those who actively live their Catholic Faith which really stood out. A significant portion of those who responded acknowledged that it is groups like CCO and experiences like the relic pilgrimage which strengthen and confirm them in their faith. In a world that frequently ostracizes and marginalizes people of faith, the response of young people to authentic experiences of the richness of our Church’s traditions gives lots of hope for a promising future when we, like the St. Francis Xaviers of our past and the CCO missionaries of our present, remain untiring in our fidelity to the Gospel and Christ’s Church.
By Fr. Cristino Bouvette | Director of Vocations & Interim Director of the Office of Youth Ministry