In January of 2017, Pope Francis called for a Synod of Bishops to take place in October of 2018 on the topic of,
“Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”.
All dioceses, including the Diocese of Charlottetown, have been asked by the Holy Father to provide input which will be used to help draft the working paper for the participants.
In order to provide accurate and valuable input to the Vatican, we are turning to young people to gather your thoughts.
Your participation in this project is greatly appreciated and we will take all of the input that we receive, collate it, and submit all of our findings to the Vatican.
In October 2018 Bishops from around the world will gather (at a Synod) with Pope Francis to talk about how the Catholic Church can do a better job of communicating with and assisting young people (ages 16-30).
We want to hear from you! When the Bishops of the world meet in Rome we want to ensure that the young people of PEI are heard.
– This survey is for anyone ages 16-30 whether or not you go to church.
– You will remain anonymous.
To Watch the Holy Father’s Message: Click on the photo below
Some More Background Material
As the Vatican continues preparations for a global meeting of bishops next year to consider the needs of young Catholics, the cardinal in charge of Rome’s family office wants them to know that they must make their voices heard.
“It’s your moment; it’s your time,” said Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s office for laity, family and life. “The whole church is saying to you, the pope is saying to you: Don’t allow the world to control you; you control the world.”
“The Holy Father wants us to change the world,” Cardinal Farrell said. “Make a difference. Don’t let the world control you; don’t let it drag you down. But you tell us how we can help you to improve it and to make it better.”
When it comes to evangelizing, Cardinal Farrell said young people themselves should consider how they can reach out to their peers, holding up social media as an area where they would be more effective than what he called “the elders” of the church.
“If Saint Paul were around today, where would he be? He’d be an expert on [Twitter’s] 140 characters. And that’s where you should be,” he said.
Bishops from around the world will gather in Rome next October for a three-week long assembly, which Pope Francis decided would focus on the needs of young people in the church. According to the Vatican, the goal of the meeting is “to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realize it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society.”
In January, Pope Francis wrote a letter to young people about the goals of the synod, and in April, he said during a speech at the Vatican that he wants to hear the voices of all young adults, including Catholics as well as atheists, agnostics and those estranged from the church.
“Every young person has something to say to others, something to say to adults, something to say to priests, to sisters, to the bishops and to the pope,” Francis said during an animated address during which he ditched a prepared text. “We all need to listen to you!”
Earlier this summer, the Vatican announced an online survey for young adults to submit their thoughts before the bishops’ meeting, and more recently, it announced that it would hold a special conference of young adults in Rome next March. Their findings will be collected and given to bishops ahead of the October gathering. U.S. bishops will discuss their plans for the youth synod during their fall assembly next month.
Responding to a question about the ability of church leaders to respond to young Catholics who feel hurt by or alienated from the church, Cardinal Farrell said all Catholics must strive to live out the Gospel.
“How do we help them? By being supportive, not by rejecting them or by judging them for what they have done in the past,” he said.
The meeting, the cardinal said, is “an opportunity not just for youth to speak out, but it’s the pope telling the rest of the church, ‘Hey, wake up. Pay attention to the young people. They’re the ones that have the energy; they’re the ones that have the new ideas.’
“The world today is not like it was 50 years ago,” he continued. “It’s a different world and we need to recognize that.”