Youth & Young Adults

Thoughts on the synod: Solitude and mission

Archbishop Charles Chaput turns his column over to a young man discerning God's personal call to embark on a mission for life -- a vocation -- which begins with solitude and is built in community.

Selfie spirituality: Inside CatholicPhilly.com

In the age of the selfie, how can the church reach "real people"? Social media expert Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. shares his thoughts on the relationship between the actual self, the virtual self and the Gospel.

Show you’re a Catholic school grad and appear a fool — for Christ

Even as this year's graduates take off their caps and gowns, they are called always to be witnesses to Christ through their personal example despite pressures to fit in with society, writes Father Joseph Bongard.

In a world of us vs. them, Catholics can show the way to dignity

A young Navy officer knows the beauty of respectful dialogue and dignified disagreement, and thinks young people in the church can become the voice of dignity wherever it is called into question.

The power of witness; the importance of the Eucharist

Archbishop Charles Chaput lauds the Culture Project that ministers to young adults, the Courage ministry to persons with same-sex attraction and the holy Eucharist -- all treasures of the Catholic Church.

Lessons from two soon-to-be saints

Millennial Catholics like Elise Italiano grasp the integrity of Catholic teachings, and see no divide in the saintly witness of Pope Paul VI (pro-life) and Archbishop Romero (social justice), whom the pope will soon canonize.

Yanny vs. laurel, and the search for truth

The latest internet sensation -- what did you hear that computerized voice say? -- points to the importance of listening, which can lead to the internal conversion of our hearts, writes Brett Robinson.

Thoughts on the Synod: Becoming a Hedgehog

Archbishop Charles Chaput shares the insight of a young man about to be ordained a priest. Young people need Christian witness, and to find rest in Jesus from the world's noise.

Thoughts on the Synod: A Thirst for Mentoring

In the first in a series, Archbishop Charles Chaput shares the comments of a young woman in Philadelphia who asks how the Catholic Church can encourage mentors for today's youth and young adults.

Young adults say encuentro process ‘lighting a fire’ in people of faith

Pastoral leaders of episcopal Region I South have taken to heart the encuentro call to be a church in mission that engages and forms Hispanic Catholic youth and young adults to live out their missionary vocation.