Diocese Is Reaching Out to Young Catholics
Lakeland's Church of the Resurrection to Host Young Adult Day of Reflection on Sunday
By Cary McMullen, LEDGER RELIGION EDITOR
Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:01 a.m.
Studies show that 18-to-39-year-olds - sometimes called the Millennial Generation - are the least likely to attend religious services or belong to a religious organization. About a year ago, Amanda Livermore realized that Church of the Resurrection, the Catholic parish in Lakeland where she belonged, wasn't doing much to reach out to her fellow Millennials.
"It's an important time in our lives. We're making a lot of important decisions, and there was not a lot of spiritual guidance," she said.
Livermore expressed her concern to Resurrection's pastor, the Rev. Matthew Mello, who hired her as a new coordinator of young adult ministries. Now Resurrection has a group of more than 50 young adults who regularly participate in a series of spiritual programs, including a popular Theology on Tap discussion group that's held once a month at a local pub.
Livermore's efforts coincided with a renewed emphasis on reaching young adults across the Diocese of Orlando, and Church of the Resurrection was chosen to host the diocese's first Young Adult Day of Reflection, a one-day conference intended to help young Catholics strengthen their faith. Please follow the link to TheLedger.com to read the entire article.
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