Maureen Plover is quick to point out that the three summers she served with the Center for FaithJustice ignited her passion for social justice and working for those in poverty.
“I’ve become a mission-driven individual because of my time here,” said Plover, an engagement associate for the nonprofit Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, Pa. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t have that experience.”
A new two-year, longitudinal study recently released shows the effectiveness of the Center for FaithJustice’s service immersion programs, finding that “youth engagement in faith continues long after programs end.”
Describing today’s trends when it comes to the meaning and purpose of sexuality, Gene Zannetti didn’t mince words: “We’re in a battle. We get a message from the media and society that’s very different from our faith and morals.”
Born Catholic, Zannetti grew up as an altar server who attended Mass. “But I wasn’t completely giving my heart to Jesus.”
I was delighted to be among 1,000 participants. I was proud to join other representative youth of the three churches [St. Alphonsus, St. George and St. James] that compose the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley with the delegations from so many other parishes and schools. More ... Monday, November 5, 2018
The youth ministry of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, is inviting teens of the parish and surrounding areas to join them for their “Swing into the Holiday” Swing Dance party Nov. 30. And if their last swing dance event is any indication, this next one promises to be an invigorating time for all. More ... Friday, November 2, 2018
“I don’t think I could’ve been more nervous,” Anthony Gaudino, a 10th-grader from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, said with a smile after playing a self-composed piece on the piano. “When you share music … you’re saying a prayer to God, and it can be very, very powerful.”
On the day that the universal Church welcomed seven new saints – including a 19-year-old layman – more than 1,000 from the Church of Trenton, most of them young people, gathered with their shepherd for the diocesan Year of Youth official kickoff.
“What an awesome day to begin the Year of Youth,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said, referencing not only the saints’ canonization but the month-long Synod of Bishops on young people, both in Rome.
VATICAN CITY – The Synod of Bishops will meet in October to try to look at the world and the Catholic Church through the eyes of teenagers and young adults and find ways to encourage their enthusiasm and dreams, help them sift through the possibilities life offers them to serve others and resist the temptations that come their way.
The Granito siblings – Ryan, 17, Julianna, 19, and Nicole, 22 – might be at different stages in their lives as they work toward their life and career trajectories, but one thing they each carry with them is their faith and a sense of responsibility to help those in need. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
We all want our lives to matter. At this point in my life, my parents are encouraging me to get good grades, choose a college, graduate, get a good job and make lots of money in the hopes that they have raised an individual who will be a responsible and reliable adult when I take my place in society. More ... Wednesday, September 19, 2018