Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy, will extend his hand to pick you up.
– A message of hope to young people from Pope Francisahead of the Synod on Youth and Vocational Discernment
Pope Francis wants to hear from you!
In October 2018, Pope Francis will call a gathering of bishops (a synod) in Rome to discuss and reflect on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”
In anticipation of the synod, the Vatican has released a preparatory document to serve as our “compass” during this journey. The document contains preliminary questions for dioceses to ponder and solicit responses from the faithful that will aid the bishops in discerning and devising a plan to serve the needs of our young church.
A board member of Leonie’s Longing is serving on her diocese’s preparatory synod committee and the answers collected from this survey will be incorporated into the report compiled by the diocese. The report will then be sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who will compile a national report for review in Rome.
Why did Pope Francis choose “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” as the theme?
As was the case for his predecessors, the youth have been a key concern for Pope Francis since the beginning of his pontificate. The Holy Father said the theme is an “expression of the Church’s pastoral concern for the young.” The Church will be examining herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.
What is the goal of the synod in 2018?
The synod seeks to “accompany young people on their way of life towards maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they can discover their life project and realize it with joy, opening the encounter with God and with men, and actively participating in the building up of the Church and society.”