Special Issue "Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Arthur D. Canales
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Marian University, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA
Interests: Development of youth & young adult ministry issues within Christianity; Liturgical and sacramental issues concerning youth & young adult ministry practice; Questions and concerns regarding LGBTQ youth & young adults; Christian discipleship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Edition of Religions will concentrate generally on Christian youth (ages 14-18) and young adult (ages 19-30) ministry and development, but more specifically youth and young adults in the Catholic tradition.  Authors will focus their scholarship on a variety of issues that are pertinent to Catholic youth and/or young adult ministry or youth and/or young adult development and spirituality. 

The scope of this issue is to provide influential writings that feature authors across the landscape of Catholic youth and young adult ministry; experts and specialists who function as theologians, pastoral practitioners, and developmental and spirituality scholars.  This special issue will hopefully touch upon theology, anthropology, ecclesiology, and perhaps Christology; however, it will address, more specifically, the importance of adolescents, emerging adults, and young adults in explicitly Catholic theological and ministerial means, and in ways that shape models, methods, and practices of doing youth and young adult ministry in the Catholic tradition.

The purpose of this special edition is to have some passionate scholars and leading experts in the field of youth ministry and young adult ministry write about the various questions, issues, and developments which are taking place in these two closely related, but different fields.  The time is ripe for such a scholarly approach of youth and young adult ministry literature with the advent of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on young people titled Christus Vivit (2019).  The majority of the contributors for this issue come from the Catholic tradition and this can be seen in the writing and perhaps the terminology that is used; nevertheless, this issue is thoroughly ecumenical and Christian.  My hope is that this volume will further inspire academics who study and research youth and young adult ministry, as well as stimulate those who do teaching and training with youth and young adults in the “trenches.”

This special edition will further enhance Christian youth and young adult literature because there is no such journal that only has Catholic authors contributing to a major academic journal to this important and particular subject.  There are a two highly respected academic youth ministry journals; however, they do not always have Catholic authors write regularly and do not always have articles on young adult ministry, albeit both journals are open to such contributions.  This particular issue of Religions will accomplish both those needs and it will be an enormous contribution to Christian youth and young adult ministry as a whole, but more specifically to Catholic youth and young adult ministry in particular, which desperately needs its own academic voices and arena for such voices to be herald. 

Dr. Arthur D. Canales
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Catholic Adolescents
  • Teenagers
  • Youth Ministry
  • Emerging Adults
  • Campus Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Youth Development & Spirituality.

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Integrating Ministerial Visions: Lessons from Campus Ministry
Religions 2020, 11(12), 642; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120642 - 01 Dec 2020
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In recent years, colleges and universities have seen an increase in a relatively new model of Catholic campus ministry: missionary organizations. As these missionaries grow in number, there is also an increase in the number of campuses that simultaneously use missionaries and long-term, [...] Read more.
In recent years, colleges and universities have seen an increase in a relatively new model of Catholic campus ministry: missionary organizations. As these missionaries grow in number, there is also an increase in the number of campuses that simultaneously use missionaries and long-term, professional ministers with graduate degrees. Drawing upon two national studies of Catholic campus ministers and the work of a national task force, this article will illuminate the obstacles these blended teams face in crafting a more holistic engagement with the Catholic tradition. It will also outline the steps to promote a more integrated ministerial vision and to become more pastorally effective. Implications for ministry more broadly are discussed. Full article
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Mobilizing the Field Hospital: Pastoral Care as a Paradigm for Ministry with Young Adults
Religions 2020, 11(11), 617; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110617 - 19 Nov 2020
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When considering the Church and young adults, marketing or educational approaches are often used; however, these are inadequate to address the realities facing people in their 20s and 30s, including mental health, economic conditions, and racial and cultural injustice. What is needed is [...] Read more.
When considering the Church and young adults, marketing or educational approaches are often used; however, these are inadequate to address the realities facing people in their 20s and 30s, including mental health, economic conditions, and racial and cultural injustice. What is needed is the development of a new ecclesial paradigm based on Pope Francis’s “field hospital” analogy, which emphasizes pastoral care as a primary step in ministerial accompaniment. Full article
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A New Lens for Seeing: A Suggestion for Analyzing Religious Belief and Belonging among Emerging Adults through a Constructive-Developmental Lens
Religions 2020, 11(11), 573; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110573 - 02 Nov 2020
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In recent years, there has been an explosion of research on the religious lives of adolescents and emerging adults. Methodologies vary from large-scale quantitative surveys to smaller qualitative interview protocols. Findings point to a significant drop in religious affiliation among emerging adults. Making [...] Read more.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of research on the religious lives of adolescents and emerging adults. Methodologies vary from large-scale quantitative surveys to smaller qualitative interview protocols. Findings point to a significant drop in religious affiliation among emerging adults. Making good sense of the findings can be difficult for ministers and educators who serve across these populations. In this article, we suggest using a constructive-developmental lens to read qualitative findings. We offer a framework to guide researchers in interpreting the narratives of research subjects, noting how they make sense of religious belief and belonging. Full article
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Ministry with Young Adults: Toward a New Ecclesiological Imagination
Religions 2020, 11(11), 570; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110570 - 02 Nov 2020
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Pope Francis is urging ministry leaders to become a more synodal church, one where the people of God journey together as a faith community to create a more just and compassionate world. This calls for ministry leaders to embrace a paradigm shift, to [...] Read more.
Pope Francis is urging ministry leaders to become a more synodal church, one where the people of God journey together as a faith community to create a more just and compassionate world. This calls for ministry leaders to embrace a paradigm shift, to not just rename their programs or develop new ones, but to develop a new worldview from which to understand and engage the New Evangelization as envisioned by Pope Francis. However, the 2018 Synod on Young People revealed that the current parish and diocesan programming with young adults are inadequate in: (1) curbing the increasing tide of religious disaffiliation in young adults and (2) addressing the real and felt needs of contemporary Catholic young adults. This article argues for a new ecclesiological imagination that enables ministry leaders to go out into the world to fully engage young adults in the life of the Church. Full article
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And Then There Was Zoom: A Catholic Theological Examination on the Development of Digital Youth Ministry
Religions 2020, 11(11), 565; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110565 - 30 Oct 2020
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Although some youth programs have found significant success in expanding their ministerial outreach through the use of digital technology, a significant question remains: can spiritual communion among youth remain flourishing in isolation or outside the ‘brick and mortar’ walls of the church? The [...] Read more.
Although some youth programs have found significant success in expanding their ministerial outreach through the use of digital technology, a significant question remains: can spiritual communion among youth remain flourishing in isolation or outside the ‘brick and mortar’ walls of the church? The following paper is a practical theological analysis focused upon defining digital youth ministry and the theological underpinnings that provide a framework for its development. Sketched out through the lens of American Catholicism, this paper will especially make use of the sacramental and Trinitarian language of ‘communion’ and accompaniment in framing its exploration digital youth ministry and how it can keep young people engaged through periods of isolation caused by crises like that of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full article
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Models and Methods for Confirmation Catechesis in Catholic Youth Ministry
Religions 2020, 11(8), 417; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080417 - 13 Aug 2020
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This article will briefly address the origins of confirmation and the current approaches to adolescent confirmation. Moreover, the article discusses the two predominant models of confirmation in the Catholic Church in the United States and the predominant methods for adolescent confirmation in Catholic [...] Read more.
This article will briefly address the origins of confirmation and the current approaches to adolescent confirmation. Moreover, the article discusses the two predominant models of confirmation in the Catholic Church in the United States and the predominant methods for adolescent confirmation in Catholic parishes and in youth ministry settings. Finally, the article delineates three proposed methods for confirmation catechesis in Catholic youth ministry. The hope is that these three methods will help Catholic youth ministers and/or confirmation coordinators in their important work of providing confirmation catechesis with teenagers. Full article
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Youth Ministry after the Synod on Young People—Ten Points of No Return
Religions 2020, 11(6), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060313 - 25 Jun 2020
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From October 2016 to March 2019, the Catholic Church engaged in a lengthy journey together with young people. Over these two and a half years, some important documents were produced, including the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit by Pope Francis. The Synod on [...] Read more.
From October 2016 to March 2019, the Catholic Church engaged in a lengthy journey together with young people. Over these two and a half years, some important documents were produced, including the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit by Pope Francis. The Synod on Youth has involved the entire Catholic Church, mobilizing all Church communities around the world. After explaining the identity and meaning of a Synod for the Catholic Church, the author offers ten points of no return, which are to be considered the main fruits of this journey. They are leaven for the renewal of youth ministry in the Catholic context and elements for further exploration, comparison and dialogue with other Christian denominations. Full article
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The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the US, Its Effect on Catholic Youth Ministry, and a Way Forward Through Relational Ministry Utilizing the Developmental Relationships Framework
Religions 2020, 11(11), 572; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110572 - 02 Nov 2020
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The sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent decades has resulted in one major unintended casualty: creating a skeptical distance in the relationship between adult leaders and youth. This article provides a short history of the abuse scandal in [...] Read more.
The sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent decades has resulted in one major unintended casualty: creating a skeptical distance in the relationship between adult leaders and youth. This article provides a short history of the abuse scandal in the US and discusses the reforms and repercussions of the Dallas Charter, in conjunction with the relationships between adult leaders and youth. By incorporating the five aspects of the Developmental Relationships Framework into youth programs, ministers and volunteers will have the means to provide tangible action items for developing positive relationships with young people. These five items include expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities. Full article
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