Young Adult

Keeping Teens Involved in the Practice of the Faith

I spoke to a group of teens who were preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Confirmation is generally administered to 10th graders in the Atlanta Archdiocese. The format of the talk was “Stump the Deacon!”  It is one of the things I do in education that I most enjoy.  The teens had written questions before I arrived and had placed them […]

Making Daily Mass a Part of Your Schedule

Daily Mass in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel at St. Peter Chanell, Roswell, Georgia

I’m constantly trying to find consistency in my prayer life. I need patterns and repetition to successfully form habits. I struggle with getting REALLY excited to start a new initiative and doing well for a day or two … and then, I fall off a cliff. Or I’ll miss a day for one reason or another and then never get […]

These are America’s Heroes?

Every four years, the world gathers to celebrate the joy of the Olympics. For 16 days, the world pauses. We all feel great pride for our home countries and cheer them on to Olympic Gold. We put these athletes up on pedestals – literally and figuratively – as we watch them break records and achieve feats we could only dream […]

The Dilemma of Worthiness

Photography © by Andy Coan

YOLO – You Only Live Once. This popular phrase is making waves across American culture (I admit that while I may be a young adult, I had to Google what the acronym meant). It has varying meanings from being similar to the innocence found in “carpe diem” to someone taking a stupid risk because “you only live once.” It can […]

Understanding the Young Adult Culture

The culture in which young adults live now is not an easy one. We are expected to be all things to all people. We struggle to find balance in our lives. We battle the stereotypes of being called lazy, entitled and ungrateful. But most difficult of all, we are searching for something. Young adults are grasping for truth. Most don’t […]

New Mission Territory

Look around after Mass or observe the folks attending ministry meetings and parish events and ask yourself: Where are all the young adults?  According to the Fast Facts on Young Adults page listed on the USCCB website, the Church defines “young adults” as 18-40 years of age and says that 40% of Catholics today belong to this age group.  Only […]

Engaging Young Catholic Adults in the Life of the Church

ICL Guest Contributor – Raellyn Kovich, Moderator, Catholic Ideas & Issues Forum Editor’s Note: The Catholic Ideas & Issues Forum, sponsored by the Integrated Catholic Life, is an outreach of the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference that presents panel discussions and Q&A on relevant faith and business topics. The panels are comprised of Atlanta Catholic business leaders seeking to assist Catholics to inform their business […]

New Mission Territory

Look around after Mass or observe the folks attending ministry meetings and parish events and ask yourself: “Where are all the young adults?”  According to the Fast Facts on Young Adults page listed on the USCCB website, the Church defines “young adults” as 18-40 years of age and says that 40% of Catholics today belong to this age group.  Only […]

A Young Adult’s Take on the Election

As a young news reporter for a Catholic network, I have three perspectives on the midterm election, and I intend to share all of them: first my thoughts as a Catholic, then as a reporter, then as a young person. For a Catholic, the midterm election this year seems pretty encouraging.  There were many pro-life politicians who won their way […]

We’re Young, We’re like Totally Hip…and We’re Needed

I recently decided, more or less on a whim, to be a Sunday school teacher at my parish.  I saw an e-mail asking for new instructors, so I called and volunteered.  I’ve also recently decided to help out more with junior high ministry at the parish that sponsors my young adult group.  These commitments may turn out to be quite […]