Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Thoughts on the Synod: A Thirst for Mentoring

Archdiocese of Philadelphia | 5/17/2018 | Staff
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In October this year, bishops from around the world will gather in Rome for a synod. The theme of their discussions is “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” As a member completing his term on the Synod of Bishops’ permanent council, I’ll have the privilege of taking part in the conversation.

Plenty of social data already exists on the views and circumstances of young people, ages 16-29. But it’s also important to hear directly from real persons. So to prepare for the synod over the next four months, I’ll be handing over my regular column on an occasional basis to young people and others experienced in the work of youth and young adult ministry, so they can voice their thoughts in this space.

Regina - Luczyszyn - Graduate - Temple - University

Regina Luczyszyn, 26, is a 2018 graduate of Temple University Law School. She and her fiancé will marry in October. It’s a pleasure this week to share her comments:

Young people today face a world of confusion. In that storm of conflicting ideas, the Catholic Church serves as a lighthouse – a beacon of love, mercy, and truth. However, finding Christ in the darkness isn’t always an easy journey. It can be filled with heartache. So, what can the Church do to help us on our journey? Jesus Christ gave us the answer by showing us the importance of mentorship and discipleship – a model the Church needs to revive if she expects young adults to follow Christ.

Mentors - Navigators - Lighthouse - Priests - Brothers

I like to imagine these mentors as navigators guiding us safely to the lighthouse. Priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people can all serve as mentors. But they need to be grounded faithfully in the truth and the authentic way of Jesus Christ so as to not lead people even further astray.

Many of us have been raised in broken homes affected...
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