What do young adults believe about religion? Are they open to learning about Christianity? Can they be evangelized?
And what’s the best way to communicate with Millennials? Should the Church put all its eggs in the social media basket on the assumption that young adults won’t engage with more than 140 characters at a time?
What is your earliest memory of Church?
Mine is sitting in the choir loft of St. Paul Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania, listening to my mother sing Panis Angelicus and wondering when I would be old enough to join the Communion procession. Even then, I knew that I wanted to be a part of life in that particular parish. For me, at three, St. Paul’s was the Church.
When I started my career in Catholic communications, one great piece of advice I received was from Dr. Owen Phelps, the legendary communicator from the Diocese of Rockford. I am very grateful to Owen. When I was preparing to launch FAITH magazine, my bishop suggested reaching out to him. Owen had participated in a consultation for our diocese and was kind enough to help a newbie like me. He suggested tapping into the Catholic Press Association. In 1999, I attended my first CPA conference. It was in Chicago and it was great.