Parish Staff/Leadership Synod Survey
Welcome!
Pope Francis has called for a Synod (which is a gathering of bishops from all around the world) to take place in October 2018 focused on the topic of "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." The bishops will discuss how the Catholic Church can better support young people in living their faith and discerning their mission in life.

To help Pope Francis and the Bishops prepare for this Synod, they are asking both Catholics and non-Catholics around the world to share their experiences. Not only will your input help Pope Francis prepare for the Synod, it will also help our local Catholic Diocese of Youngstown to discern how we can better engage and support young people on their journey of faith.
Thank you for assisting us!

Where do you live?
In what year were you born?
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How would you describe yourself?
What is your parish?
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Which best describes your current marital status?
What are two positive things that teens and young adults can offer the Church and/or society today?
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What are two of the biggest challenges teens and young adults are currently facing in your community?
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What groups do you think are engaging teens and young adults the best?
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What can the Catholic Church learn from these groups?
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Why do you think some young people drift away from the Church?
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In what ways, if any, are high-school aged youth active in your Church/religious community?
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In what ways, if any, are young adults (19-30s) active in your Church/religious community?
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What would you like the Church to do for (or offer for) teens and young adults?
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What are the most effective ways that churches can engage and invite young people who are not frequent participants?
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What are the challenges that churches face in engaging and inviting young people who are not frequent participants?
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Have you personally discussed vocations to the priesthood or religious life with a young person?
In the last year, how many young people (ages 16-30s) did you regularly engage in direct mentoring or guidance?
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How would you describe most of your guidance (spiritual direction, regular confession, counseling, mentoring, casual conversation, etc.)?
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Do you feel like the Catholic Church is good at listening to teens and young adults?
How does your Parish listen to young people?
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How many young people (ages 16 - 30s) are on your Parish Council, Finance Council or equivalent ministry teams?
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How would you like young people to become more involved in your parish?
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What programs or resources are in place to help young people discern major life decisions?
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What can the Church do to assist young people in discerning major life decisions (moral choices, college selection, career, Vocations, etc.)?
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What can families do to assist young people in discerning major life decisions (moral choices, college selection, career, Vocations, etc.)?
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What can schools and other communities do to assist young people in discerning major life decisions (moral choices, college selection, career, Vocations, etc.)?
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What are some ways you would suggest that Churches can reach out more to young people who are not actively involved?
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What are some ways that Churches can assist families more as they nurture the faith life of their young person(s)?
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How has your ministry with young people taken into account the cultural changes of the digital world?
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How does your community care for young people who experience extreme violence and accompany them in various ways in their lives?
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In a secularized world, what pastoral activities are most effective for continuing the journey of faith after the Sacraments of Christian Initiation?
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If your parish/school/community has a pastoral activity in accompaniment and vocational discernment with young people (ages 16 - 30s) that you would like to highlight for the diocese, please describe it briefly below and include your email address for further discussion.
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What programs or resources would you like the diocese to provide for parishes to help young people discern major life decisions?
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What one thing would you want to share with Pope Francis?
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