The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY) is hosting an online leadership conference December 7-11. The 2020 National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults is coordinated by the LMFLY secretariat’s National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry and will share best practices and introduce skills to better equip those who minister to young adults (ages 18-39) in the Catholic Church.

The forum planners used Pope Francis’ 2019 apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit, and his 2020 message to young people as guideposts for this event, taking into account the urgent need for Catholics to take bold, creative, and innovative steps to accompany young adults in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The event is being held under the banner of “Arise!” which Pope Francis noted, in his annual message for World Youth Day in February 2020, was “an invitation to ‘dream’, to ‘take a risk’, to be ‘committed to changing the world’, to rekindle your hopes and aspirations, and to contemplate the heavens, the stars and the world around you.”

“While much seems dark and uncertain at this time, the Forum organizers see opportunities for a positive, hope-filled approach to the Church’s engagement of young adults,” said Mr. Dominic Lombardi, executive director for the LMFLY secretariat. “Rather than frustration, now is the time to rise to the occasion, to be bold, and to try something new and exciting.”

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