The statistics are sobering. Fifty percent of Catholics 30 years old and younger have left the Church.
“Half the kids that we baptized and confirmed in the last 30 years are now ex-Catholics or unaffiliated,” said Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, who is known for his website, “Word on Fire.” “One out of six millennials in the U.S. is now a former Catholic.”
But all hope is not lost. Church leaders around the state nominated young adults in the Diocese of Little Rock who are an inspiration to those in the pews. We interviewed millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and Generation Z (born 1997 and later) to let them share their stories of faith and following God’s call. They work in our schools, parishes and ministries full time, part time or even as volunteers. Most are single, but some are married or have children.
For these profiles, we focused on Catholics 18 to 30 years old (born 1989 to 2001).
Aprille Hanson, Dwain Hebda, Alesia Schaefer, James Keary and Maryanne Meyerriecks contributed profiles in this section.(August 23, 2019)
A new year of learning begins and Catholic schools are doing everything from introducing a new character-driven curriculum to providing breakfast to students who need it. There are new principals, a building project and achievements to celebrate. All of this and more can be found in Catholic Schools Herald, supplement to Arkansas Catholic, Aug. 17, 2019.(August 14, 2019)
Seniors from the five Catholic high schools in Arkansas became 372 graduates getting diplomas this spring. Meet a few extraordinary young people in this section from Arkansas Catholic's May 25, 2019 issue.(May 24, 2019)
The Diocese of Little Rock is welcoming two new priests this year -- Father Martín Amaro, who was ordained on May 11, and Deacon Jon Miskin, who will be ordained May 25. In this section, you'll learn more about their journey to the priesthood, as well as an in-depth look at how millenial priests minister differently in today's society.(May 16, 2019)
As the school year winds down, school counselors look back on the work they've achieved this year with students that come to them for help. Some principals and educators are about to earn a master's degree, while the Catholic schools superintendent says goodbye to a beloved school in Little Rock.(May 3, 2019)