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Going, Going, Gone... Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

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Saint Michaels Catholic Church

1125 Saint Michaels Road

Mount Airy, MD 21771

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Going, Going, Gone … the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

Saint Mary’s Press recently conducted extensive research with young Catholics who have left the Church. This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, vocational discernment, and pastoral ministry. We will hear about these issues from young adults, having taped their own stories. And we will also propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community and consider possible outreach and invitation strategies for the unchurched.


Presented by: Bob McCarty, D.Min.

Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as chair of the board at Saint Mary’s Press and he is the project coordinator for their research project on disaffiliated young Catholics.

Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. Bob has a BS in Sociology/Theology from St. Joseph’s University, an MA in Religious Education from LaSalle University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Bob is adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America, The University of Dallas, and at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and grandparenting!

The schedule of the day is as follows:

9:00 Optional Mass (this is the daily Mass of the parish)- located in the white church across the street

9:45 Fellowship and Prayer

10:15 Presentation by Dr. Bob McCarty

11:45 Break and Looking ahead

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Worship

12:45 Presentation by Dr. Bob McCarty

2:15 Break

2:30 Adoration




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