Synod on Youth Faith & Discernment

Compass ‘School of Discernment’ for young adults – July 2019


We’re all thinking more about the importance of discernment since the Synod, and this summer, Compass is leading a summer school from Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2019, to help young Catholic adults find their true path to living life joyfully and faithfully.

The event will be held at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, and it’s open to people aged 18-35. The cost for full board for the five day event is £150, and bursaries are available.

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News from the CYMFED Synod Gathering: Rome


Forty Catholic Youth Ministry Federation members and colleagues from England & Wales have gathered at the Casa Bonus Pastor in Rome for a conference and retreat coinciding with Synod 2018. CYMFed members fill us in on what’s happening:

On 16th October, Fr Dominic Howarth opened proceedings by celebrating Mass at the Casa Bonus Pastor with the whole group.

The first speaker was Mr Paul Jarzembowski, an assistant to the US Bishops at the Synod. Paul spoke about the experience so far at the Synod, and how among other things, the ‘sacred middle space’, ie, the ‘wise and generous guides’ are hugely important to young people today. He noted four key trends experienced in the US today; Read more

BBC to broadcast #Synod2018 panel discussion with young people

Next week, the BBC World Service will be in Rome to record a special broadcast for its documentary series, Heart and Soul. The programme, Heart and Soul Gathering, will feature a panel of young people talking about what they want from our Church, and will be recorded with a live audience. (Tickets are free but you need to register) Read more

Youth Workers- meet the Synod Fathers on 18th July

In preparation for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, the Home Mission office is inviting all who work with young people in a Catholic context to meet with the Synod Fathers, explore the working document and share your experiences so that we can better accompany young people, particularly in their vocational discernment. Read more

Working document for Synod2018 presented

The “Instrumentum Laboris”, the working document for October’s Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, was presented this week at a press conference in Rome, by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Read more

‘Complex Catholicism’ report offers valuable insights for youth workers

Bishop Hudson with Camino House team, Stephen Davies, Danny Curtin
and Matthew van Duyvenbode

Over 70 representatives from Catholic youth organisations and religious orders attended the launch this week of ‘Complex Catholicism’, an new study from the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and strategy consultancy Camino House, into the shifting dynamics in the faith and life of Catholic young adults in England and Wales. Bishop Nicholas Hudson was present at the event at Romero House, Southwark, representing Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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What did young people say at the Pre-synodal meeting in Rome?

The final document produced from listening to young people at the pre-synodal meeting in Rome from 19th – 24th March 2018, was presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, and has been published by the Vatican. The meeting was attended by more than 300 young people from all over the world, and a further 15,000 took part online through the Facebook groups set up for the event. It is a fascinating document, which gives the Bishops plenty of insight into the realities of life, faith and vocational discernment for young people today. You can read it in full here, but for now, here are a couple of extracts:


It is important at the outset to clarify the parameters of this document. It is neither to compose a theological treatise, nor is it to establish new Church teaching. Rather, it is a statement reflecting the specific realities, personalities, beliefs and experiences of the young people of the world. This document is destined for the Synodal Fathers. This is to give the Bishops a compass, pointing towards a clearer understanding of young people: a navigational aid for the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018. It is important that these experiences be viewed and understood according to the various contexts in which young people are situated.

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16-29? Be part of #synod2018 on social media now!

From 19 – 24 March, around 300 young people representing the youth of the world are attending a Vatican meeting to set out the views of young people for #Synod 2018. Their input will be presented to the Pope on Palm Sunday, the 33rd World Youth Day.

The Holy Father wants as many young people as possible to be heard, so a team of young people working with the Vatican is encouraging everyone aged 16-29 to participate in these pre-synodal discussions by social media. Read more