Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

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Faithful invited to give input for next year’s synod on youth and vocational discernment

Pope Francis is asking for help from the faithful in the Diocese of Cleveland and other dioceses around the world.

In October 2018, Catholic bishops and young adults from all over the world will meet in Rome for a synod focusing on “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The goal of the synod is to develop a pastoral guide on how the Church is encountering young adults and how it can better help those young people to encounter Jesus.

That’s where the faithful of all ages are needed.

The Church wants to hear from you on this topic, so a survey was developed to learn from young adults and others interested in the Church. Input from people of all ages is needed to gain a full understanding of the lives of young adults and how they interact with the Church. They survey is divided into three parts: statistics, questions and sharing of practices. It can be accessed online at and is also available in Spanish.

Surveys are available for Catholic young adults, Catholic youth ages 16-19, parents and staff, non-Catholic young adults, non-Catholic youth ages 16-19 and clergy and religious. The survey is easy to complete. Just click on the box that applies to you and when the page opens, fill it out the survey. The whole process should take only a few minutes.

By completing the survey, you will have a chance to weigh in on several topics and be part of the conversation at the synod in Rome next year. Local input will be compiled and shared with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will distill the requested data for the country in preparation for the synod.

For those interested in learning more about the synod, click HERE to read the preparatory document.

Father Michael McCandless, director of the Vocation Office for the Diocese of Cleveland, is thanking the faithful in advance for completing the survey.

“Our Church loves you and needs you and is incomplete without you,” he said.


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