The results of CYMFed’s research in ‘Detailed Typology – Mapping the Terrain: Discovering the reality of young Catholics’ provided a firm basis in the writing of a Vision Document to inspire, enthuse and equip the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CYMFed was tasked by the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales with preparing this document – ‘Called to a Noble Adventure’ – in which it acknowledges and celebrates the Church’s service to young people and the contribution of young people to the Church. It forms a framework for Catholic Youth Ministry in England and Wales and offers stimulation about how Catholic Youth Ministry can develop in the future. This document also serves to recognise the work of CYMFed as a national coordinating body, being a vision upon which CYMFed members could act in their own contexts.
It forms a framework for Catholic Youth Ministry in England and Wales and offers stimulation about how Catholic Youth Ministry can develop in the future.
There is more to come in the development of Pathways as supporting documents. “Recognising the variety of approaches and strengths that individuals and communities bring and the different needs and situations of young people themselves, there are various different pathways for our youth ministry. Some pathways we can readily identify, whilst others will emerge as contemporary culture shifts and the needs of young people and the Church develop” (Called to a Noble Adventure, n40)
In 2010, at its inaugural congress, CYMFed presented the results of research it had commissioned, into the lives of young Catholics. ‘Mapping the Terrain’ is a summary report of the key trends to emerge from this research conducted with a thousand young people. This can be downloaded for free from the resources section.
‘Detailed Typology’, accompanies this report and can be used to examine the implications of some of these trends in your local context. It can be downloaded here, or email [email protected] to order a printed copy.