Publications

Complex Catholicism (2018)

The Lives and Faith of Young Catholics in England and Wales today

The origins of this research date back to 2009, when a group of youth ministry practitioners commissioned a detailed study into the lives, concerns, beliefs and faith practices of young Catholics. To mark and inform the 2018 Catholic Synod for Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, elements of the original 2009 online study were tracked, updated and revised to provide a realistic and timely snapshot of contemporary young Catholics in England and Wales, as well as to provide a comparison over time.

Complex Catholicism: A Detailed Typology (2018)

Discovering the reality of young Catholics

‘A Detailed Typology’ is designed to help you apply insights from the ‘Complex Catholicism’ research. This tool describes 12 ‘types’ or characters who symbolise major groups of young people and young adults found through the research. Picturing these young people – their preferences, hopes, aspirations, beliefs and behaviours – can be a really powerful way of extending your knowledge about the young people you’re already in contact with, and expanding your horizons to encompass those you’re not in touch with yet!

Called to a Noble Adventure (2012)

A  vision for Catholic youth ministry in England and Wales

This document was produced after the visit of Pope Benedict to the UK in 2010. Pope Benedict’s visit and his meetings with young people at St Mary’s Twickenham, Westminster Cathedral Piazza and then at the vigil in Hyde Park undoubtedly gave fresh impetus to Catholic youth ministry.

This document  tries to answer the question, “Is ministry to young people different from ministry to others?” And the answer has to be “yes”. The world of young people is so different in many ways from the world that adults experience, and the energy and imagination of young people demands that we try and meet their needs in energetic and imaginative ways.

Called to a Noble Adventure sets out four goals for Catholic youth ministry. This vision unites all the various expressions of our youth ministry, yet recognising that there is no one single methodology for calling, engaging and forming our young people in faith. However, the principles and goals laid out here help us to see how our youth ministry should be exercised and allow us to develop some broad ideas of what our youth ministry should look like within our particular context.

Mapping The Terrain (2009)

Discovering the reality of young Catholics

Published in 2009, Mapping The Terrain is the product of an extensive research project involving 1000 young people. This document was published very early in CYMFed’s existence. One of the key aims of CYMFed is to develop and strengthen the direction for Catholic youth ministry in England and Wales. In order to set a direction for our journey, we need to pause for a moment and get our bearings – to map the terrain of the world our young people inhabit. This research into the lives of young Catholics is a crucial element in enabling the whole Church to prayerfully consider its understanding of how we minister amongst young people.

Mapping The Terrain: Detailed Typology (2009)

This booklet goes hand in hand with ‘Mapping the terrain – discovering the reality of young Catholics’  which presents an overview of a wide ranging research project into the lives and faith of young Catholics in England and Wales in 2009. This resources produced to help youth ministers in their parishes, schools, communities, youth projects and initiatives to apply the findings of the research in their own youth ministry context.

By combining the research findings with the rich experience of youth ministers, presented here are twelve Typologies of young Catholics. Each Typology has a varying degree of engagement with the Catholic community, belief in God, and engagement with the world. Back in 2009, these Typologies helped the Catholic youth ministry community to appreciate who they were working with, and invited them to ask if there are others they could potenally reach.