CYMFed has produced resources and publications to support Catholic youth ministry at both local and national levels.
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.
‘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!
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 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.
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.