The XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” Preparatory Document names the priority that “…the Church wants again to state her desire to encounter, accompany, and care for every young person, without exception.” (Synod Preparatory Document,Part II, Introduction)

Furthermore it challenges the entire church to remember, “In the task of accompanying the younger generations, the Church accepts her call to collaboration in the joy of young people… Such a service is ultimately founded in prayer and in asking for the gift of the Spirit, Who guides and enlightens each and every one.”  (Synod Preparatory Document,Part II, Section 4)

The hope of this National Dialogue echoes the hope of the V Encuentro process that “all Catholic leaders in the United States…become authentic and joyful missionary disciples by giving witness to God’s love with a prophetic voice.” (Introduction, V Encuentro Guide)

In light of this priority, challenge, and hope, a national collaborative effort has begin between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed), and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) to engage the church in a National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community.