The Kenelm Youth Trust and the Vocations Department have been working closely together for the last two years on the Papal Synod; ‘The Faith, Young People and Vocational Discernment’.
In response to the global conversation the Church initiated for the Synod we began a process of listening exercises and dialogue within our Catholic schools, universities, parishes and ecumenically within the City of Birmingham. We were keen to enter the voice of our young people into that global conversation and we spoke to 1000 young people who were aged between 13 and 25 years and though from within our Catholic schools were from all faiths and none. A thousand young people had the opportunity to join an open conversation and share their experiences and views on faith and vocational discernment in the context of their own circumstances and culture. We asked a series of questions based on the initial document from Pope Francis introducing the Synod. The results we collated into what has become a living document that records not only the voice of our young people but also our strategies and projects for development based on that voice and the Papal Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’.
Please find below a series of reports and research around the synod documenting the voices of young people and the responses to the conversation:
‘The Voice of young people from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham 2018’ - Archdiocese of Birmingham
SYNOD Video - Archdiocese of Birmingham video capturing the voice of young people and the Synod Journey.
Complex Catholicism - The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation in England and Wales commissioned SYNOD research project
The Brightlights Report - by Danny Curtin
Pope Francis' letter to young people
SYNOD Final Document
Christus Vivit - The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis to young people and to the entire people of God.