News from Around:
MEXICO CITY — Less than one in three Mexican youth consider themselves close to the Church, with almost 80% saying they know "little, some, or nothing" about it. The poll showed 73% of young people perceive themselves as "critical" and "indifferent" to the Church, as opposed to 28% who consider themselves "close" to the Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to reign in the hearts of Mexican youth, with 44% of young people even carrying an image of her.
The young people SAINT LOUS, MO — Monsignor Louis F. Meyer, who helped build the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council, died Saturday morning from complications after a heart attack. Known as "the Soccer Priest" for his athletic prowess and passion for involving youth in sports, he served as associate director of the CYC from 1947 to 1960 and director from 1960 to 1978. Read the obit of a priest for young people from the Post-Dispatch.
News from ‘Round Here:
Nothing overly significant in the earlier part of the week- either some great quiet time at home or solid time at my desk, planning with the team or writing and organizing stuff. On Wednesday, I sat in for my boss on the Archbishop’s Council, and, while that likely may sound exciting, it was just like any other staff meeting or parish council. Then I was up to the Msgr. O’Dwyer Youth Retreat House for a regular check-in. Back at the office, I was surprised to catch youngest daughter on a SKYPE call… from Italy. She’s touring with a college class.
Thursday brought planning meetings related to Western Maryland, a sit in on a hiring interview, a lunch with staff to celebrate Georgina’s Birthday, and a dinner with more staff to celebrate the sabbatical departure of one of our staff.
On Friday, the Association of Professional Youth Ministers had a wonderful Play-and-Pray day. (My team won the around town scavenger hunt.) and a lovely guest came for a visit. Saturday saw the graduation celebration of Dr. Kristin Witte upon the completion of her D.Min.
By the end of the week, I was partied out!