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Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
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Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
Jesuit Area Day   Vocation Promotion V2
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Jesuit Area Day Vocation Promotion V2

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An intro/overview of Millennials and GenX for Chicago Area Jesuits for "Vocation Promotion" training, November 10, 2007

An intro/overview of Millennials and GenX for Chicago Area Jesuits for "Vocation Promotion" training, November 10, 2007

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    • 1. Ignatian Spirituality for those in their 20’s and 30’s
    • 2. Charis Ministries <ul><li>An Apostolic Work of the Chicago Province of the Jesuits since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Engaging the Whole Person” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemplation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Serving Men &amp; Women </li></ul><ul><li> in their 20’s and 30’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Millennial (~1977-1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gen X (~1965-1976) </li></ul></ul>
    • 3. My Ignatian History…
    • 4. The Odyssey Years <ul><li>Generation X (~1965-1976) </li></ul><ul><li>37 Million </li></ul><ul><li>World Events </li></ul><ul><li>None! Not to the same degree as other generations </li></ul><ul><li>Berlin Wall </li></ul><ul><li>Challenger explosion </li></ul><ul><li>Tiananmen square </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Events </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce 45% in single family home </li></ul><ul><li>Latchkey kids/two-job families </li></ul><ul><li>Suspicious of institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Community as central longing </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual, but not religious- even the religious </li></ul><ul><li>Only 31% feel they belong to a distinct generation. </li></ul><ul><li>Echo-Boomer ’77, Millennial ’82 </li></ul><ul><li>80 Million </li></ul><ul><li>World Events </li></ul><ul><li>9-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Columbine </li></ul><ul><li>Tsunami/Katrina </li></ul><ul><li>Security and individualism </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Events </li></ul><ul><li>Most watched over generation </li></ul><ul><li>Accept authority </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload-quick answers, media saturation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Contemporary Traditionalists” &amp; mild fundamentalism </li></ul>
    • 5. Commitment Index Millennial Post Vatican II Vatican II Gen Y Gen X Boomers High 0% 17% 20% Med 73% 67% 67% Low 27% 16% 13% from American Catholics: Their Faith, Their Church, 2006 Ask yourself, Who are YOU? And how do you understand your Catholic Identity?
    • 6. “ The Emergence of Contemporary Traditionalists” by David Whalen, OSFS (Review for Religious, N/D2002) <ul><li>University educated, Many pursuing graduate studies </li></ul><ul><li>World of cyberspace and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Daily news from Internet (esp. blogs) vs. print or TV </li></ul><ul><li>Apolitical AND interested in social causes, volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional theological positions with “notwithstanding” clauses </li></ul><ul><li>Not “cafeteria Catholics” but have “interim theology” i.e., willing to wait, confident that change will eventually come </li></ul><ul><li>Theologically illiterate AND searching for a genuine Christian &amp; Catholic spirituality </li></ul><ul><li>Their gift to the Church: </li></ul><ul><li>seeing “old things” with </li></ul><ul><li>new eyes and fresh energy </li></ul>
    • 7. Why Ignatian Spirituality? see Timothy P. Muldoon, SJ ( America , Vol. 184. No. 6, 2/26/01) <ul><li>Practical: Its Available! At schools, parishes, &amp; ministries, Jesuits have lots of practice with, and opportunity for, engaging “young people” </li></ul><ul><li>Theological: Ignatian emphasis on an on-going dialogue with God is consistent with the dynamic approach they have already discovered </li></ul>
    • 8. For more information contact: Jenéne M. Francis Associate Director 773-508-2840 [email_address] Visit us on the web: www.charisministries.org Questions?

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