Crisis and Opportunity  on College Campuses Jason Simon, Executive Director   www.evangelicalcatholic.org
A Real-Life Story of Conversion
The Crisis <ul><li>UCLA’s 2004-2007 Study:  Spirituality in Higher Education </li></ul>Percentage Frequently Attending Rel...
The Crisis <ul><li>UCLA’s study found that: </li></ul><ul><li>Students say they are becoming  </li></ul><ul><li>less relig...
YET… <ul><li>“ my life is filled with stress and anxiety” </li></ul><ul><li>Increased 16% </li></ul><ul><li>“ overwhelmed ...
The Crisis <ul><li>Pre-Vatican II Generation Catholics (66+ yrs old in 2008) attend Mass once a week  </li></ul><ul><li>45...
The Crisis <ul><li>Roughly 10% of Americans are former Catholics (2008 PEW “Religious Landscape Survey”) </li></ul><ul><li...
The Crisis <ul><li>91% of the Millennial Generation Catholic men have never considered becoming a priest (2008 CARA Study)...
The Opportunity <ul><li>INVOLVED IN PARISH OUTSIDE OF MASS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended a Catholic College and took part...
Most likely to receive ashes and abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent? <ul><li>18 to 26 year olds that attend Mass fre...
Among Catholics who attend Mass at least once a month, who is most likely to agree that Jesus is really present in the Euc...
The Opportunity <ul><li>WEEKLY MASS ATTENDANCE </li></ul>CARA Campus Ministry Impact Study <ul><ul><li>Attended a non-Cath...
The Opportunity <ul><li>CATHOLIC FAITH AMONG THE MOST  </li></ul><ul><li>IMPORTANT PARTS OF DAILY LIFE </li></ul><ul><ul><...
What Students Don’t Want <ul><li>A Formula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too simplistic and absolute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Ins...
What Students Do Want <ul><li>Authentic Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning & Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul...
Is the Catholic Church in Trouble? <ul><li>Authentic Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </l...
Isn’t the Catholic Church in Trouble?  NO! <ul><li>Pope Benedict XVI in the opening paragraph of Deus Caritas Est: </li></...
 
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College years represent some of the most difficult, but promising years of spiritual search for individuals. This presentation uses sociological data to show both the current crisis and opportunity of these years for the Catholic faith.

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  • Crisis And Opportunity On College Campuses

    1. 1. Crisis and Opportunity on College Campuses Jason Simon, Executive Director www.evangelicalcatholic.org
    2. 2. A Real-Life Story of Conversion
    3. 3. The Crisis <ul><li>UCLA’s 2004-2007 Study: Spirituality in Higher Education </li></ul>Percentage Frequently Attending Religious Services Freshman: 43.7% Juniors: 25.4% Almost 1 in 5 stop attending church.
    4. 4. The Crisis <ul><li>UCLA’s study found that: </li></ul><ul><li>Students say they are becoming </li></ul><ul><li>less religious and more spiritual </li></ul>
    5. 5. YET… <ul><li>“ my life is filled with stress and anxiety” </li></ul><ul><li>Increased 16% </li></ul><ul><li>“ overwhelmed by everything I have to do” </li></ul><ul><li>Increased 14% </li></ul><ul><li>“ depressed” </li></ul><ul><li>Increased 3% </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Crisis <ul><li>Pre-Vatican II Generation Catholics (66+ yrs old in 2008) attend Mass once a week </li></ul><ul><li>45% </li></ul><ul><li>Millennial Generation Catholics (18 to 26 yr old) attend Mass once a week </li></ul><ul><li>18% </li></ul>Georgetown’s CARA Study: Sacraments Today (2008)
    7. 7. The Crisis <ul><li>Roughly 10% of Americans are former Catholics (2008 PEW “Religious Landscape Survey”) </li></ul><ul><li>36% of former Catholics say they stopped thinking of themselves as Catholic between the ages of 18 and 29. (CARA 2008) </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Crisis <ul><li>91% of the Millennial Generation Catholic men have never considered becoming a priest (2008 CARA Study). </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Opportunity <ul><li>INVOLVED IN PARISH OUTSIDE OF MASS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended a Catholic College and took part in the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) – 31% VERY INVOLVED </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic College but NO CCM – 14% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Catholic College but CCM – 72% at least a little </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Catholic College and CCM – 54% at least a little </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Most likely to receive ashes and abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent? <ul><li>18 to 26 year olds that attend Mass frequently </li></ul>
    11. 11. Among Catholics who attend Mass at least once a month, who is most likely to agree that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist? <ul><li>Pre-Vatican II Catholics (66+ Years) </li></ul><ul><li>Vatican II Catholics (48 to 65 Years) </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Vatican II Catholics (27 to 48 Years) </li></ul><ul><li>Millennial Catholics (18 to 26 Years) </li></ul>– 85% – 86%
    12. 12. The Opportunity <ul><li>WEEKLY MASS ATTENDANCE </li></ul>CARA Campus Ministry Impact Study <ul><ul><li>Attended a non-Catholic College but participated in the Catholic Campus Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 48% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended non-Catholic College and did not participate in the Catholic Campus Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. The Opportunity <ul><li>CATHOLIC FAITH AMONG THE MOST </li></ul><ul><li>IMPORTANT PARTS OF DAILY LIFE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended a Catholic College and participated in the Catholic Campus Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended a Catholic College but did not participate in the Catholic Campus Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52% </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. What Students Don’t Want <ul><li>A Formula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too simplistic and absolute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer to float rather than identify </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Rescue Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t fear hell </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. What Students Do Want <ul><li>Authentic Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning & Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pope Paul VI, “need witnesses not teachers” </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Is the Catholic Church in Trouble? <ul><li>Authentic Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>A Formula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too simplistic and absolute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer to float rather than identify </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Rescue Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t fear hell </li></ul></ul>They want… They don’t want…
    17. 17. Isn’t the Catholic Church in Trouble? NO! <ul><li>Pope Benedict XVI in the opening paragraph of Deus Caritas Est: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction (1).” </li></ul><ul><li>The Church needs to focus on facilitating this encounter with Christ through authentic, loving relationships that draw people to Christ in both Word and Sacrament. </li></ul>

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