My time was further blessed by the availability of daily morning Mass nearby celebrated in a small parish worshipping community. A visiting priest from Nigeria offered short but intensely meaningful homilies so in tune with Redemptoristine spirituality that he became my retreat director without knowing it. I was in awe.
85% believe hat a religious vocation is a good thing
70% report that family never encouraged religious vocation and that friends are not supportive
9% believe that the Church tries to understand this group (young adults)
72% say they have never been approached to consider a religious vocation
89% say they have never participated in a recruitment program
Among all of the startling revelations about the ramifications of the digital revolution and the exponential increase in available information presented by Sr. Rose, came the following:
Current learners will have held 10 to 14 different jobs by the time they reach the age of 38 years.
Embedded in her PowerPoint presentation was Shift Happens, a six and a half minute presentation available on the Internet which shows how societal, cultural and intellectual shift (that is, change) is inevitable. Therefore we are preparing people for jobs, problems, situations, and cultural developments that are not even on the radar screen at this moment.
Among the Recommendations of the Speakers
* Communities need to ask themselves: Why do we want vocations? To have more workers; because we want to feel good; because the charism should survive, because we have something to offer?
* This is a moment for communal self-examination of the way we live our lives as consecrated religious.
* Reach out by every means possible to this generation in their milieu and their culture.