Statistics show that the majority of adults who leave the Church do so between the ages of 18 and 23. There have been numerous studies on why adults are leaving the Church and where there are going. Two of the biggest reasons cited were “I don’t feel a part of the community” or “My needs were not being met.”CONNected Catholics is an outreach ministry of the Diocese of Bridgeport in response to this challenge.
CONNected Catholics seeks to accompany young adults on their journey of faith in hopes of keeping them connected to the Church or reconnecting those who have fallen away. Pope Francis has talked a lot recently about the “art of accompaniment.” Accompaniment is simply walking with someone on their journey of faith; talking to them, supporting them, and answering their questions. We should all have companions on our journey of faith.
Young Adults are defined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as those between the ages of 18-35. The challenge is that within that group there are several different populations with diverse needs: college age individuals, single working professionals, married couples, and families. There is a desire for all of these groups to feel welcomed and find a spiritual home in the Diocese of Bridgeport.