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On Aug. 1-3, 2014, 9 persons: young adult companions, 2 vocation directors, a companion council member, and a companion inquirer gathered with Fr. David Matz, CPPS for a weekend of prayer and discernment. The hope was to develop objectives helping current companions to invite young adults to consider a call to become companions. The following objectives were discerned and suggested to the Companions Council.
1. Recognizing the value of intergenerational relationships, we recommend journey partners as a part of formation for Companions, so that both inquirer and journey partner may experience a deeper understanding of Precious Blood spirituality, community and mission.
2. Recognizing that we want to increase involvement of your adults and that the nature of invitation according to our guidelines has evolved, we recommend that we cast our nets widely and are overly generous in our invitation to young adults by:
a. Allowing new companion groups to be formed by a Companions without a community sponsor.
b. Offering more frequent information meetings and follow-up activities.
c. Collaborate with existing Precious Blood ministries to be more intentionally inclusive of young adults ( i.e. community, companions discernment retreats, volunteer program, etc.).
3. Valuing intergenerational relationships, young adults long for connecting and belonging especially as part of their ongoing faith journey. Young adults find purpose and strength through sharing their gifts. Companions, committed to ever-widening circles, must include people of all generations. Over the next year, we ask the Companion Council and Co-directors to:
a. Educate themselves regarding the culture of young adults.
b. Foster dialogue among the conveners and groups regarding how to educated themselves about the culture of young adults.
c. Develop and encourage a “wide net” invitational process for use.
Fr. David Matz, CPPS