Three major goals guide and direct efforts in youth faith formation: i) invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life; ii) promote and support active membership in the Christian community; and iii) call and prepare young to act as disciples in mission to the world.
1. Inviting and Enabling Ongoing Conversion to Jesus through Holiness of Life
In response to God’s call to holiness, our faith and life as disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus, the Holy One of God (Jn. 6:69, Mk. 1:24). Accordingly, “at the heart of faith formation we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. Faith formation aims at putting people in communion with Jesus Christ.”
2. Promoting and Supporting Active Membership in the Christian Community
Faith formation helps young to make a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian community, accepting co-responsibility for the community’s mission and internal life. Youngsters not only receive the ministries of the Christian community, they also contribute to its life and mission through the generous stewardship of their gifts.
3. Preparing the Young to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World
The Church and its young youth faithful have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform the social and temporal order. This dual calling to evangelization and justice is integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each young believer become more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world. As salt of the earth and light for the world (Mt. 5:13-16), young adult disciples give witness to God’s love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.