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#003: From "Where?" to "Why?": Reframing the Youth Question (with Dr. Bob McCarty, featuring Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ)

Dr. Bob McCarty

Dr. Bob McCarty

Each major convention of Catholic organizations includes at least one session that address a variation of the question, "Where have the youth gone?" In today's episode, we speak with Dr. Bob McCarty about new research into the disaffiliation of young Catholics, why we are asking wrong questions, and what the take-aways are for those of us in liturgical and pastoral ministry. We also hear from Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ (1943-2014) on the dynamic importance of "the little things" in building and enriching interpersonal relationships. 



Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ (1943-2014)

Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ (1943-2014)

To attend the One Call Institute, developing the music and leadership skills of young pastoral musicians, visit our website at Apply today!

To join Dr. Bob McCarty for the first NPM Emerging Leaders Institute this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

To learn more about the project, "Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics," from St. Mary's Press, visit their Catholic research website. There you will find an executive summary of the research project, featured stories, audio and video features, and more. You can also purchase a copy of the study here.  

You can purchase Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin's books by visiting the Ave Maria Press website.

You can view a video recording of Sr. Anne Bryan's full presentation entitled "Little Things Mean a Lot," on YouTube. To learn more about the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, visit their website at

"From Ashes to the Living Font" is published by World Library Publications.

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