Who is Generation Y?Generation Y includes those people born between 1980 and 1994. Basically, the age range is from age 24 to about 38. I recently hosted a webinar for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation on the topic of making outreach to those away from the faith in young to mid-adulthood. It was an interesting meeting, and I learned a lot about how, as Catholics, we can make a connection to people in this age group who may be searching for meaning.
Characteristics of Gen YSome of the basic characteristics of this generation are as follows:
- Craves attention
- Prone to job hopping
- Like to be loved
Ways To Evangelize Gen YThe webinar yielded many takeaways from this night of fellowship and brainstorming to make outreach to Gen Y for our Catholic Faith. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Catholic church groups for young adults
- Social-media groups for Catholic millennials
- Legion of Mary
- Charismatic Prayer Groups
- Invitations to archdiocesan/diocesan events for young adults
- Rosary groups
- Pro-life missions/outreach
- Individual outreach is most effective
Prayer is Most ImportantA Daily Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy or a daily Mass offered for a Gen Y friend or family member is most important. Make it a habit to pray for your friend. Don't give up. God will make a way for your friend to come back to the faith in his time. Just be patient.
Copyright 2018 Anne DeSantis
About the Author
Anne DeSantis is a Catholic wife and mother of two grown daughters. She has written for CatholicMom since 2016. She is the director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, with outreach to families affected by divorce and separation. Anne is a 55+ model/actress and the Host of the on-line TV show "The Positive Side on RVNTV." Learn more about her work at AnneDeSantis.com.