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Sons and Daughters of Light


A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults

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Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Preface: A Message to Young Adults
  3. Introduction
    • Why We Are Issuing This Plan
    • The Audience for the Pastoral Plan
  4. Part One: The Young Adult
    • Who are Young Adults?
    • Tasks of Young Adulthood
      • Developing Personal Identity
      • Developing Relationships
      • Developing a Meaning of Work
      • Developing a Spiritual Life
  5. Part Two: The Vision of Faith
    • Accepting God's Invitation
    • The Call to Holiness--Growing in Jesus Christ
    • The Call to Community--Nourishing Faith
    • The Call to Service--Living Faith in the World
  6. Part Three: A Plan for Ministry
  7. Part Four: The Campus, the Diocese and Catholic Organizations
    • Campus Ministry Centers
    • Diocesan Strategies
    • Catholic Organizations and Movements
  8. Part Five: Implementation of the Pastoral Plan
    • Getting Started
  9. A Final Prayer
  10. Resources
  11. Notes

Young family sits on the steps together. In November 1993 the general membership of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops authorized the bishops' Committee on the Laity to develop a national plan for pastoral ministry to and with young adults.

After wide consultation with dioceses, national organizations, and young adults themselves, the Committee on the Laity submitted the final draft to the plenary assembly of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults was approved on November 12, 1996, and is hereby authorized for publication by the undersigned.

Monsignor Dennis M. Schnurr, General Secretary, NCCB/USCC

First Printing, January 1997
Third Printing, September 1999

Scriptural excerpts from the New American Bible used with permission of the copyright holder, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, copyright © 1970, 1986, 1991. All rights reserved.

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