The National Dialogue

The National Dialogue is a collaborative effort to engage the Church in a national discussion on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community.

This three-year effort, 2017-2020, is designed to Unify, Engage, and Mobilize the faithful in bringing different models, approaches, movements, and ministerial contexts together.

This affords an opportunity throughout the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to advocate for the particular pastoral needs and challenges of youth and young adults in military settings. The XV Ordinary Synod on Young People and the V Encuentro are already considering the unique needs of those in the military and their families.

The Engage phase of the initiative takes place throughout the year form July 2018 to June 2019. Watch the National Dialogue website to learn more about contributing prayer and insights to this process.

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The vision of this initiative is an energized and unified Church committed to
forming and engaging youth and young adults as missionary disciples.


  • To achieve the stated vision, the National Dialogue will bring together diverse voices of youth,   young adults, parents, ministry leaders, religious, pastors, and bishops in this national conversation. A key focus of the National Dialogue is the understanding that young people are also agents of ministry.
  • To include different models, approaches, movements, and ministerial contexts involved in ministry to young Catholics, such as those in youth, campus, and young adult ministries; pastoral juvenil hispana and other ethnic ministries; religious communities and institutes; educational institutions; national organizations and networks; lay ecclesial movements; among others.
  • To encourage, empower, and prepare the church to embrace the process and act upon the results of the XV Ordinary Synod and V Encuentro in their ministries with youth and young adults.
  • To mobilize and prepare young adults, parents, and ministry leaders with training and resources for these ministries.