The National Dialogue

Read the 2021 National Dialogue Final Report

The National Dialogue was 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, was designed to Unify, Engage, and Mobilize the faithful in bringing different models, approaches, movements, and ministerial contexts together.

Learn more about the process and findings on the website of The National Dialogue


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.