Rather than ask "why," Saint Meinrad is finding a solution.

A number of studies have looked at why so many young adults are not active in their parishes or involved in organized religion. Rather than continue to ask ourselves why young people leave, Saint Meinrad hopes to focus on giving them a reason to remain active in the Catholic Church and to invite their friends to join them in parish life as well.

The key aim of the Saint Meinrad Young Adult Initiative is to accompany and challenge select Catholic parishes to innovatively engage young adults, ages 23-29, both within and outside their congregations. In time, we hope those best practices will spread to other parishes in the United States.