Young Adults in the 21st Century

Coming October 13..

First in a series on Young Adults in the 21st Century 

The Challenge of Retaining Active Catholics:

'Deconversion' Among Younger and Older Adults Today

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth

                                    9am                            Gathering, coffee and…

                                    9:30am-12:30pm      Program 

In recent years, studies have shown that the Catholic Church faces a substantial challenge in retaining young adults as well as older adults.  Many are only marginally affiliated, and many leave altogether.  The process of leaving involvement in a faith tradition is called 'deconversion,' and it is a new field of study in theology today.  Professor Tom Beaudoin will lead us in a consideration of what deconversion is and what it means for Catholic ministry and theology today.


Dr. Tom Beaudoin earned his Ph.D. at Boston College in 2001, and is associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University in New York City, where he teaches courses in practice-based theologies. His research explores the relationship between secular and spiritual practices. He is the author of three books, most recently Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian (Orbis, 2008), and many chapters, essays, and articles on theology and culture. He is presently editing a book on theology and popular music generated by the Rock and Theology Project.


Cost:  $35.00


Questions?        Call (973) 290-4491 or email


Presented by the Center for Ministry and Spirituality

DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry, College of Saint Elizabeth


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October 13, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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College of Saint Elizabeth
Center for Theological & Spiritual Development
2 Convent Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

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