Last fall, Pope Francis called for a synod in Rome. The theme: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The Pope, along with bishops and young people, spent a month sharing stories, listening to each other, and discussing the most pressing issues young people are facing today, globally. The Synod used the model of Christ walking with disciples on the road to Emmaus after the Resurrection: each person listened to the other, they recognized Christ working in their lives, and they were sent off on their Mission.

After the final document was shared, Pope Francis wrote a post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, or, Christ is Alive! Pope Francis reflected upon his time at the synod, what he heard and observed, and shared advice for how the Church can help young people realize they, too, are co-responsible for the work of the Church. Pope Francis also reminded all that the Church is a family of believers, each needing the other. Young people can learn so much from older generations. Older generations can be inspired by the joy and hope of young people.

The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Gary, along with St. Matthias Parish, invited the diocese to attend “Christus Vivit: Christ is Alive!” on Monday, November 25.

Our discussion was led by Paul and Sarah Jarzembowski. Paul Jarzembowski works at the USCCB with Youth and Young Adult Ministries under the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Paul helped organize and was part of the USA delegation that attended the Vatican Synod in Rome last October and part of the post-synod events. Sarah Jarzembowski is the Coordinator for College Campus and Young Adult Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She has worked as an advocate for young people throughout the country. We are so excited to bring their wisdom and observations from the synod and from Pope Francis’ Christus Vivit to Northwest Indiana.

This video presentation is perfect for:

  • people who work with teenagers.
  • those who minister to young adults
  • teenagers and young adults
  • priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters
  • someone who is is a member of any age at a parish
  • those who want to know how to incorporate young adults into their ministry
  • people who are passionate about sharing in the ministry of the Church with others

For more information about how Christus Vivit can help your parish, contact Vicky Hathaway at or 219-769-9292 ext. 229