CLCs build young adult community in archdiocese

At the college level, finding a community of people with similar interests can seem like an easy task. In the real world, however, it isn’t always that easy. The desire for community expands rapidly as New Orleans’ young adults struggle to find a place for them to live and grow in the Catholic faith.

Rachel Longest, archdiocesan young adult ministry coordinator, and Laura Quigley, associate chaplain at Loyola University New Orleans, have teamed up to form Christian Life Communities (CLCs) throughout the archdiocese for young adults graduated from college. Already in place at Loyola and Jesuit universities across the country, CLCs consist of groups of six to 10 people and are founded in Ignatian spirituality, grounded in each individual’s own experience and finding God in all things.

“The idea is to engage in discernment together, reflecting on where to find God in your life, so that you can really fulfill God’s mission,” Quigley said.

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Difficult times weigh on college graduates’ choices

Economic turmoil. Mortgage crisis. Government bailouts. Foreclosure. Unemployment. The list can go on as the frustration and failure seemingly mounts. Does this sound familiar? People see and hear these phrases and terms everyday, while recent graduates and young adults feel the pressure and tension associated with such negativity in the economy.

It almost seems as though we’ve grown callous to such news, as though we’ve been sensitized to hearing the same downfalls reported day after day. Yet, these are the realities that college graduates and young adults across the nation are facing as they attempt to embark on careers and life-changes. And now, among the negativity, reporters are focusing on why college is not worth it anymore.

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