September 26, 2011

While acknowledging that their primary job is not catechesis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo urged young theologians to help educate their fellow young adults who are "hungry, starving for the word of God."

DiNardo noted that in his Galveston-Houston Archdiocese alone in the past year 2,500 people joined the Catholic Church, most of them never previously baptized; 1,370 Catholics who had been baptized and received first Communion were confirmed at Pentecost; and 500 young people showed up for a class in the Catholic faith.

"The new evangelization is what they want, and you have the expertise to unpack it for them," he told a group of nontenured faculty members in theology or religious studies departments.

"I beg you as a pastor not to lose sight of these young people who are famished."