In a letter to the youth of the world released on January 13, Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.

“Make your voice heard,” the pope told young people. “Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.”

Before the synod convenes in October 2018, Pope Francis also released a preparatory document for the synod. The document contains preliminary questions to be answered by national conferences of bishops and other church bodies. The responses, along with input from young people themselves, will form the basis of the synod’s working document.

Bishop Felipe Estévez has formed a committee in preparation of the synod that will study the preparatory document. The committee will conduct formal and informal surveys of young people (ages 16-29) and others between now and mid-April. To take the survey, click here or the button below. (Note: This survey is only for those residing within the Diocese of St. Augustine)

Youth and young adults (ages 16-39) – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – as well as mentors of youth, such as DRE’s and youth ministers, are encouraged to take the survey. For more details, contact your parish youth minister or email Father David Ruchinski at or Robin Shipley at or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 189.