“Young people have in a special way the task of witnessing today to the faith; the commitment to bring the Gospel of Christ - the Way, the Truth and the Life - into the third Christian Millennium, to build a new civilisation - a civilisation of love, of justice and of peace."
-- Pope St. John Paul II, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1989
An important dimension of Lumen Civitatis' mission to evangelize the culture is our commitment, informed by recent papal calls for a New Evangelization and by Catholic Social Doctrine, to help cultivate a new generation of leaders for the city, particularly among university students and those seeking to put their talents and resources at the service of the common good.
Lumen Civitatis helps to cultivate leaders among university students by supporting efforts in campus ministry, undergraduate and graduate level courses in Catholic Studies, and guest speakers and discussions on university campuses.
I think in particular of our need to speak to the hearts of young people, who, despite constant exposure to messages contrary to the Gospel, continue to thirst for authenticity, goodness, and truth. Much remains to be done, particularly on the level of preaching and catechesis in parishes and schools, if the new evangelization is to bear fruit for the renewal of ecclesial life in America.
-- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, meeting with US Bishops, April 16, 2008
In January 2015, Lumen Civitatis funded scholarships for 25 students from the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Christian Brothers University to attend SEEK2015, a Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) leadership conference, where the students worshipped, learned, and fellowshiped with about ten thousand other Catholic university students from around the United States.
Lumen Civitatis, in collaboration with the Diocese of Memphis, has spearheaded the effort to bring FOCUS to the University of Memphis. Three FOCUS missionaries arrived in August 2015 to begin their ministry among the students, and a fourth missionary will join them in early 2016.