In the Diocese of Youngstown, a newly merged parish in Canton was designated St. Francis of Assisi Parish earlier this year. Various religious communities of women and men bearing the name of Francis have, over the decades, served Catholics in many ministries in the Franciscan spirit.
Catholics of all generations are grappling with how to preserve a sense of who they are in a culture that is predominantly secular. Many people are constructing their own religious identities based on personal preferences. So, what has contributed to this diminished sense of Catholic identity?