Enhancing confirmation programs


By Celine Klosterman

Mike Carotta

An author and speaker who has worked with adolescents for more than 30 years will visit Iowa City on May 4 to explain the Confirmation Prep Project, a national effort to enhance youths’ confirmation experience.
At St. Patrick Church, Michael Carotta will speak to catechists about research showing that Catholics participate less in Church life after high school and will suggest ways to “put a spark in confirmation programs,” Mary Wieser said. She is director of faith formation for the Diocese of Davenport.
Carotta has written that 20 percent of Catholic youths who affiliate with the Church in high school stop affiliating in college, and 66 percent of Catholic youths never read the Bible after high school (50 percent never read it while in high school).

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