Can the church recruit the young?

Marketplace Contributor Aug 29, 2014
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Can the church recruit the young?

Marketplace Contributor Aug 29, 2014
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Pope Francis is attracting a lot of attention to the Catholic church, but the church has a recruiting problem. A lot of its clergy its aging, and it’s happening in other faiths too as religious leaders retire. 

Some religions advocate student loan forgiveness as a way to attract young people, if they do significant community service, their loans can be forgiven under a federal program.

We spoke with Sister Colleen Gibson, a 28 year old who just took her vows to serve as a nun this month, on the campus of Chestnut Hill College. As far as nuns go, Gibson says she’s pretty young.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.