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skillsandputtheirfaithintopractice.CatholicExtensioniscommittedtohelpingmissiondiocesesmeetthesechallenges.ThesupportoftheseyoungleadersisessentialsotheycantakeactiverolesintheChurchandincreasetheimpactoftheirministriesforthosetheyserve.TheFirstofManyThreeyearsagoCatholicExtensionrecognizedthisneedintheDioceseofHelenaMontana.OnavisittothestatetheteammetwiththebishopandotherChurchleaderswhotookgreatprideinthepotentialdisplayedbytheiryoungadultsacrossvariousministries.AroundthesametimeCatholicExten-sionlaunchedapartnershipwithBos-tonCollegethatresultedingraduatescholarshipsforemergingyounglead-ersinmissiondioceses.ThetimingwasperfectandCatholicExtensionox3eredthedioceseanopportunitytoawardascholarshiptooneofitsinspiringyoungadults.ItwasthenthatthediocesereachedouttoDanThiescoordinatorforCatholicYouthRuralOutreachCYROHelenax19sx0ourishingyouthministryprogram.Anavidleaderwithanundergraduatede-greeintheologyx2omCarrollCollegeinHelenaDanwasconx1dentinhispas-sionforministrybutunsureofwhereitwouldtakehim.Thatwasofcourseuntilthedioceseox3eredDanafulltwo-yearscholarshiptopursuehisMasterofArtsinPastoralMinistryallowinghimtomakeevenmoreofanimpactinthefaithcommu-nityheloved.NowapproachinggraduationDanknowsthatthetimespentinBostonwillbeinvaluablewhenhereturnstotheWestthisfall.x1cThisdegreeallowsmetogodeeperintounderstandingmyfaithwhileatthesametimex1ndingwaysformetointegrateitintomyministryx1dheexplained.Thisnewunderstandingwillbeputto15FALL2012nnCallahancallsitx1cDivineProvidence.x1dWhileinherfinalyearasamusicmajoratTexasTechUniver-sityinLubbockshewasox3eredanopportunitythatwouldleadherdownthepathtoministry.ForDevonKempthesamecallingcameasshepreparedtoentertheesteemedsportspsychologyprogramattheUni-versityofDenver.TodayAnnandDevonarepartofacohortof12aspiringChurchleadersenrolledatBostonCollegeFordhamUniversityandtheUniversityofNotreDameaspartofCatholicExtensionx19sYoungAdultLeadershipInitiative.Throughtheinitiativetheseyoungadultswillreceivefullscholarshipstopursueadvancedtheologicaldegreeswhileworkinginministrypositionswithintheirdioceses.x1cIreallywouldnx19ttradethisfortheworldx1dexplainedDevon.x1cIcanx19timag-inemyselfdoinganythingelse.Ix19vealwayslovedworkingintheChurch.x1dAddedAnnx1cThisissomethingthatx19sbeenapartofourlivesandtobringthattox2uitionisaleapoffaith.x1dCallingThemHomeItx19sthisdeepfaithandwillingnesstox1cleapx1dthatmakesCatholicyoungadultssoimportantforthefutureoftheChurchinmissiondioceses.AsministryleaderstheirpassionyouthfulenergyandenthusiasmcanignitethespiritinCatholicsbothtodayandforgenera-tionstocome.ThequestionbecomesthenhowdomissiondiocesesmaximizethepotentialoftheirbestandbrightestyoungadultsThechallengeisbigbecauseacrossthecountryyoungpeopleofcollegeageandbeyondareleavingtheirmissiondio-cesestopursueopportunitieselsewhere.Whatx19smoremissiondiocesesdonx19thavetheresourcestohelpaspir-ingyoungadultleadersenhancetheirThesupportoftheseyoungleadersisessentialsotheycantakeactiverolesintheChurch.BostonCollegeshownFordhamUniversityandtheUniversityofNotreDamehavepartneredwithCatholicExtensiontoofferadvanceddegreestofutureChurchleaders.