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Archbishop-elect Jason Gordon answers questions from the media at the October 19 press conference announcing his appointment. Photo: Raymond Syms

Archbishop Jason Gordon said the biggest challenge facing the Church is finding a way of engaging young adults so they become excited about Christ and committed to discipleship.

He added that youth are “uppermost” in his mind and heart and warned that if Catholics cannot propel the Church to speak meaningfully to them “then we are going to miss an incredibly big bus and I don’t know how we’re going to get back on that after,” Archbishop Gordon said during his first ‘Ask the Archbishop’ live chat February 7.

“If we don’t find a way…then 25 years from now their kids are not going to be Catholic, then go on from there we’re going to have a shrinking Catholic population but then we would not be fulfilling the mandate of Jesus Christ of proclaiming the Good News to all.”

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