I write this my first day back in Prince George on a bit of a spiritual high. We had an absolutely amazing weekend taking some of the teens from our parish to the Steubenville Conference in Atlanta. For those who are not familiar with this, the Steubenville conferences were started at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. They have proved to be an incredibly effective way to evangelize youth and young adults. This program has become so successful that they have expanded the conference to locations across the country and this summer more than 40,000 teens are participating in the experience. It was an amazing opportunity for me to see so many young people encounter Christ in such a profound way. It was amazing to see them coming alive in their faith. While this was such a good experience for them, witnessing it also had a very strong impact on me. I feel much stronger in my own faith after making this trip. There is nothing like seeing Christ’s power at work in other people to remind us all just how much He is a part of our lives and how much we need Him.
This is something we all need, no matter how old we are or how long we have been active in the Church. We all need to step away from our normal routine and experience our faith in new ways. Some people experience this by making a retreat every year. Getting involved in the ministry of our Church can also be helpful. We are bringing new programs to all three of our parishes for our middle and high school youth. I would love to speak to anyone who is interested in being a part of this and challenging themselves to do more with their faith. If this is not where you feel called to be, that is fine as well. There are so many opportunities out there to take hold of YOUR faith and put what we believe into action through our ministry. God has a plan for each of us to make Him known in a special way. I pray that more people will enter into a closer relationship with him through the ministry to which w are all being called.