This was our first experience of Steubenville Youth Conference for many of us, we were excited and curious about what we would experience. The conference started with Mass and a Rosary procession celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, a very solemn and holy experience.
The first speaker of the conference, Paul Kim, is hilarious and relevant when speaking about the faith and our experience as teenagers, he challenged us to take our faith seriously and more intentionally. Adoration was awesome last night. We are especially looking forward to hearing from Fr. Michael Schmitz.
We ate breakfast at the hotel this morning and are all fueled up for a full day of the conference! Pray for us today and we will pray for you!
We started our trip with Morning Mass at St Peter. Father Rick gave us a beautiful Pilgrims Blessing for our travels. Our first stop was Durwards Glen Retreat Center for a day of “mission work” to prepare our hearts to experience Jesus more profoundly at Steubenville. We spent the afternoon doing a variety of “handi-work” for the retreat center, beautifying the grounds and helping to clean up from their latest event featuring “Bagpipes on the Glen.” Father Kurz came to visit us in the evening and stayed for a delicious dinner.
After dinner we gathered with some of the local parishioners to pray the Rosary at the “Mary Mother of God” Shrine. Then Cathy told us about the History of Durwards Glen; we were impressed with how the Durward Family brought the beauty of Creation together with their love of God. We enjoyed free time in the evening, playing games, exploring the beautiful Glen and learning a little about each other like,”if Kevin does it, don’t do it”.
Tomorrow we will do a little more work in the retreat center before continuing our journey to Steubenville. We are excited for the beginning of the Youth Conference. Thank you for your love and support, we are praying for you.