My experience at this conference with my daughter Lindsey who is "gifted with Down syndrome" was an opportunity to celebrate the gift of our Catholic Faith. The event was filled with a commitment by youth to change their lives by dedicating themselves to following Jesus. The power of our young people was inspiring and their Catholicity visibly displayed through their response to the music, participation in the discussions and the celebration of Eucharist. The question “Who am I?” was posed and reiterated throughout the three days. I witnessed their search for an answer and felt privileged to have journeyed with them.
Kudos to Fr. Frank Portelli who leads the Office of Catholic Youth .His work with the volunteer team provided an exemplary experience for Lindsey, myself and the1500 participants. The Theme was Limitless and it certainly spoke to what one can achieve when in unity with Our Lord. I left the conference with a new appreciation and better understanding of the precious gift of my Catholic Faith. Thanks to our priests and religious who nurture our spiritual lives so devotedly and especially my pastoral team of Father Paul, Father Michael, Deacons Ken and Rudy at St. Isaac Jogues.
We are both already looking forward to Steubenville Conference 2016 where Lindsey and her peers will once again be warmly welcomed to a conference that demonstrates inclusiveness.
"God made us in His image and likeness" Thank you Lord.
My reflection on this weekend can best be summarized with words from the Nicene Creed:
I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
This is the link which provides a brief promo clip of the conference.