Diocese of Saginaw to send Largest Group in recent years to National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis
SAGINAW — On Thursday, a group of more than 100, mostly teens, will travel to Indianapolis to join an expected group of approximately 25,000 Catholic teens from around the country at the National Catholic Youth Conference. The group is the largest in recent years to attend from the Diocese of Saginaw. The conference is a three day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers.
This year’s conference will include Mass with all of the attendees, and teens will learn more about their faith during breakout sessions. In addition, service opportunities will be provided, including assembling and packaging meals for the needy. The goal is to package 100,000 meals during the conference. The teens also will decorate backpacks for children in Haiti and make blankets for adopted babies. Some teens will even donate their hair to “Locks of Love.”
“I look forward to learning more about my faith and being able to help others,” said Hudson Wardin (pictured left), a freshman at Nouvel Catholic Central High School who attended the Diocese of Saginaw’s MYE Faith youth rally in August and plans to travel to the National Catholic Youth Conference.
“Virtually everyone who is going to Indianapolis also attended the MYE Faith youth rally,” said Mark Graveline, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw.
Rev. Steven Gavit, Pastor of St. Stephen Parish, will celebrate a “send-off” Mass for the teens at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at St. Stephen Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., in Saginaw before the group departs for Indianapolis. All are welcome for Mass.
The photo at the top is of some of the youth who attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2011.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.
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