Large Diocesan Youth Event next August

Friday, 09 November 2012 13:48

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Internationally Celebrated Musician and Speakers to Headline Large Diocesan Youth Event

WHAT: Mid-Michigan Youth Faith Exchange (MYE Faith)    
WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2013
WHERE: Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Rd., University Center

SAGINAW – As the yearlong celebration of the diocesan 75th anniversary continues, plans are underway for a large diocesan youth event to be held next August on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. It will feature Grammy nominated and internationally acclaimed Catholic performing artist Matt Maher. The event entitled Mid-Michigan Youth Faith Exchange (MYE Faith) is a one day event in which youth encounter Christ through dynamic speakers, spirit-filled prayer, stirring music, sacramental reconciliation, fellowship and discussion. In addition, Bishop Cistone will celebrate Mass with the youth. MYE Faith will inspire youth to “own their faith,” live it daily and boldly share it with the world. “The Church has more than a vested interest in our young people,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone. “The strength and growth of society depend upon the intellectual and moral formation of our youth. They are the disciples who will continue to make Christ present in the world.”

The theme for this year’s event is MYE Hope, building on the message of Bishop Cistone’s pastoral letter, A Future Full of Hope.

The event is open to high school youth, while recent high school grads have been engaged in leadership roles to assist with event planning. The day will include a keynote from Father Tony Ricard, a diocesan priest serving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Father Ricard is an international Catholic speaker and author of many books; two of his books share the experience of helping his parishes rebuild following Hurricane Katrina. The afternoon keynote will be given by national Catholic speaker and musician Sarah Hart. Hart is a Grammy nominated song writer who has spoken and performed at World Youth Day. The one day experience will conclude with a live concert featuring Matt Maher.

Breakout sessions will provide additional opportunities for youth to hear from engaging speakers or participate in discussion and fellowship. The event also will include a “Youthtown.” In Youthtown, young people will find a Market Place where event related merchandise produced by youth will be for sale; a Performance Café where dramatic performances and musical acts will be staged; and finally, Serviceville in which various service and outreach opportunities will be shared with youth.

Registration will not begin until after the first of the year, but youth interested in serving in leadership roles may sign up to volunteer now.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

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