Day One at the National Catholic Youth Conference
Fr. Kim Studwell, O.F.M., the Vocation Director from Assumption Province, and I arrived early this morning at the Columbus Convention Center to set up our display for the National Catholic Youth Conference. Today was basically a day set aside for students from all over the country to arrive and get to meet each other. The focus for the day was at the "Port Discovery" which includes all of the vendors, the vocation displays, and the games. (The theme of the conference is "Discovering the Way.")
Our Capuchin brothers had the booth next to us and Fr. Tom Betz, O.F.M.Cap. and Fr. Kim and I did a lot of visiting during breaks. Jacob Johnson climbed the climbing wall and Curt Blase and his mom posed for a picture. Mrs. Blase is a volunteer for the conference.
Besides the fun, we heard Confessions today and then had a big Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. Tomorrow the youth get down to business with workshops, etc. Our work will be a little more focused as well.