"Here I Am Lord" National Conference
I am in Saint Charles, IL participating in the Here I Am Lord National Conference. It is centered at St. Patrick church and parish but it draws junior high and high school students from a large area including parts of Chicago. It began last evening and will continue through Sunday Liturgies on Sunday. At the left is a quick shot of the display I set up at the main meeting hall. (The coffee can is full of pens with the vocation office info on them, in case you are wondering. :-))
Today I joined the local diocesan vocation director, a seminarian for the diocese, and two Sisters at St. Thomas More Grade School where we did a program for the junior high students of four parishes. Meanwhile other teams were at other local grade schools while a large group was at St. Patrick. The day included input from us about Religious Life and Priesthood, a Q & A sessions where the kids asked some pretty insightful questions, a scavenger hunt in which they had to seek answers to printed questions from us, and a Holy Hour/Benediction, along with a lot of good upbeat music. I returned to St. Patrick tired but enthused about the day.
Tomorrow there will be programing at St. Patrick for the high school students. Tony Melendez, the guitarist whom I had the pleasure of seeing at the National Catholic Youth Conference last fall in Columbus, OH, will be here tomorrow evening. (see http://vocationvibes.franciscan.org/2007/11/index.html)