The "Ultimate 4JC Festival"
Friday, June 27, I drove to Pittsburgh on my way to the Ultimate 4JC Festival at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA. I stayed with the friars at Holy Family Friary and finished the trip Saturday morning.
The festival involved youth and young adults and their families for a day of prayer and entertainment. There were opportunities for Adoration, Confession, Eucharist, and Way of the Cross (dramatized). Cheer up Charlie, Brian Kissinger and Sarah Bauer provided the entertainment. A number of Religious Communities set up vocation booths and I joined them with materials for any young men possibly interested in our way of life.
Two of the young folks I met were Matt and Jill. Matt is a college student at St. Vincent who is a very talented musician. During a very moving Liturgy, he helped lead the music. He and Jill are good examples of the generous young people who helped the St. Vincent Vocation Office provide a healthy, holy day for many other youths.
I find these kind of experiences uplifting. I visit with a other Religious and parents as well as the young people in attendance. It is good to see so many young men and women interested in the faith. Whether or not they will be joining a Religious Community only God knows. But we plant seeds and strengthen faith and let the Lord do the rest.