This past weekend the OLM Youth Group was in Lowell, Massachusetts for the annual Steubenville East Youth Conference. We brought eight High Schoolers, three chaperones (including our summer seminarian Daniel Mahoney and our Youth Coordinator Billy Burdier).
Every year there is a different theme. This year the theme was "Belong" as used in the Scripture passage from 1 John 3:1: "See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God" Throughout the weekend the kids attended concerts, conferences and talks. The celebration of Mass took place each day. Especially edifying was the practically constant possibility for the youth to go to Confession. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of kids went to Confession over the three days of the Conference (I believe that the final count was around 1,000 confessions heard). It was a great weekend for the kids to grow in their faith and to see how God works in their lives. We wish to thank everyone who supported the Youth Group to make this trip possible!