|Annie Hofstetter (first one on the right) and her Challenge Team with Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.|
By Annie Hofstetter
My name is Annie Hofstetter, I
am twelve years old and I have been in Challenge for two years. Along with nine other girls,
I was invited to be apart of the first Challenge
Presentation Team in St. Louis. We give presentations to people
to help them understand the mission of our club and
how they can be a part of it. Our team
has already given presentations in Florida and Chicago, and most
recently to Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.
On March 26, 2007, the team went to give
Archbishop Burke a presentation about Challenge. We told him about
the hopes and dreams of Challenge, its mission, the St.
Louis Challenge Club, how we raise money, and most important,
that we are always there for him and that we
want to help carry his cross.
When I was
giving my part of the presentation, I started to realize
that even a holy person like Archbishop Burke sometimes may
feel alone and have no one to lean on. I
can’t even begin to imagine the task of making sure
every soul in St. Louis goes to heaven. So when
we told him that we would be bringing more than
a hundred girls to the Corpus Christi procession, I noticed
that he became very animated and smiled the rest of
I learned that Archbishop Burke has such
a great love for our lady of Guadalupe. One of
the consecrated women at our presentation asked him: “Why do
you have such a great love for Our Lady?” He
replied saying simply: “Because she is my mother.” This really
impressed me because it was such a personal relationship.
|Archbishop Burke invited the girls into his chapel and prayed with them.|
Burke has shown me how one person can make a
huge difference in the world today. I believe this visit
helped all of the presentation team to see how big
our mission, in Challenge, really is. Everyday I thank God
for Challenge because it has totally changed my life. I
never thought I would be as close to God as
I am now and it is such a gift. Challenge
is just truly meant to be shared, and because of
it, I “Challenge Myself, Others, and the World.