|1- Miguel Mares, Sisan Walker and Tom McCabe in front of the Mission Youth booth.|
November 22, 2009. Kansas City, Missouri. Mission Youth volunteers
participated in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in
Kansas City, MO this past November 19-21, and presented Extreme
Missions as one of many apostolate displays in the “thematic
park.” Along the way, they also had the privilege of
witnessing the faith alive and well in over 22,000 youth
who were eager to learn more about Christ and get
involved in the New Evangelization.
The power of presence
This year’s convention
theme was “Christ Reigns,” and no moment better captured the
theme than the event called “Witnessing the Power of the
On Friday at 8:00 am, the streets leading up
to the Sprint Area were flooded with “rivers” of young
people. As the doors opened and the young people started
entering, the atmosphere of silence and reverence was an eloquent
witness of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
|The Christ Reigns theme at the NCYC.|
Meanwhile, hundreds of priests were hearing confessions in a huge
ballroom next door.
“It really was amazing to see the amount
of young people there, singing and sharing one same faith,”
said Sisan Walker, a full-time missionary for Mission Youth.
felt like I was in a concert with thousands of
people, except the main Person was Christ. It reminded me
of World Youth Day in Sydney where everyone was just
so full of that joy that only Christ gives,” she
Work in progress… and beware of King Kong
The NCYC’s “thematic park”
was also a witness to the dynamism of the Church,
with hundreds of apostolates and programs displaying informational booths for
the youth to explore.
In keeping with the idea of
Extreme Missions,” the Mission Youth display was an interactive,
3-D, and multi-media experience that gave visitors a sense of
the adventures that characterize a Mission Youth “extreme mission.”
two booths, one for youth and one for youth ministers
and chaperones. At the youth display, visitors put together a
chapel using screwdrivers to attach small side boards to the
wall of a “chapel.” They also signed the missionary cross
inside the chapel.
The booth for youth ministers and adult chaperones
featured the Mission Youth display as well as a green
screen that movie producers use for special effects. Youth and
adults posed in front of the screen and walked away
|Visitors to the booth help buïld a "chapel," mission style.|
with a photo of themselves in an extreme mission mountaintop
setting, or standing with the Pope, encountering King Kong, greeting
JFK, going to the moon, and catching some serious surfer
Ready to rumble
Visitors to both booths received a personalized
sugar boost with custom-made M&M’s (Mexico Missions, Mission Youth), as
well as their own Mexico Mission airplane boarding pass.
for the upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid 2011, an
entire section of the booths was full of information about
how to get involved in the next WYD mission. Mission
Youth staff members were on hand to explain the different
missionary opportunities, from Spring Break and Summer Missions to World
Days Pilgrimages and a volunteering program called the Mission Youth
Youth ministers who showed serious interest in the program also
received a fully stocked Mission Youth folder with an informational
DVD, a complete overview brochure, and promotional cards.
Mission Youth staff, it was uplifting to see the Catholic
youth “alive” and wanting Christ to reign in their hearts.
“I was really impressed by the generosity of all the
young people in the conference. As they passed by our
interactive booth, many offered to exchange their wristbands and fun
necklaces for either a rosary or a missionary cross,” said
Miguel Mares, a full-time missionary for Mission Youth.
the NCYC in Indianapolis!
To find out more about the NCYC
conference, visit the web site at http://ncyc.nfcym.org/.
more about Mission Youth, visit the web site at www.missionyouthmissions.com.