|The boys and their leaders formed a line from the vehicles to the convent for the transfer of about 30 bags and boxes of clothing.|
January 10, 2010. Davenport, Iowa. When a Conquest Club
in central Iowa carried out a service project for the
Davenport diocese’s Sacred Heart Clothing Center, the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Messenger, covered the story. Read on to catch
a glimpse of how Conquest, a Regnum Christi apostolate, is
helping boys to grow in an attitude of service and virtue.
reprinted with permission.
Conquest Club Teaches Boys Leadership
By Anne Marie
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — About 30 boys ages
5-16 spent time together last month going door-to-door in Bettendorf
seeking donations for the Sacred Heart Clothing Center in Davenport.
youth from the Quad-Cities are members of Conquest, a Catholic
boys club that is part of a national network. It
offers leadership programs, clubs and camps for boys.
Scott Schluter, president
of Conquest, and the boys took informational fliers to homes
Nov. 21. At the same time, they asked for donations
of new or gently used winter clothing or money and
offered to rake leaves for payment. The following day the
boys returned to the homes to pick up donations marked
for the clothing center.
“Conquest trains boys to become self-disciplined and
confident young men, Catholic leaders who possess moral integrity and
are committed to improving the communities in which they live,”
Schluter said. Conquest also offers sports programs and meets weekly
in Moline, Ill., for two hours.
Conquest members met in Moline
on Nov. 30 and loaded vehicles with the donations they
collected. They took the items to Sacred Heart Clothing Center,
located in the former convent on the cathedral grounds.
Schmidt, OSB, who runs the center, appreciated the donations. She
told the youth and the adults that on average 300
families per month seek clothing and other items from the
She said the late Msgr. Sebastian Menke opened the
center when he was pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral. Originally
the center was in the church basement before moving to
the convent’s basement.
After learning about the history of the center,
the boys and their leaders formed a line from the
vehicles to the convent for the transfer of about 30
bags and boxes of clothing. Schluter also presented cash and
checks worth $333 to Sr. Schmidt and said more would
Leaders and youth took a tour of the center
to see how the clothing was separated in the tight
Various youth and adults asked Sr. Schmidt what else they
could do for the center. She said they were welcome
to help sort clothes, clean and do other projects. She
welcomed the offer of help and future donations of clothing.
Sam and Michael Perenich, members of Our Lady of Lourdes
Parish in Bettendorf, participate in The Conquest Club for ages
Sam said the experience at Sacred Heart was “humbling.” He
was glad to see how charitable people were and felt
it was satisfying to get clothes to the needy.
it was fun to work with friends and know he
was helping others in need. Regarding the visit to the
clothing center, he said, “It was an interesting place and
interesting to see how the clothes were divided between men,
women and children.”
Conquest was started in 2003 by Stephen Perenich,
who is still involved in the group. The club is
divided into three programs: father/son ages 5-7, Conquest junior club
ages 8-10 and The Conquest Club for ages 11-16.
is divided into campaigns, Schluter said. Each campaign has a
different virtue to focus on. The Dec. 7 meeting was
the last on the virtue of kindness. In January the
virtue will be obedience.
Cost to belong to Conquest is $70
per year. Scholarships are available.
Meetings are held Monday nights from
6-8 p.m. at the TEC Center at Christ the King
Parish in Moline, Ill.
For more information contact Schluter at (309)