|Promoting the Legionary lifestyle at the National Catholic Youth Conference.|
November 28, 2011. Indianapolis, IN. This past November 17-19, a
small group of Legionaries and Regnum Christi consecrated women participated
in the National Catholic Youth Conference at the Indianapolis Convention
Center and Lucas Oil Football Stadium in Indiana.
the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the event brought
together 23,000 young Catholics from all over the United States.
The weekend program included various conferences given by well-known Catholic
speakers, youth ministers and clergy, together with Eucharistic adoration, the
recitation of the rosary, confession, praise and worship sessions, over
120 workshops, and a daily half-day exposition of 400 exhibits
by different religious congregations and Catholic organizations.
The Legionaries and
consecrated women put together a section of four booths to
promote the Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi consecrated life, the
Regnum Christi Mission Corps, Mission Youth, Immaculate Conception Academy, the
Sacred Heart Apostolic School.
A new kind of GPS
the Legionaries’ marketing strategies at the conference included the newly
launched website, www.gpsconnection.org. On display using a 42-inch touch
screen, the web site invites young people to pray in
order to find a more fundamental kind of direction: God’s
Plan for the Soul.
The GPS web site invites youth
spend to spend minutes in prayer through Eucharistic adoration, and
states that the Legionaries and consecrated women will match their
minutes. The site also includes links to the different retreats
held at Legionary or consecrated women’s centers, such as the
Test Your Call vocational retreat with the Legionaries, the God’s
Plan for your Soul open retreat for men who would
like to pray for direction in general, the Come and
See retreats with the consecrated women, and so on.
|About 23,000 youth attended the conference.|
successful gimmick was the GPS wristband, which was embossed with
a decade of the rosary. About 8,000 wristbands were handed
out in total.
"We had a lot of visitors to our
booths. Some were clergy, bishops, and religious, all of whom
expressed sincere concern and support for the Legion and Regnum
Christi family, assuring us of their constant prayers. Others were
youth ministers, parents, and grandparents. The majority were high school
students,” said Br Luis Lorenzo, LC.
“High school girls loved the
idea of praying the rosary on a wristband, while the
boys were impressed by the giant touch screen, which they
called an ‘awesome and wicked giant iPad.’ But what moved
me most was how one young man out of every
twenty visitors would come to our booth, pause for a
moment with eyes wide open, and say, ‘I’ve been looking
for this.’ I met about six young men like that,
and I suppose the other ten Legionaries who were with
me had the same experience,” he said.
Mission Youth under construction
three young women at the Mission Youth stand used 2
x 4 pieces of wood, hammers and nails and other
materials to create a booth to look like a Mission
Youth construction site, complete with a cross.
The missionaries asked
the students who visited their booth to write notes to
Jesus to tack on their cross.
“Within minutes, it was
covered with notes,” said Paola Trevino, National Director of Mission
Youth. “Tons of young people expressed their interest in missionary
work. We are blessed that Mission Youth can be a
way to channel all that youthful enthusiasm.”