• December 5, 2009

The 2009 NCYC - Kansas City

The National Catholic Youth Conference was held in Kansas City on November 19-21. It gath­ered more than 20,000 par­tic­i­pants, including young people, adult chap­er­ones and offi­cials. The NCYC, held every other year, is the largest Catholic youth gath­ering in the United States. Over the three-day period, the large range of events included gen­eral ses­sions, work­shops, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, daily liturgy and con­certs.

For the first time Heart’s Home was rep­re­sented at the Conference. Sr Regine and Amy (a former HH Volunteer in Honduras) hold a booth at the Thematic Park Area:

It was a great oppor­tu­nity to meet people from all over the United States and to spread the word about our charism of com­pas­sion. It was amazing to expe­ri­ence once again how much our min­istry of pres­ence touches the hearts and cor­re­sponds to the youth’s expec­ta­tions! It was very moving to see all these young people, some still so pure, others already hurt and broken, but all here looking for Christ’s Face and trying to let Him reign over their bodies, hearts, and spirits… Throughout the day, Adoration and Confession were con­stantly pro­posed. For many teenagers, it has really been a life-changing expe­ri­ence! A young girl told us: “It was the first time I could really con­fess all my sins! I feel so much at peace!”
It was also amazing to see the grown ups’ ded­i­ca­tion to these young people. A youth min­ister brought four teenagers who didn’t know any­thing about reli­gion and according to their beaming faces had encoun­tered some­thing greater than them during these three days. Every morning she goes to the bus stop with donuts so as to moti­vate these inner city kids to go to school... and to talk about Jesus!

This event was a great sign of hope! It says some­thing about the beauty of the Church! It also says how diverse and some­times how sur­prising Christ’s face can be!

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