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!