On April 13 and 14, the Regional V Encuentro will take place in Alexandria. It includes delegations from the U.S. church’s Region VIII, which covers all of Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
Micah Fleck, the April YAYA awards winner, blends her love of music with her love for the Catholic faith at the piano in her home parish of St. Elizabeth in Brennyville.
For 20 years, youths from across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have brought Christ’s Passion to parishes by re-enacting the Stations of the Cross. Servants of the Cross, a family apostolate, began in 1998 with nine youths, and now approximately 50 young people between ages 6 and 23 take part.
Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.
Through a “Why Catholic” study group in their parish, St. Joseph in Pierz, Michelle and Jamie Litke have seen their faith increase as well as their commitment to their family and their community.
Hannah Salfer, a St. Cloud State University student and the February winner of The Visitor’s Youth and Young Adult Award, is described as a missionary disciple who lives to serve and serves with unmatched exuberance.
More than 8,000 young adults from around the country gathered at McCormick Place for a biennial conference sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, known as FOCUS, in Chicago in early January to gain the tools to share their faith with the world.
As there is a growing number of “nones” or religiously unaffiliated in our country, we must make a renewed commitment to the work of handing on the faith.
Seventeen-year-old Alaina Laing from St. Benedict Parish in Avon has taken ownership of her faith. While it continues to blossom, she said the roots have always been strong.
Despite Paula Johnson’s busy family life, the YAYA award winner also finds time to work part time as the director of religious education for grades 1-6 at her parish, Sacred Heart in Glenwood.