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Vermont Catholic Youth Serve

The newest version of the Diocese of Burlington’s summer youth weekend was a faith building and service opportunity focused on Christian mercy.

The Vermont Catholic Youth Serve took take place at the University of Vermont in Burlington and the surrounding area , June 24-26. 

Sponsored by the  Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, VCYS is the successor of the Vermont Catholic Youth Conference. “We decided after much thought, prayer and deliberation that it was important to not just talk about our faith and talk about mercy but to give the youth an opportunity to live the faith,” explained William Gavin, director of youth and young adult ministry.

The purpose of the weekend was to show Christ’s love and mercy to the people of Vermont.

Steubenville East High School Youth Conference

On July 15-17,  138 teens and adults from the Diocese of Burlington participated in the Steubenville East High School Youth Conference in Lowell, Mass. They joined 3,200 other teens and adults from throughout New England and the Northeast for an amazing weekend of fellowship, fun, prayer, inspiration and music. Teens from Vermont travelled together on three buses representing towns throughout the Green Mountain State – Burlington, St. Albans, Enosburg Falls, Richford, Newport, Berkshire, Hardwick, Williston, Rutland, Poultney, Stowe, Barton, Manchester, West Pawlett, Bennington and other towns.  They were joined by chaperones, seven seminarians and four Burlington Diocesan priests – Fr. Schnobrich, Fr. Gratton and two newly ordained priests, Fr. Matthew Rensch and Fr. Curtis Miller.  

“The highlight of the weekend can be summed up in one word – encounter.  Teens encountered Christ through the sacraments, encountered others in the spirit of Christian community and encountered their deepest core and the essence of who they are as human beings – namely, children of God.  Our teens were inspired, moved and motivated by amazing talks, inspiring music, but most of all, by Christ himself,” said William Gavin, director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Burlington.

Steubenville conferences take place throughout the United States and will be attended this summer by over 50,000 teens in Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Wisconsin, Tucson, Denver and numerous other cities.    

The Diocese of Burlington will be attending the Steubenville East conference next July, 2017.   We invite all teens in Vermont to join us and to be changed forever.    

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Two of the offices of the Diocese of Burlington that receive funding from the annual Bishop's Fund are the apostolates of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and of Evangelization and Catechesis.

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