Nore to Hold Conference For Youth and Adults

Friday, April 04 1997

Ottawa (CCCB) — The CCCB’s National Office of Religious Education is holding a national conference in Ottawa May 8-11, 1997 entitled “Making a Difference: Youth and Adults Growing Together in Christ’s Mission.

The gathering, billed as an “intergenerational conference,” will see 300 young people from 13 to 19 and another 250 adults from across Canada meet to discuss and examine ways for young people and adults to work together to build a better Church.

“The response has been phenomenal,” says conference organizer Jonas Abromaitis. “We have participants registered from all ten provinces and it’s shaping up to be a very exciting conference. One group of 24 young people and four adults is coming all the way from North Battleford, Saskatchewan,” he said. The youth participants are being billeted in local Ottawa homes.

Abromaitis, in charge of the youth portfolio at NORE, said the conference will bring together young people and those who work most directly with them in the Church, priests, youth ministers, teachers and parents, so that “together they can discover ways to make a difference in our Church and it will be an occasion for them to share their faith with one another and identify potential avenues of cooperation in evangelizing and reaching out to others.”

Keynote speaker Mary Jo Leddy of Romero House in Toronto, along with some of her staff, will share how the refugee outreach program they are involved with benefits from the intergenerational approach of young people and adults working together in service and in compassion.

Twenty-four workshops are scheduled which deal with everything from the Gospel and Marginalized Youth, to Spiritual Food for a Hungry Generation, Getting Going on Social Justice, Communicating so Adults Understand and a “bear pit” session with bishops. Bishop Fred Colli, auxiliary bishop of Ottawa, and Bishop Raymond Lahey of St. George’s, Newfoundland, will be on hand for the Conference.

Two workshops on “Dramatizing Scripture” are also planned with the exciting comedy team of Ted and Lee from Harrisonburg, Virginia. Ted and Lee will also entertain at the Saturday banquet with a program know as Fish Eyes. It’s a humoristic but touching look at some of the gospel narratives.