New Youth Rally Promises Awakening
“The Awakening,” a first-time event for youth from grades 7-12 being held at Transfiguration Center in Ludlow Falls (OH) will combine the sacraments, music, and speakers in what the host parishes promise will be a dynamic day that can lead to a Road to Emmaus Experience.
Hosted by Transfiguration, St. Peter, St. Patrick, and Immaculate Conception parishes and open to all area Catholic youth, the event will be held at the Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal (the Lange Estate) and will feature well-known speakers Courtney Brown and John Leyendecker, Nashville-based music trio His Own, dinner, and a concert by popular band Sanctus Real.
It will also feature Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession.
“I see so often in our young people that they’re so engrossed in their Face-timing and their Instagram and the constant communicaiion that we call them the ‘walking zombies,’” Fr. Eric Bowman says in a video introduction to the event. “They walk around with their faces glued to their phones and they’re connected to a greater world than the rest of us knew of when we grew up.
“But in doing so I think they’ve missed the great connection that they do need, the most important connection — which is Christ.”
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Like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Fr. Bowman said, young people today can have their eyes opened to the living Christ so that their hearts burn within them, and can find that the connection they crave and are searching for is already theirs through the Sacraments, prayer and Christ’s Church.
Speaker Courtney Brown, Principal at Royalmont Academy (Mason, OH) and former Education Director for Ruah Woods Theology of the Body Center (Bridgetown/Cincinnati), is known for his dynamic presentations. Keynote speaker Leyendecker (“Catholic Hipster of Year for 2015”) has brought his powerful witness to events around the country. He lived a profligate life after a shattering childhood event, but the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist changed his life. With the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) for seven years, he is now the director for the Holy Family School of Faith in Cincinnati.
His Own, a new group from Nashville, features Kentucky singer Maria Spears. Sanctus Real, a Christian rock band based in Toldeo, will end the event with a concert. The band has seven albums and has received two Grammy nominations and a Dove Award.
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