The Midwest District Lasallian Youth Gathering took place at Lewis University on June 25-29. Over 60 Lasallian Youth from nine high schools participated. The theme was “Carry the Light” and the focus was on FAITH. This year’s gathering was coordinated and staffed by University Ministry at Lewis and involved many hours of planning and prepping. All of it paid off beautifully. By all accounts the week was very successful. On a personal note, I was present Monday afternoon to deliver the keynote address on Faith and returned Thursday afternoon and evening for the closing festivities. The difference in the faces and attitudes of the young people in those three days was amazing. They had clearly formed a vibrant Lasallian community together.
Much of the actual animation for the week was carried out by the LYG Companions, a dynamic group of college students who accompanied each of the four small groups or “tracks”: Men’s Spirituality, Women’s Spirituality, Scripture, and Prayer. LY Moderators were also present in each of the groups.
Peter Gleich, veteran LY Moderator from Cretin-Derham Hall commented: “Thanks for making our summer gathering a reality again. As always, it was a transforming experience for the kids and adults. For me, the gathering is in some ways a culmination of the school year in that I see the kids take what they’ve spend the last nine months and 16/17 years learning and now they are living it out with joy and enthusiasm.”
Midwest District High Schools who attended the 2012 LYG are: Bishop Kelley, CBHS (Memphis), CBCHS (St. Louis), Cretin-Derham Hall, DeLaSalle HS (Mpls), De La Salle Institute (Chicago), Holy Family Catholic HS, Montini Catholic, and Totino-Grace.
A huge THANK YOU to Brother Phil Johnson and the University Ministry staff for accepting the challenge to host and plan the 2012 Lasallian Youth Gathering and for doing it so well. On to CBU Memphis in 2013. Live Jesus in our hearts—and especially in the hearts of our Lasallian Youth!