With these words, spoken at the closing Mass, Bishop Dennis Sullivan expressed his pleasure with the passion, faith and service of the 300 students in grades 8-12 that took part in last Sunday’s Diocesan Youth Congress, held at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Sicklerville.
The all-day faith and service event, themed “Written On Our Hearts,” brought together youth from 30 parishes and schools, so they could “connect with God and form a deeper relationship with him; have a positive experience of Christian community; and be challenged to live their faith more fully,” said Greg Coogan, director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Camden, which sponsored the day.
Kelly Colangelo, a national youth speaker who has shared Christ’s redeeming love with schools, retreats, and youth rallies around the country, was the keynote speaker for the day.
In addition, the youth learned about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, and put them into action that day in making sandwiches for the hungry in Camden and Atlantic City; creating rosaries for Prison Ministries in the diocese; and assembling toiletry packets for homeless.
Ultimately, 2,000 sandwiches, 200 rosaries, and 600 toiletry packets were created, with youth also writing notes of encouragement to the homeless and hungry.