National M YO Workshop 2012

By Sister Therese Maria, MSCL

We participated in the National Maronite Youth Workshop (June 24th - 29th) held at St. Raymond’s Cathedral, St. Louis, MO. The theme of the workshop “Come to the Well…” (John 4:4-42) was dynamically coordinated by Father Gary George and his talented team from Youngstown, Ohio.

There were approximately 250 young people present from our Maronite parishes across the U.S. To help Father Gary facilitate the workshop, ten of our Clergy were present along with our Maronite Bishops, His Excellency Bishop Robert Shaheen and His Excellency Bishop Gregory Mansour.

The eventful week included many great spiritual and social activities. Such as: Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Liturgy, morning prayer, laying of hands & healing service, Mystery of Penance, an engaging discussion and Q&A with Bishop Gregory Mansour and Bishop Robert Shaheen, visits to St. Louis Basilica and Our Lady of the Snow Shrine, fun and challenging ice breakers, a visit to Splash City water park, movie night, & snacks…

This precious time was a great joy for us to meet and serve a large number of our Maronite teens and young adults. We also had the opportunity to share with them our latest video which speaks about our vocation and mission as spiritual mothers in our Maronite Church. The positive feedback that we received from the group regarding our presence and the video was very encouraging, and I believe it is an affirmation of the importance of consecrated religious radiating the light and warmth of Christ!