Thank you to all who made REVIVE~the 9th Pro Life Youth Conference a success!
Revive: One heart, One life at a time!
Over 300 Young People Attend 9th Prolife Youth Conference
“Young Church, I feel your faith and your holy prayer! If this was the last mass I celebrated, I would die a happy man.”
These were the words of Fr. Patrick Gonyeau, the main celebrant at the vigil Mass that culminated the Building Bridges to a Culture of Life (BBCL) Prolife Youth conference held November 8 at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. The theme of this year’s event was “Revive One Heart, One Life at a Time!”
Over 300 young people attended, as well as 11 priests, 12 consecrated religious, numerous vendors and speakers as well as almost 30 adult volunteers. This was the 9th BBCL prolife youth conference held in the Detroit metro area. The event was co-sponsored with the Archdiocese of Detroit Prolife Ministry.
Among the speakers at this year’s event were: Msgr. Tim Hogan, Chaplain with Rachel’s Vineyard’s retreats; Michelle Schmidt, post abortive counselor at Mother and Unborn Baby Care Problem Pregnancy Center in Southfield; Meagan Weber, a woman who choose life as a teenager for her unborn children; Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel; Travon Clifton, a young woman conceived in rape; and Principal of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School, Sister Catherine Marie, OP, with her “Made for Something More” Presentation to the young women.
Attendees also had the opportunity to see Michigan’s first mobile ultrasound unit which will soon be providing free ultrasounds to abortion-minded women in the metropolitan Detroit area. (http://icudetroit.com/)
Tori Harris was one of the headline music entertainers for the evening as well as an engaging speaker. (The up-and-coming Catholic music performer was recently featured on Rome Reports. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNy4PJAbiE0#t=48)
“What an honor and a consolation to participate in such an incredible event!” she said of the conference. “These teens amazed me by their ability to not only dream of such an event, but to follow-through by putting it on with such success. It is a testament to them, their families and this community’s commitment to the pro-life cause.”
The BBCL conference is planned annually by a team of young people from Archdiocese of Detroit parishes. This year’s team included over 30 students, the “LIFEGUARD Squad”, representing 13 high schools in the metro Detroit area.
The BBCL conference, organized by local teens and led by adult moderators, equips high school and college students with the knowledge and passion to defend life and empowers them to joyfully live out Christian values.” Student Co chair, Michael Kenney, a senior from U of D Jesuit stated, “Before the conference had even taken place, I had already learned and grown so much from what the conference had to offer. I feel so blessed to have played a part in planning this year’s conference as it has enabled me to fuel my greatest passion, grasp a greater understanding of the inherent dignity of every human life, and make so many wonderful friends.”
November 8th, 2014 12:15- 9:30 PM
Hosted at Shrine High School
3500 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073
“We are Pro Life youth of Metro Detroit. We uphold the dignity of every human life, from the moment of conception until natural death. We go to school, listen to our iPods, play sports and enjoy dancing. We are daring to live our beliefs as best as we know how.
We hold an annual conference to spread the Gospel of Life to other youth, 8th grade thru college, who wish to better understand and a live what John Paul II calls the “Culture of Life.” This conference helps to build networks among our peers and equip each of us to go make a difference and to foster a change in the attitude of society toward life in all of its beautiful stages.We are Pro Life Youth !
If you or your school or youth group wants to get involved in planning next year’s event we would welcome your support. Join our Pro Life guard squad to represent your school~ we even have our own cool LIFEGUARD T-Shirts. Call Irene at 248 318-8281.