This weekend I traveled with some of the youth of our parish to Steubenville of the Rockies in Denver. The Steubenville youth conferences are inspired by Franciscan University of Steubenville and hosted at various locations around the country. We took six kids to the conference of 2,500 youth and had a wonderful time. The theme was "limitless," based on Jesus's words in John 10:10 that he came that we might have abundant (limitless) life.
|Our six kids and two chaperones.|
Notice the sleep-deprived, forced smiles.
On a personal note, the conference ended up being a bit of a mini class reunion for me, too. A couple of former classmates were there, including Fr. Carson Krittenbrink who I haven't seen since we graduated from seminary a year ago. It was truly a joy to catch up.
|Fr. Carson of Oklahoma City, Fr. Jason of Denver, and myself|
Also present were two other Wyoming parishes: St. Matthew's in Gillette and St. Barbara's in Powell. Because lack of communication is the perpetual curse of humanity, we were all surprised to see each other. We managed to gather everyone for one group shot.
|Youth from Gillette, Powell, and Sheridan with their leaders|