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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Plans underway for Eastern Washington teens to take part in 2009 Notre Dame youth program

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 13, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Diocese participants in the 2008 ND Vision program for youth were, back row, from left: Antony Glatt, Jasckson Kerschen, Ryan Senger, Jordon Plummer, Joseph Senger, and Christopher Logan. In the middle row are Hannah Harder, Elysa Doss, Amy Glatt, Kaci Matsch, Karra Plummer, and Meghan Verhag. In the front row are Tori Malek, Meg Seibly, Katie Seibly, and Elizabeth Denny. (IR photo courtesy of Dan Glatt)

How can a teen’s gifts change the world? If you are between the ages of 14-18, this can be a mysterious question. Do I have gifts, what are my gifts, how do I discover these gifts, who gave me these gifts or where did these gifts come from? Adolescence is a powerful time of discovery and a time of challenge to hear how God is calling us to use the gifts that we have been given.

This summer, the youth ministry of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, is coordinating an opportunity for students graduating from the 8th grade through 12th grade to attend ND Vision on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. This week-long conference is designed to help students begin a process in discovering how God is calling them to discover and use their talents. Youth will spend a week with 55 ND undergraduates who will facilitate the small groups and also have a chance to hear special nationally-recognized Catholic guest speakers who will come share their gifts and talents.

This year’s conference dates are July 5-July 10, 2009. Plans are being formulated now to attend the conference. The cost of this conference will be $975 per person, which includes transportation, conference registration, transfers, service fees, lodging, and meals during the conference.

ND Vision also offers an excellent opportunity for adults working with youth to attend a conference called “ND Vision CYM.” This special week of presentation is just for Catholic youth ministers at all levels of service to youth. Like the students, the adults will hear from some of the top Catholic speakers and are able to share and learn from others in the field of Youth Ministry. The cost for adults also is $975, and includes transportation, lodging, conference, meals and registrations.

There is limited space both at Notre Dame and on the Our Lady of Fatima team. Registrations will close when space is filled; additional youth and adults will be put on a waiting list.

Students interested should be active in their parishes, interested in discovering more about the Catholic faith, be open to new experiences, and willing to share with others what they discover.

For information, call Dan Glatt at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 509-747-7213, or e-mail him at Applications and deposits are due by Jan. 15, 2009.

To learn more about ND Vision, visit their web site:

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