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Steubenville NW Youth Conference is July 30-Aug. 1 in Spokane
the Inland Register
(From the July 1, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
For 2010, the Steubenville Northwest Catholic Youth Conference has moved to the Spokane Convention Center/INB Performing Arts Center, Friday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 1.
Youth from throughout the northwest United States and Canada will be attending this year.
Regional organizers Bob Falkner and Peggy Martinez hope the new location will allow the conference to serve more youth. “The change of venue has opened up some exciting opportunities,” Martinez said.
Krisi Christensen of Oregon City, Ore., brought the youth from St. John the Apostle Parish for the first time last summer after a fellow youth minister, Monica Cavinaw, had shared about her youth group’s experience at the conference. According to Chris-tensen, the youth came back “so on-fire” that their number of attendees doubled.
Elayne Ingram (IR file photo)
One of the new attendees, Elayne Ingram, said Steubenville NW “sounds inspiring because it’s not some three-hour lecture; it’s fun-filled, faith-filled activities that youth would enjoy.”
“It is just overwhelming when you walk in and see so many youth praising God,” Christensen said.
This year’s biggest group is also traveling the farthest. FaceToFace Ministries of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hosts youth from several Canadian provinces for a 10-day summer pilgrimage every year.
Jon Courchene, director of the FaceToFace Steubenville Pilgrimage, brought his group two years ago and has decided to come back this year. He saw the faith of many come alive at the Steubenville NW Conference.
The conference experience has an impact “now, and through your entire life,” Courchene said, “The youth just love it.”
Cathy Chase is the youth minister at St. Mary’s Presentation Parish in Deer Park, Wash. She volunteered last year to see what the conference had to offer and is now bringing her group. She feels it will be good for Catholic youth from such a small town to get a bigger picture of church. She hopes her youth group will come away with a sense that they are not alone in their Catholic faith.