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Spokane Diocese teens to participate in 2013 ND Vision program
the Inland Register
(From the November 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
“God is calling…How will you answer?”
This is the underlying theme of ND Vision, a week-long conference for students who are entering high school (present 8th graders) through graduating high school seniors. The best way to describe ND Vision is their mission statement:
“Notre Dame Vision seeks to help young men and women realize, through their own faith experience, that the reality of every Christian vocation – lay, Religious, or ordained – invites them in some particular way to live as committed disciples of Jesus Christ in a challenging world. Through the decisions they make every day as teenagers and young adults, they can participate in building the kingdom of God, and begin participating now in the fullness of life that Christ promises.”
This week at ND Vision is an opportunity to share, learn, and listen to others about the call of God.
Throughout the week, the students break into their “saint” small groups and reflect on the vocational calling of 50-some saints that are used as role models of answering God’s call. The saints of the Church are used as an example of how God calls people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to share the good news. The students are entertained and inspired by a number of presentations from nationally-known speakers who challenge the teens and adult chaperones to go even deeper into their faith live to see how they are called to live out every day in the people they meet, in schools, and in families.
The 350 high school students that gather during one of the four week-long sessions during the summer also gather for Mass at St. Mary Basilica on the campus of Notre Dame and in the resident dorms chapels, gather at the replica of the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto for evening candlelight rosary, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and learn about other opportunities to further grow in their faith.
This past summer six students from the Spokane Diocese made this journey to the University of Notre Dame and were challenged to reflect on God’s calling. This year’s students included some who were entering high school and others who had just graduated. Kaila Cebellas, a recent graduate of Gonzaga Prep, participated in Beyond ND Vision, which is specifically for returning students who are challenged to begin to specifically respond to the question, “how will you answer?”
In summer 2013, students from the Spokane Diocese join other students from around the country for ND Vision. Beyond the program activities, students will have free time to visit the Notre Dame bookstore, see the Notre Dame football stadium, and enjoy one of the best university food services. The current plan is to travel by Amtrak; students will enjoy seeing parts of the country only seen by riding the rails.
During the four sessions at ND Vision, each session is led by Notre Dame undergrads who have been trained to be mentors. The mentors will work with the participants and explore with them God’s call and how to be open to that call. The participating students will be in small groups that are age appropriate and under the direction of Notre Dame mentors.
Plans are being made to take a group of students to ND Vision at the University of Notre Dame, June 22-July 1, 2013. The dates include travel time on Amtrak. The cost is $975, which includes transportation, lodging, transfers, ND Vision, and meals. The group will be led by Deacon Dan Glatt of Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Deacon Kelly Stewart of St. John Vianney Parish.
Students interested in participating in the 2013 ND Vision can contact Deacon Glatt at Our Lady of Fatima 509-747-7213 or email at dglatt@dioceseofspokane . More information about ND Vision, including a video, is available at the program’s web site: http://vision.nd.edu/.
If a parish or Catholic school 8th grade class would like a presentation on ND Vision, please contact Deacon Glatt.
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