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Teens learn to listen and respond to God’s call at ND Vision
by Deacon Dan Glatt, for the Inland Register
(From the August 20, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
A contingent of high school youth and chaperones from the Spokane Diocese participated in ND Vision 2015 at the University of Notre Dame earlier this summer. (IR photo courtesy of Deacon Dan Glatt)
A 44-hour journey on Amtrak from Spokane to South Bend, Ind., delivered eight students and three chaperones to participate in ND Vision at the University of Notre Dame.
But the journey by train is only the beginning of an interior journey. ND Vision is a summer conference for high school-age students – an opportunity to explore how God is calling them, how to respond with their gifts, and how to share these gifts in daily life.
ND Vision teaches that God calls everyone to live their calling, fully and faithfully. Throughout the week at Notre Dame Vision, the staff and mentors unpack this call in many ways, including dynamic large group presentations, interactive small group times, profound liturgies, and excellent music.
We know who we are and what we want from life, but the questions that might not be asked are: Do I know who God is in my life? Am I recognizing God’s call and choosing how to respond?
Here are some reactions from the Eastern Washington ND Vision 2015 participants:
• Marni Nazareno, a junior at Lewis and Clark High School and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish: “I truly feel that I grew closer to God and my experience at Notre Dame Vision has opened my eyes to new things.”
• Charlie Myers, a student from St. Charles Parish: “It was great spending a week growing in my faith. It was also great meeting people from around the country who are going through the same challenges as I am.”
• Cassidy Anyan, from Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Suncrest: “I really enjoyed my time at Notre Dame. Over the course of the week, I learned so much about not only myself, but my relationship with God and my place in this world.”
• Bradley Sauve, an incoming freshman at Gonzaga Prep: “Notre Dame Vision isn’t just a learning experience. You participate in your small groups, which become like family and experience your faith through the Sacraments and the people that you meet.”
ND Vision is open to students completing the 8th grade through graduating high school seniors.
• Marvin Nazareno, who graduated from Lewis and Clark High School this past spring, shared this: “My experience at Notre Dame Vision was well worth it. Every part of it was enjoyable and simply amazing. As a senior going into college now, I wish I had gone in my early high school years. Vision showed fundamentals and values that we as individuals may forget sometimes, such as learning to love ourselves, knowing who we are, and especially what we are called to be/do. Notre Dame Vision was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had. I definitely recommend it. I definitely believe it is well worth the effort put into it.”
Students are also welcome to return to ND Vision and participate in ND Vision Plus. This year we had three students participate in ND Vision Plus.
• Zach Dombrowik, a junior at Gonzaga Prep from St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, said, “Notre Dame Vision was a life-changing experience that taught me how to forgive myself for things I never thought I could forgive myself for. It taught me how to trust people more.”
• Said John McCarthy of Assumption Parish, Spokane: “For me, ND vision increased my appreciation of the Mass. The Mass intertwines aspects of praise, confession, memory, sacrifice, and mission, which all is focused on the Eucharist. And the Eucharist reveals vocation!”
• Katie Glatt, a junior at Gonzaga Prep from St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley, characterized ND Vision as “a wonderful week of making new friends who share the same faith and similar stories of being a young Catholic youth.”
Whether or not you have been active in your parish or campus ministry, feel strong in your faith or have more questions than answers, you are invited to participate in ND Vision.
(For more information on ND Vision 2016, contact Deacon Dan Glatt at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish at 509-747-7213. Deacon Glatt is available to visit parishes and youth groups to talk about ND Vision, as well as how to participate as part of a group or individually in one of the four summer session that is offered by ND Vision. To learn more, check out ND Vision online at: vision.nd.edu)
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