In the middle of their summer vacations, 13 O'Connell students, including five incoming freshmen, joined up with our school chaplain, Fr. Gregory Thompson, and religion teacher, Mr. Dennis Dwyer, for a three-day youth conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). The annual Steubenville Youth Conferences bring over 50,000 Catholic teens together at conferences around the country to experience the joy of following Christ.
"The conference theme was 'Elevate,' and included dynamic speakers, great praise and worship music along with powerful encounters with the Lord in the celebration of Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunities to go to confession," said O'Connell's chaplain, Father Thompson.
You can find out more about these conferences at steubenvilleconferences.com/youth.
Pictured below is the O'Connell group at the conference, joined by their diocesan friends from St. Mark's (Vienna) youth ministry.