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Young adult ministry conference will build on success of prior events

Set for May 20 at St. Francis in Colorado Springs

05/04/2017 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Young adults in their twenties and thirties are invited to the St. John Bosco Young Adult Ministry Conference May 20 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Colorado Springs. Registration is $15 before May 15 and includes lunch and dinner. After May 15, the cost is $20.

“The purpose of the conference is to help young adults grow in their faith, meet new friends, get involved in their parish, ministry or workplaces — to make their faith come alive,” said Salesian Sister Bernadette Mota, director of young adult ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs. The conference, which goes from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., is named after St. John Bosco because he is a patron saint of young people, Sister Bernadette said.

Last year, a young adult retreat was held at Holy Rosary Chapel in Cascade. Roughly 50 people attended, and three-quarters of them have remained involved with young-adult ministry on an ongoing basis, she said.

“It went so well last year, we had to switch it from being a retreat to more of a conference,” she said.

The keynote speakers for this year’s event are Annie and Scott Powell, who run Camp Wojtyla in Berthoud. The Powells were speakers at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

“They are a great, dynamic young couple,” Sister Bernadette said. “They know what young adults are going through.”

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, as five priests will be available to hear confessions during the Holy Hour before lunch. Capuchin Father Bill Kraus will celebrate Mass to conclude the retreat.

For more information and to register, visit

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