Marist Youth Lock-In A Success
October 18, 2017, 9:59 am
Almost two centuries ago in France, a young assistant priest, Marcellin Champagnat, was moved by the death of a 17 year old peasant boy who had almost no concept of the Christian faith. Upon this child’s passing, Champagnat made it his life’s calling to ensure that children would learn to live a hard working life centered around God’s love.
In an effort to learn more about Saint Marcellin and the true meaning of being Marist, several Saint Joe juniors and seniors attended the 2017 Marist Youth Gathering at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY this summer themed Awaken Holy Fire. Aptly themed, our students returned to our campus ready to set the Word on fire.
“When our students came back they wanted to create a lock-in with the same talks and they wanted to share what they learned. They just really got it. They really were on fire,” said Celeste Solis, Director of Admissions and one of the Marist Youth moderators.
Inspired by their experience, the students that attended this summer’s conference hosted their very first lock-in on Friday, October 13before going out into the community to perform charitable works with local organizations as they do every fall during Marist Day of Service. “Going to the lock-in was an amazing experience, “said junior Carolina Del Pozo. “ We were able to do a lot of the activities they did in New York. Although I didn’t go, it kind of felt like you went.” Approximately 60 students had the opportunity to sit among their peers, work on activities, pray and listen to community leaders share what it means to serve others.
Del Pozo added that she felt a real connection to all of the speakers, in particular SJA graduate Carmina Buentello. “She kept reminding us that everybody has their difficulties but at the end of the day we always have to have faith in God and be happy because that’s the only way to fully live life.”