Events for adults, teens to attract more than 3,200
Gathering, Youth Jam set
By Renae Bauer
More than 3,200 adults and teens are expected to take part in
activities sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese Oct. 3-4 at St.
Norbert College, De Pere.
During the day Friday and Saturday, adults from Wisconsin and
surrounding states will hear nationally recognized speakers, build
professional skills and deepen their faith at the 20th annual The
Teens in grades 6-12 will pick up the beat Saturday evening at
Youth Jam 2003. The event will include live music, dance and
Both events are funded in part through the annual Bishop's
Some 200 speakers will make presentation at the hundreds of
workshops scheduled for The Gathering, which is open to school or
parish leaders, ordained or professed religious members, lay people
or people of other denominations.
Opening ceremonies for The Gathering begin at 9 a.m. Friday in
Schuldes Sports Center, followed by four rounds of sectionals. The
day closes with Eucharistic Exposition at Old St. Joseph Church on
campus. On Saturday, there will be morning prayer at 8:45 a.m. in
Walter Theatre, followed by five rounds of sectionals. The event
will close at 4 p.m. with Mass in Old St. Joseph Church.
Friday at lunch, the St. Mary Catholic Central Jazz Band from
Menasha will perform Big Band music in Sensenbrenner Union
Cafeteria. On Saturday, the Rhapsody Ringers handbell choir from
St. Bernard Parish in Appleton will entertain over the lunch hour
in VandenHeuvel Family Center.
Keynote speakers at The Gathering are:
Dcn. Michael Cullen, the parish director for six parishes in
the Rib Lake area.
Fr. John Cusick, the Chicago Archdiocese's director of young adult ministry, who also teaches at Loyola University's Niles College, the college seminary for the Archdiocese.
Bobby Fisher, musician, composer, author and the music
director at St. Agnes Parish in Fort Wright, Ky.
Sharon Hueckel, director of administration at Our Lady of the
Assumption Parish in Claremont, Calif., and is the author of
Three Little Books on stewardship. She has worked for 10 years
in stewardship and development.
Mike McCoy, former Green Bay Packer and the national director
of Champions for Today, which lines up former National Football
League athletes to speak in school assemblies on topics relevant to
Sr. Glenn Ann McPhee, OP, secretary for education at the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and an
experienced educator at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate
and graduate levels.
Fr. Bruce Nieli, CSP, former director for evangelization at
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.
Headlining acts at Youth Jam are:
Chris Padgett, lead singer of the band Scarecrow and Tinmen
and solo performer and speaker.
Scarecrow and Tinmen, which has appeared at Youth Jam several
times and has performed at World Youth Day in Toronto, the National
Catholic Youth Conference, and the National Conference on Catholic
Concentus, winners of Appleton's Battle of the Bands
competition held in May. These Xavier High School students are Eric
Noll, Nick Tseffos, Russ Oleszko and Patrick Wilz.