Lifest 2012 exhibits a lively faith

By | July 18, 2012

Fr. Jewel Aytona, chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, was among Thursday’s speakers. Fr. Aytona, a Father of Mercy, presented “Love and Lust. What is the Difference?” to a large crowd gathered in the venue’s Life Speaking Tent.


According to Chuck Steiner of Life Promotions, Lifest 2012 attracted between 16,000 and 18,000 people. As in years’ past, the diocese operated an exhibit and campsite at the event.



People roar as headline band Switchfoot began performing on July 11, opening night of Lifest in Oshkosh. (Jeannette merten | For The Compass)

It is not only important for the diocese to be present at Lifest, but to engage in dialogue with people of other faiths at the event, said Fr. Daniel Schuster, vocation director for the Diocese of Green Bay.


“We are trying to remind people that Catholics are Christians,” he said. “There is a little bit of confusion about that among some other denominations, because we believe in some things like infant baptism. We believe in committing ourselves to the Lord every day versus that one-time come to Jesus commitment. There is just some dialogue and great conversations that happen.

“Through our works of charity,” he added, “ our presence, our kindness, free hot dogs, people say, ‘Wow, the Catholic Church is a Christian church,’ and we really are one in our baptism. It’s an ongoing progress, ongoing conversation.”

Bishop Ricken called for the congregation to make God number one in their lives as the prophet Amos did in the Sunday’s first reading (Am 7:12-15). He challenged the young people to be prophetic with their peers.

“Sometimes you have to confront your classmates because they are going down the wrong path,” said Bishop Ricken in his homily. “They are not seeking the path of life. They are seeking all kinds of things that are going to lead to dead ends. They are going to get into drugs or alcohol, some addictive process. There is a deep hunger in the heart, brothers and sisters, for the meaning and the significance that only Jesus Christ can give.

“If we don’t have those (hungers) met by God alone, we too will turn into a bitter fruit that cannot give life to others.”

Building Permit provided music at the Mass. Deacon Michael Warden assisted and Fr. Schuster served as master of ceremonies. Seminarians Jacob Rudd, Zach Vosters and Stephen Zepp, the altar servers, received a loud and long ovation from the congregation at the close of the Mass.

“It was a beautiful Mass with great music, a great message and the Eucharist was powerful,” said Fr. Schuster.

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