Green Bay Youth Conference set for June 5 at shrine in Champion

ALLOUEZ — The Diocese of Green Bay’s Office of Child and Youth Faith Formation is sponsoring the Green Bay Youth Conference (GBYC) on Saturday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. GBYC is a high school conference for students in grades 9-12. 

The theme of the conference is “The Joy of the Call,” which reflects on the baptismal call to serve the Lord, according to Callie Kowalski, child and faith formation assistant director. 

“Our young people need to see a joyful church and that each person has a call to holiness and a vocation within the church,” said Kowalski. “In a time where so many people are questioning their identity, we — as the Catholic Church — want to provide an avenue of discernment for them that is holy, healthy and joyful.”

The conference also seeks to build up a culture of vocations, “from holy families and marriages to priests and religious,” Kowalski said, “so we partnered with the Vocations Office this summer to showcase the wide range of callings that our church has to offer.” 

Three sessions during the day will explore the call to holiness and vocations. These include:

  • “Introduction to the call of holiness/missionary discipleship,” presented by Taylor Geiger, vocation coordinator for the Diocese of Green Bay.
  • “Joy in community,” presented by Sr. Marie Therese, a member of the Missionaries of the Word since 2016.
  • “Following Jesus wherever he calls you,” by Fr. Mark Mleziva, vocation director for the Diocese of Green Bay.

The GBYC will also feature music by Sonar Worship, a Catholic band from St. Paul, Minn., breakout sessions for young men and women, youth outreach leadership and a live podcast recording. The day concludes with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a eucharistic procession and Mass celebrated by Bishop David Ricken. Lunch will be provided for participants.

“Young people should attend because this day provides a chance to be removed from the busyness of our lives to be able to hear the voice of God and what he is calling us to in the church,” said Kowalski. “GBYC will provide some tools and insight to follow his call for our lives.” ?

The conference will follow all diocesan COVID-19 directives, including required use of face masks (provided if needed) and social distancing. Students must register with a parish or school group. If students wish to attend independently from a group, they must register with an adult chaperone, parent or guardian.

The registration fee is $25. The deadline for registration is May 17 and should be completed by the parish or school group leader. Priests, clergy and religious are free. To register online, visit gbresourcews.org/gbyc.html. For more information, contact Maximus Cabey at  [email protected] or Callie Kowalski at [email protected]