Bishop Paul to host second annual “Virtual Youth Retreat” Friday, November 16
CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Youth] — On the evening of Friday, November 16, 2018, His Grace, Bishop Paul will lead a discussion with pre-teens and teens during the second annual diocesan online “Virtual Youth Retreat.” Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in this event, which will be hosted at five diocesan parishes — Saint Mary Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN; Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS; Saint Joseph Church, Wheaton, IL; Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH; and Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia, MI.
“With such a geographically large diocese, it’s quite difficult to bring our youth together in one place as often as we’d like,” explained Priest Benjamin Tucci, Diocesan Youth Director. “His Grace has encouraged us to find new ways to connect with our young people, including the creative use of technology. Following the success of last year’s “virtual retreat,” we’re happy to host this year’s program to bring together our pre-teens and teens with Bishop Paul for an evening video chat.
“During the retreat, youth will have a chance to dialogue with Bishop Paul via teleconferencing, explore ways they can help the Church take the ‘#IAMORTHODOX’ statement highlighted at the 19th All-American Council and put it into practice, connect with other Orthodox Christian youth from around the Midwest Diocese, and explore what it means to be an Orthodox Christian in our daily lives,” Father Benjamin added.
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. CST/8:00 p.m. EST with the opening prayer led by Bishop Paul, who then will address the topic of “Our Life in Christ.”
Bishop Paul encourages as many youth as possible to join him for conversation to understand the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives.