Youths came from ‘urban centers and rolling prairies’

Check out The Catholic Key blog and postings by editor Jack Smith on the 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference held Nov. 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., co-hosted the conference.

In one of Smith’s entries, you’ll find a photo of a virtual sea of teens processing down a city street led by Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., as they walked from the Sprint Center to the Kansas City Convention Center — two of the venues for the conference. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., led the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Sprint Center. The archdiocesan site also has coverage.

More than 21,000 teenagers and their chaperones from Rochester, N.Y., to Los Angeles — “from urban centers and rolling prairies,” as the diocesan Web site put it — converged on Kansas City, Mo., to learn about their Catholic faith and praise God. The city even issued a proclamation commending the religious, civic and corporate organizers of the conference, which had as its theme “Christ Reigns.”

Cardinal Daniel N. Dinardo of Galveston-Houston delivered a keynote speech. For a full look at the various speakers, workshops, singing groups and more look at the Web site of the conference  and the site of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

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