PISCATAWAY – The Diocese of Metuchen will host the New Jersey Catholic Young Adult Conference on Jan. 25, 2014 at the Saint John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane. Online registration is available through the diocesan website at www.diometuchen.org/yaconference.
With the theme, “Courageous: Do Not Conform to the Standards of This Age,” the conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a 5 p.m. Mass. It will bring together young adults from across the state, between the ages 18 to 40 – single or married – who are looking for personal growth, spiritual nourishment and the opportunity to meet other young adults. All are welcome.
Co-sponsored by the five Roman Catholic arch/dioceses of New Jersey – Camden, Metuchen, Newark, Paterson and Trenton – the conference is designed to provide young adults with an opportunity to experience the presence of God, grow in their knowledge of the faith, take ownership of the Gospel message and celebrate their Catholic identity.
“Pope Francis has said that being ‘courageous’ is choosing not to conform to the standards of this age,” said Javier Bustamante, director of the Diocese of Metuchen’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “During the day, we will explore that concept further and address some of the ways young adults truly can remain hopeful and joyful as they navigate through the complexities of today’s world.”
Bustamante added that, while the event is sure to draw a number of practicing Catholics, those who may have fallen away from their faith for one reason or another are most welcome to participate and wanted.
“We invite those who are indifferent or suspicious of faith to come and share with us because we want them to see firsthand the reason for our hope and joy,” Bustamante continued. “We won’t try to change their hearts, we will simply witness to our God and He will do the rest.”
Throughout the day, participants will be able to choose from among a number of interactive workshops, one of which will be offered in Spanish, and to enjoy live entertainment from musical guest New Name. The day will offer the opportunity for socializing, fellowship, quiet reflection, prayer, Eucharistic adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The featured keynote speaker will be Marcel Quinones, who serves as Outreach Manager and Volunteer Liaison for the Newark-based Covenant House of New Jersey, the largest provider in the state of services to homeless and at-risk adolescents under the age of 22.
The conference will include a special Catechetical Hour that will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to learn from, interact and pray with several bishops of New Jersey, including: The Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., Bishop of Camden; The Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski, D.D., Bishop of Metuchen; The Most Reverend John W. Flesey, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Newark; and The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton.
The cost to attend is $30 per person; financial assistance is available. Morning refreshments and a light lunch are included. For more information or to register visit http://diometuchen.org/yaconference, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-562-1990 x1627.
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