By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — As the Year of Mercy comes to a close, high school-age youths will be able to learn about corporal and spiritual works of mercy and put them to use at the 2016 Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC). The conference, “Signed. Sealed. Delivered for Mercy” will take place Nov. 19-20 in St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center.
DCYC is a biennial conference that seeks to help youths grow in their faith and their ability to live as disciples of Jesus in the world today. DCYC fosters in youths their identity as members of the church of the Diocese of Davenport and the universal Catholic Church. In many ways, organizers say, DCYC is like a mini, personalized National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) where teens can have a deep and meaningful experience of their Catholic faith and its relevance to their everyday lives. The overnight event features keynote speeches, breakout sessions, eucharistic adoration, Mass, service opportunities and fellowship.
The keynote speaker, Robert Feduccia, has been involved in ministry since he was a teenager. Contemplating a calling to priesthood, he was mentored by Benedictine monks in the art of contemplative prayer and studied theology at Catholic University of America. Ultimately, he felt called to marriage and family life rather than holy orders. He has since served as a parish youth minister, a staff member of St. Meinrad in Indiana, and launched the Youth Liturgical Leadership Program. He has served as development editor for St. Mary’s Press and general manager for the contemporary music division of Oregon Catholic Press. He has spoken at Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Convention on several occasions and has served on the planning committees for NCYC and for the U.S. bishops’ World Youth Day efforts.
Don Boucher, director of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, has known Feduccia for years and said he has a relatable, down-to-earth way of explaining complex subjects to youths. Feduccia’s keynote presentations will touch on different aspects of mercy.
The worship leader, Mathias Michael, is a former winner of the NCYC Top Talent competition and has worked with youths in the Diocese of Davenport previously. Boucher said Michael was well received at the time and Boucher is looking forward to having him back.
Four awards will be presented at the conference: two St. Timothy awards for outstanding youths involved in ministry, and two St. Don Bosco awards for adults involved in youth ministry. Download nomination forms at www.davenportdiocese.org/awards.
Early bird registration for DCYC is $85 by Oct. 28. Regular registration is $90; participants must register by Nov. 12. Cost includes conference fee, meals, lodging and shirt. To register, contact your parish youth ministry or religious education leader. An adult track will be available; details will be released in the next few weeks.