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Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Trust has appeal for young adults

Ukrainians led the singing at a gathering at the Taizé Community in Taizé, France. The community includes more than 100 brothers -- Catholics and Protestants from about 30 nations.  The community serves as a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Young people have been coming to Taizé in increasing numbers from every continent. Church leaders, including St. John Paul II, have visited.

James Comninellis and Brian Miller were impressed by the sights and sounds of Taizé, France, and are helping to replicate it in St. Louis.

Young adults 'Encounter' Christ


Fabian Gonzalez, of Rogers, Ark., fell from his faith after high school, partly because there was little to keep him involved in the Church after receiving the sacrament of confirmation his senior year.

That changed when a friend invited him to join XLR8 (prounounced "exhilarate"), a young adult group being formed at their parish.

Gonzalez is now vice president of the seven-member group. "It's helping me not just to find faith, but I'm going back to school, too," he said.

Brian Miller named director of Catholic Youth Apostolate

Brian Miller, director of young adult ministry for the archdiocese, has been named executive director of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the archdiocese.

Brian Miller, director of young adult ministry for the archdiocese, has been named executive director of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the archdiocese.

The apostolate oversees the Office of Youth Ministry, Office of Young Adults, CYC Sports and the REAP (Retreat, Evangelization and Prayer) Team. A recent change moves Catholic Scouting to a function of the Office of Youth Ministry under the direction of Tom Lancia.

The move of the Office of Scouting to youth ministry makes the structure similar to that used in most other dioceses across the country.

Young adults and speakers reflect on living out an 'encounter' with Christ

As the first Encounter young adult conference in the country came to an end, the speakers and young adults reflected on what they learned during the weekend and how they will incorporate that into their lives back in their home communities across the country.

Young adults receive spiritual nourishment during their first night of Encounter weekend

The Encounter conference speakers answered young adults' questions during a question-and-answer panel Saturday afternoon.

Having an encounter with Christ and receiving spiritual nourishment were two of the main themes abundant during the opening night of the Encounter young adult conference this weekend.


Pilgrims from Brazil and the Archdiocese of St. Louis met together during a vocations fair at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Despite their internal engines running on empty, St. Louis pilgrims who returned late last month from World Youth Day were more than excited to share moments from their journey to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Almost two dozen participants landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport late in the morning on July 30. As they rounded the corner from the terminal into the baggage claim area, pilgrims raced to greet their families who were anxiously awaiting their arrival.

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