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Generation Life teens proclaim the Gospel of Life at March for Life

Teens on the Generation Life pilgrimage shared their excitement at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. About 2,100 teens and others attended the annual pilgrimage, sponsored by the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

As the crowd swelled and the chants rose, Jill Stinehart was feeling energized as the March for Life in Washington, D.C., commenced.

"I believe — we love life," chanted the teens with the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Generation Life pilgrimage filled the streets.

'Limitless' at Steubenville Mid-America Conference

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Bishop Edward Rice processed to every corner of JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri, during Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Faith brought more than 3,000 youth from around the United States to Springfield, Mo., this past weekend.

Since 1999, Steubenville Mid-America, an annual Catholic youth conference organized by the the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry in partnership with Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, has had one goal in mind: to challenge high school students to enter into a deeper relationship with God and and their Catholic faith.

Students grow in faith through prayer, community, service during summer break

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Emilee Richie, deep in prayer, knelt at adoration at the XLT praise and worship event June 17 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson. Richie and other teens are finding ways to remain involved in their faith over the summer break. “God doesn’t stop loving so why would we stop loving Him?” asked Richie.

Bright and early on a summer morning, seven teenagers stroll into your parish's daily Mass. You do a double take, blink a few times, but they're still there. Aren't they usually sleeping? Playing video games? Letting each day roll lazily by?

Some teens might, but not those from St. Louis LifeTeen. They're among the many St. Louis area youth groups in full swing, morning to evening, throughout summer break.

Prayer and Community

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.

Conceived in rape, Ryan Bomberger shares message of unity, diversity

Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, spoke to GenLifeSTL youth Jan. 23. Bomberger, a product of rape, was adopted and given the chance to live and be loved because his birth mother chose life.

Wearing a T-shirt with the hashtag #AllLivesMatter, Ryan Bomberger took to a stage in front of 2,000 teens to explain why he was wearing that message on his shirt.

"I am the 1 percent that is used to justify 100 percent of abortion," said Bomberger, who spoke to St. Louis teens attending the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry's Generation Life pilgrimage in Washington D.C.

Generation Life hits the road

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Caitlyn Gund hugged her mom Stacy before she borded a bus to Washington, D.C.  It will be the first time the sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy has participated in the March for Life.  Thirty nine busses filled with teens, young adults and chaperones left St. Louis to begin the Generation Life STL Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Two hundred students from Cor Jesu Academy departed from school and will drive all night in order to arrive in time for the March for Life.  They will join an estimated crowd of over 500,000 people from across the country who gather each year on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision to legalize abortion.

On a chilly afternoon, under a few brief bursts of warmth from the sun, students at Cor Jesu Academy scurried about as they prepared to leave for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual event commemmorates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand. 

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