Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of March 18, 2002
Event drew 1,500 from across Alberta
Several came from neighbouring provinces
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I had a great time with the young people."
- Archbishop Thomas Collins
The youth also heard testimonies from professional athletes, held a dialogue with the archbishop, listened to local musician Mark Mallet, took part in a Christian rock concert and participated in a musical storytelling of the Gospel of Mark. Other performers at the youth program included Youth Alive, a local ensemble of rock music and dancers.
The archbishop answered questions on women priests, celibacy, life and death and the Apocalypse. After the session, he said he plans to answer several questions left unanswered due to lack of time.
"I'm impressed with the depth of the questions," he commented.
Calgary Bishop Fred Henry, who closed the conference March 10, raised eyebrows with his criticism of the war on terrorism.
"The key (to ending terrorism) is to address the root causes that create this fertile soil in which disinherited and disillusioned people are recruited into terrorism," he said. Henry was applauded repeatedly throughout his speech.
Conference organizer John Acheson called the remarks a "challenge to all Catholics that comes right out of the Gospel."
Derek Dyck, a Grande Prairie school trustee, was happy he attended. "It's good to get Catholics together from all over the province," he said. "I learned many things over the weekend that reaffirm my beliefs and open my mind to new ideas."
Barbara Meyers of Hinton called the conference "a great experience." "I enjoyed Bishop (Lawrence) Huculak's talk about the pope's visit to Ukraine."
Mike Oness, a 15-year-old from Okotoks, came to the conference after learning about it from a friend.
"It was a good experience," he said. "I learned a lot about my faith." He liked the testimonies from the athletes and Stenzel's speech on sex. "She is a good speaker. I think I'll stay put until marriage."
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