Sherbrooke youth to host four-day faith event

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  • June 12, 2009
{mosimage}Famille Marie Jeunesse will welcome 300 youth to join them for its 20th Youth Council — a bilingual weekend of prayer, skits, teachings and more, taking place June 26-29.

Famille Marie-Jeunesse is a movement of lay and consecrated young people living in community in Sherbrooke, Que. The community follows a Marian and eucharistic spirituality and is one of five similar households around the world.

The Youth Council is a chance for young people to experience and encounter God as well as celebrate faith and come together in joy and friendship. It is similar to the World Youth Days, but with a bigger feeling of family, said Jennifer Lee, the English co-ordinator for the event.

“It’s a good balance of spirituality and fraternity,” she said. “It’s a one-on-one encounter with God through prayer, but it’s also like a summer camp.”

On the Saturday, participants will be able to hear from a variety of speakers on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, including Yves Semen, who is like the French-speaking equivalent of Christopher West.

The event will take place on the community’s property at 319 Queen St. in Sherbrooke. Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 30. To register, visit www.marie-jeunesse.org , call (819) 820-1500 or e-mail famille@marie-jeunesse.org .

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