Youth Speak News

{mosimage}TORONTO - Nearly 60 teenagers in the Toronto region spent part of their weekend promoting peace and unity in the 2008 Run4Unity on May 10.

While the event, run by members of the Focolare Movement, took place around the world,  Toronto youth gathered at St. Jerome’s Catholic Elementary School to participate in games, sports and songs.

Youth March for Life

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - For many youth attending their first annual March for Life in Ottawa May 8-9, the experience of solidarity with other pro-life students was overwhelming.

Joining about 7,800 other youth, adults and religious, many teens invented chants such as “They ask us who we are? PRO-LIFE. They want to know what we know? PRO-LIFE,” which they repeated over and over through the streets of downtown Ottawa.

A taste of Africa at OCY banquet

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{mosimage}TORONTO - When the theme for this year’s annual Catholic youth banquet was announced a year ago, Abigail Iseyemi, 17, said she started thinking right away about what she would wear. Although born in Canada, Iseyemi appreciates her parent’s Nigerian traditions and was eager to share that with other young Catholics.

High school students reach out to special needs teens

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Nicole Alvarez would have never imagined spending her final year of high school initiating a program for students with physical and mental difficulties.

Yet despite the heavy grade 12 workload, Alvarez found herself starting the Best Buddies program at Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School in Toronto.

Righteous B is hip-hoppin' to the faith

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TORONTO - With a new face for its annual “Faith Day,” Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto gave students a taste of the Gospel with a hip-hop beat.

Living an ecumenical relationship

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Ecumenical relationships are an undisputed reality. Yet many couples, split by denomination, remain united in purpose. Peggy Li and Raymond Leung are two young adults who make their inter-church relationship work, built upon a foundational understanding of human dignity and the beauty of religious tradition.

Youth office extends WYD event registration

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The Office of Catholic Youth has extended early-bird registration for the local World Youth Day event until May 15.

Ministry of youth, poverty

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The Redemptorists have made a home for themselves in downtown Toronto — a location ideal for the many youth projects they lead on poverty and justice.

St. Joseph's youth continue Mass tradition

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Youth from parishes across the eastern section of the archdiocese of Toronto took part in a regional Mass at St. Joseph’s Church on March 30.

The St. Joseph’s Youth Group hosted the Mass, eucharistic adoration and a reception that took place in the parish hall immediately following the Mass.

Chaplain leaves his mark at Saint Mary's

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{mosimage}HALIFAX - Deacon Dan Kelly, S.J., 41, of Campbell’s Bay, Que., has been the chaplain at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax since September 2007.

Kelly has implemented many changes to put the chaplaincy centre on the map at the university, such as hosting more activities in the chapel, like movie nights, and an attempt at launching a video contest on Gospel values at Saint Mary’s. Unfortunately, the contest lacked participation, but Kelly plans to try again in the fall.

 

Discovering how to be loved again

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{mosimage}CALGARY - Colette Martinez is the proud mother of baby girl Gemma, named after St. Gemma Galgani of Italy. Yet, the innocence and beauty that Martinez sees in the face of her newborn daughter is something that was abruptly taken away from her as a young girl.