2024-06-12 UNITED STATES

Annual Marist Youth Gathering 2024

The Marist Brothers of the USA Province hosted on May 25–27 the 24th annual Marist Youth Gathering. Over 200 young people, chaperones, and Marist Young Adults from around the USA Province and Canada District gathered at the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus, New York, to participate in a weekend of growth, and prayer.

After arrival and a welcome on Friday, the students showed off what makes their school Marist and learn from each other.

Saturday was full of workshops and a keynote panel, all focusing on the gathering’s theme: “Build Your Kingdom Here”. Among the panelists were Marist brothers Luis and Ryan, and Marist Young Adults Isa and London, who spoked about the idea of building Marist spirit.

Mr. Joe LoGiudice started the day off with a prayer centered on the weekend’s theme. Workshops handled topics such as mental health, journaling, and finding joy, as tools to build the Kingdom of God.

The day wrapped up with a carnival, with ice cream, a 30-foot water slide, inflatable jousting, face painting and more! Night prayer took the Marist youth to the campfire, where they reflected on their day.

Sunday started with Morning Prayer at the river. Students got to hear from a second panel, which included Marist educators Ms. Abbey Hipkin and Andrés Novella, Marist Young Professional Cesar Oñate, and Ellen Salmi van Cleef the Associate Director of Evangelization for the USA province. After finishing the final round of workshops, it was the 24th annual Champagnat games.

After a moment of rest, the group celebrated Mass together. To cap off the night and the weekend, there was prayer and party. Afterwards, the group went into a transformed gym for Taize prayer, giving the group the space to reflect on all the weekend brought them.

On Monday, the group gathered a final time to prepare for the journey home. Br. Dan O’Riordan, Provincial, sent them off with an address, asking them to walk the walk, and put everything they learned about into action.

As always, this year’s Marist Youth Gathering gave a chance for Marist Youth from all over to get together, learn from each other, and see they are a part of something bigger than themselves.

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