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Oct. 25, 2017

By Kelly Donnelly
Diocesan youth ministry director

Saranac Lake - YOUth Lead, the annual leadership weekend retreat for high schoolers was held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at Camp Guggenheim.  This year, 66 teens gathered for the weekend to grow in servant-leadership.

The theme of this year’s weekend was the parable of the sower.  The teens participated in a variety of prayers, workshops, and discussions centered around this parable in regard to leadership.  From looking at how using the gifts God has given each of us to do His will to learning about saints whose lives are good examples of holy leadership, the participants had many opportunities to experience, pray, and discuss how they are each called to be leaders for Christ.

During the weekend, prayers included a walking Lectio Divina reflection, confession, Adoration, and Mass. 
Spending time with other teens who are passionate about living out their faith was another highlight of the weekend.  Whether the youth were playing volleyball, cards, or enjoying conversation with each other, the participants were united in faith and fellowship, building new friendships and enjoying one another’s company.

At the end of the weekend, the teens planted seeds to bring back to their home parishes.  This plant is intended to be a reminder as they go forward that each person is called to be a humble leader in their parishes, serving in whatever way is needed. 

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