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EPIC 2017

It's going to be E.P.I.C.!

July 24-28, 2017

Based on 1 Timothy 4:12, this weeklong institute looks to help teenagers continue to develop the skills they need in order to live as disciples of Jesus and to share his Good News with others through personal witness, invitation, and leadership. A strong focus of E.P.I.C. will be helping parish groups of young disciples and their adult youth ministers learn and grow together, so they will be ready to deepen their commitment to full and active participation and leadership in their parishes.

The week is filled with a balance of social time, prayer, learning, sharing, and outdoor activities.

Registration will take place through the parish youth ministry coordinator or designee.

Who:

The institute is intended for high school teens going into their sophomore, junior, or senior years, as well as those newly graduated from high school, accompanied by their youth ministers.  It is strongly recommended that parishes send a minimum of three youth and one adult.

Please note that E.P.I.C. is not a retreat but an institute for the strengthening of youth participation in the parish through their leadership and ministry.  We are excited and ready to welcome young people who are ready to further their development in faith for leadership in the faith community.

Where:

Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 278 Whites Bridge Road in Standish, ME

When:

The week begins with registration at 11:30 am on Monday, July 24, and concludes at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 28, following Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley.  All parents and families, pastors, parish staffs, and leaders of ministry are encouraged to join us for the closing liturgy at 2 p,m.  Please share this information with them!

Cost:

The cost for overnight accommodations, food, activities, and program materials is $260 per participant.  A limited number of scholarships are available. *Discount special:  For parishes needing to send a second adult, the cost the second adult is 1/2 price, $130.

Sessions:

Some learning sessions include:

Being a Proactive Person:  How to Take Responsibility for Your Life
Strengthening Communication Skills
Becoming a "Change Maker": Identifying my Gifts, Recognizing the Needs, and Discerning my Call
Following Jesus:  Our Model for Leadership through the Use of Lectio Divina
Win-Win Negotiation Skills
Future Visioning and Planning for Youth Ministry in your Parish
Developing a Personal Mission Statement

Registration:

Registration is through your parish youth ministry coordinator or designee.

Click here for additional registration information.

Forms:

Code of Behavior
Financial Aid Form
Liability Release Form
Packing List

FMI:

Maureen Provencher at maureen.provencher@portlanddiocese.org