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Internationally Known Speaker and Procession through Portland to Highlight 2020 Maine Catholic Youth Convention in April

PORTLAND---Hundreds of Catholic teens from around Maine will gather together in Portland on April 17-19 to celebrate faith, community, and the many gifts that they bring to the Church.

Set for the Holiday Inn by the Bay, the 2020 Maine Catholic Youth Convention will once again feature dynamic presenters, informative workshops, prayer, games, a banquet and dance, and lots of fun. In addition, on Sunday morning, the teens and chaperones will march through Portland from the hotel to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in a public display of their faith. The procession will be followed by a Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, at 10 a.m.

Roy Petitfils will serve as the keynote speaker at the convention. Petitfils is an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. He is a therapist at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has authored five award-winning books, including his latest, Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety and Depression. He is a sought-after speaker who uses humor, passion, and clinical and life experiences to help adults connect with teens and teens to know, understand, and love themselves. He has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a youth minister, teacher, school administrator, and counselor.

Workshop topics set for the convention include the corporate and spiritual works of mercy, morality, grieving loss, living our faith, Catholic beliefs, social media and how to use it on faith journeys, the true presence of the Eucharist, and the Holy Family.

During Saturday night’s banquet, teens and adults who provide an exemplary model of living the Gospel life will be recognized during the convention banquet. St. Timothy Awards are given to high schoolers who exhibit Catholic morals and integrity, demonstrate Gospel values through service to others, and display Christian leadership. Companions on the Journey Awards will be given to adults who demonstrate excellence, leadership, and commitment in service to youth ministry.

All convention registrations are handled through youth ministry coordinators at Maine parishes or through a designated parish adult leader. For more information, contact your local parish or visit www.portlanddiocese.org/olff/youth-convention-2020.