Catholic Teens Living on U.S. Military Installations in Europe Gather for Inspire[D] Youth Conference

AMS partners with Life Teen to put on conference in Schoenstatt, Germany

SCHOENSTATT, GERMANY—One-hundred-forty high school teenagers and chaperones from U.S. Military installations throughout Europe will gather in Schoenstatt, Germany this weekend for a Catholic youth conference organized with support from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Aug. 8-10 conference, called Inspire[D], is being put on by the international Catholic youth ministry, Life Teen, in partnership with the AMS Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.

Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, said the three-day schedule of talks, group discussions, training, celebration, and prayer will help the youths gain a comprehensive focus on key components of Catholic youth ministry, including catechesis, community life, evangelization, service, leadership, pastoral care, and worship. He said the goal is to inspire their contributions to their military-based faith communities.

Dr. Moitoza said:

“Life Teen has used the Inspire[d] theme throughout the year to support Catholic youth ministry at the local level. In military settings the theme is appropriate as young Catholics are continually inspired by the word of God and the challenging sacrifices that military families make every day. This gathering will encourage young people to articulate their witness of faith. Through prayerful discernment they will practice speaking and living as disciples so that they may do the same when they return to US military communities in Belgium, Holland, England, Germany, and Italy. The AMS partnership with Life Teen has fostered a deep sense of Eucharistic adoration among youth and their leaders. They have willing hearts and a deep sense of serving others that inspire all of us to share our Catholic faith too.”

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will celebrate the liturgical moments during the conference, spend time with the young people, and have an opportunity to address them at the retreat center and shrine in Schoenstatt.