Kujenga Calls Youth to Be Authentically Black, Catholic

After a two-year absence, the Kujenga Youth Retreat returned this year with many firsts and a focus on Jesus’ words from Luke 9:20: “Who do you say I am?” A total of 80 young people attended this year’s retreat, hosted by the diocesan Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, July 27-29, at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I.

Paying Down Debts Before Saying ‘Yes’

“Yes, there is a vocation crisis, but we have to realize student loans are a substantial inhibitor to our vocations and the people wanting to give their lives,” said Norvilia Etienne, a pre-med student in her final year of study at Queens College.

Mission to Africa

“So often I forget how blessed and fortunate I am to live in America,” says Nia Mendonca. “It seems easy to complain about little things when I forget all that God has given me. Coming to Africa has changed my perspective on life.”

Steubenville NYC

In the midst of all the noise surrounding teenagers – from the virtual world of cellphones and technology, as noted by Pope Francis, to even the physical, saturated noise within the confines of New York City – the Steubenville NYC youth conference made its way once again to St. John’s University, Jamaica, July 20-22. Carnesecca Arena was filled to near-capacity with thousands of high school students from the tri-state area.

Mount Carmel Devotion Spans Cultures, Generations

The closing Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel took place at its namesake parish in Williamsburg July 16 during the peak of summer, but July’s rising temperatures couldn’t take away from an overflowing congregation – mostly first-generation Italian-Americans and Haitian immigrants from around the diocese. They came to honor their Blessed Mother as a devotion that traces throughout cultural and family traditions.