In an inspiring witness to the faith, hundreds of young Catholics gathered in Richmond, Virginia over the weekend to participate in diocesan events for both college and high school students.
The Catholic Campus Ministry Summit (Summit) and Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC) are both hosted by the Diocese of Richmond, which serves most of the central and southern parts of Old Dominion.
This year, the annual events took place between Friday February 9 and Sunday February 11 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in the state’s capital. Each Summit and DYC conference consist of a variety of activities, including Mass, adoration, confession, featured talks and workshops, fellowship and service.
Though both events occur simultaneously and at the same location, the college and high school students are largely engaged in their own age-specific activities and join together during certain prayer and entertainment periods.
Throughout the 2024 events, the Diocese of Richmond shared photos and updates on how the young members of the Body of Christ were encountering him during the weekend. Posts shared to X, formerly Twitter, depicted Bishop Barry Knestout offering Mass, students packing box lunches for kids in developing countries and college students promoting Catholic campus ministry to high school seniors.
Others showed fellowship among the youth in attendance and spiritual guidance from Catholic speakers like Mari Pablo. On Saturday February 10, the diocese posted that the second day of the conferences concluded with “the source and summit of all things: Christ, truly present, in Eucharistic adoration.”
Summit and DYC come at the start of another year which finds many Catholics in turmoil about the state of the Church and its leadership, leading many to despair. But the presence of so many young people who came together for prayer and fellowship in one diocese alone serves as a powerful reminder of truth, goodness, beauty and hope.