Sisters join 20,000+ teens at Kansas City conference

November 24, 2009 by

(From left) Sisters Julie Christensen, Zita Iwuoha and Karen Salsbery staff the Federation of St. Joseph Vocations Booth during the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City last weekend.

(From left) Sisters Julie Christensen, Zita Iwuoha and Karen Salsbery staff the Federation of St. Joseph Vocations Booth during the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City last weekend.

Nine Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia were among the thousands of participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference last weekend in Kansas City, Mo.

Sister Barbara Ellen Apaceller was there with 1,100 youth and sponsors from the Salina Diocese, Sister Beverly Carlin helped in the effort to manage the crowd and Sisters Janet Lander and Julie Christensen helped with the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Vocations Booth. Members of the Leadership Council also came for a very special Diocesan Mass Friday night and the opening session on Saturday morning.

The Vocations Booth was staffed also by Sister Karen Salsbery from Wichita, Sister Zita Iwuoha from Baden and Sister Sarah Heger from St. Louis.

Sisters Julie Christensen, left, and Sarah Heger do Handstands for Vocations as one of the more spontaneous activities to draw teens to their Vocations Booth during the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City last weekend.

Sisters Julie Christensen, left, and Sarah Heger do 'Handstands for Vocations' as one of the more spontaneous activities to draw teens to their Vocations Booth during the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City last weekend.

Sister Julie reports that they had “a wonderful time and many laughs” amid the estimated 21,000 Catholic teenagers who attended the conference from around the country. “The time was joyful and all together worth it,” she said

NCYC is held every two years. In 2011, it is scheduled to be in Indianapolis, Ind.

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4 Responses to “Sisters join 20,000+ teens at Kansas City conference”

  1. Christine Doman,CSJ on December 7th, 2009 11:22 pm

    WOW! Wonderful news of the National Catholic Youth Conference and all the behind the scenes preparation by Barbara Ellen, and helpers Bev, and Julie. The Youth do keep us young at heart! Blessings and thanks.
    Christine

  2. Sr. Beth Stover Class of '64 on December 1st, 2009 10:50 am

    Congratulations to Sr. Barbara Ellen and companions for cultivating enthusiasm for their faith among the youth of the Salina Diocese. Sr. Barbara Ellen, the youth and sponsors had the largest attendance among all the Dioceses in the U.S. When asked by his fellow bishops how he got so many to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference, Bishop Coakley said, “Sr. Barb”!

  3. Loretta Jasper, csj on November 27th, 2009 9:29 am

    And, a special thanks to Sr. Barbara Ellen Apaceller, csj, Diocesan Director of Youth and Member of the CSJ OTM, who has developed and maintained an undaunting presence and reputation on the Diocesan level serving teens, was instrumental in drawing 1000 teens from the Salina Diocese to the NCYC Convention.
    By this time, Barbara Ellen has “parented” the spiritual formation and ministry of multiple generations of youth. A presence ofttimes assumed and overlooked!
    Kudos, blessings and thanks!

  4. Anne M. Reinert on November 24th, 2009 7:59 pm

    WOW way to go, Thanks Anne

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