DSC_0031Saint Viator High School students made up the largest of eight delegations at this year’s Viatorian Youth Congress, which wrapped up Thursday.

Led by Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, a Viatorian associate, they included 10 student delegates, two student leaders, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, ’07, and Annie Nagel ’14, who served as one of two college students co-directing the congress as young adult coordinators.

Mr. John Paulik and Fr. Corey Brost participated in the group interview portion of the congress.

Mr. John Paulik and Fr. Corey Brost participated in the group interview portion of the congress.

They convened for four days with 80 teens and young college students—representing all the places where Viatorians minister—at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington for an event that is part retreat, part youth rally, and part leadership conference.

Throughout the congress, teens engage in small-group discussions and sit in on keynote presentations and prayer workshops, while attending daily Mass and having opportunities to interact with nearly two dozen Viatorian associates, brothers, and priests who are involved.

Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, '73 talks about his background with the Viatorians during a group interview that included Mary O'Connell '16, left.

Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, ’73 talks about his background with the Viatorians during a group interview that included Mary O’Connell ’16, left.

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, returned for his eighth consecutive year. He founded the congress back when he served as vocations director for the Viatorian Community. Initially, he designed it as a way to bring together teens from various Viatorian sites, but increasingly he has seen its impact on young people who take what they learn back to their home schools and parishes.

Annie Nagle '14 serves as young adult coordinator of this year's Viatorian Youth Congress with Patrick Waller, a parishioner of St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas.

Annie Nagle ’14 serves as young adult coordinator of this year’s Viatorian Youth Congress with Patrick Waller, a parishioner of St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas.

Ultimately, he says, the experience stays with delegates and young adult leaders long after they leave the congress and even prompts them to become involved in campus ministry in college.

“The VYC helps our young faith leaders realize that they are part of a worldwide family,” Fr. Brost says, “that is changing the world.”