Young adult Emerging conference to merge with Dallas Diocese’s THRIVE this year

By Juan Guajardo

Correspondent

October 30, 2014

The Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas are combining their efforts and resources to draw in larger numbers to an annual conference aimed specifically at Catholics in their 20s and 30s. Called THRIVE, the young adult conference will take place Nov. 14-15 at St. Ann Parish in Coppell.

Titled “Transforming Our Culture,” the conference will also offer Adoration, confession (on both days), four keynote talks, several workshops (including some in Spanish), and plenty of time for creating connections among the young adults of both dioceses. This year, THRIVE, which has been sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas in the past, is merging with the Diocese of Fort Worth’s young adult Emerging conference. By merging the two conferences, organizers hope to draw 600 young adults this year.

“Christianity has been spread throughout the world for a long time now, but there are many people who are Christian or Catholic in name, and they aren’t living their faith as ‘out-loud’ as they could be in the places where they work and socialize,” said Jeff Hedglen, diocesan coordinator of Young Adult Ministry, explaining that the focus of this year’s conference is more on the New Evangelization and how to live out one’s faith, despite the challenges the culture presents.

“These young adults are immersed in the culture,” Hedglen added. “Let’s give them some inspiration and some tools to know how to transform the culture in which they live, so it doesn’t dictate how they act,” he said, saying he hopes the conference will help them be able to demonstrate how to live a holy life within the context of a secular world.

THRIVE’s coordinating team, made up of young adult and youth ministers from both dioceses and two priests from Dallas, hopes to spread that message far and wide. The conference will feature nationally-recognized keynote speakers including Matt Fradd, a renowned Catholic apologist; Jimmy Mitchell, a Catholic artist and speaker for Mysterium Records and Books; and Sister Maria Cecilia, OP. Music will be led by Dave Moore, a Catholic singer and songwriter from Corpus Christi. THRIVE will have male- and female-specific workshops, too.

Josh Schwartz, director of young adult ministry for Prince of Peace Parish in Plano, said he and the rest of the coordinating team expect the conference to be “even better than last year.”

“I think we just want to see an explosion of young adult ministry across both dioceses,” Schwartz said. “We want to see people lit on fire and knowing that there’s really something happening; there’s a groundswell for young adult ministry, and that there are going to be outlets for them to connect with other Catholics, to grow deeper in their faith together…after they leave that conference, so they can go get plugged in at their parishes.”

The cost of the conference is $40 until Nov. 11 and includes drinks and snacks on Friday and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Registration at the door costs $60. For more information or to register, visit www.thriveindallas.net.

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THRIVE conference draws 400 young adults from Fort Worth and Dallas dioceses

More than 400 young adults from the dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas converged upon St. Ann Church in Coppell  Nov. 14-15 to participate in the second annual THRIVE Conference.

The Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas are combining their efforts and resources to draw in larger numbers to an annual conference aimed specifically at Catholics in their 20s and 30s. Called THRIVE, the young adult conference will take place Nov. 14-15 at St. Ann Parish in Coppell.

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