Every year hundreds of Maronite Young Adults, from across the nation look forward to reuniting to attend the National Maronite Young Adult (MYA) Conference. This year we celebrated the 10th National MYA Conference in our nation’s capital, Washington DC. The theme for this year was Maronite Identity and Spirituality.In special attendance were Bishop Gregory Mansour and Chorbishop Seely Beggiani. We were also blessed to have our seminarians from Our Lady of Lebanon Seminary join us, along with ten of our Maronite priests, and the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light.
The weekend began with the Divine Liturgy offered by Bishop Gregory Mansour and concelebrated by Chorbishop Beggiani and other Maronite priests. During the catechetical Liturgy, Chorbishop Beggiani beautifully explained the unique parts of the Maronite Liturgy and shared on the differences between the Maronite and Roman Catholic Liturgy. The Liturgy was well attended, as young adults enthusiastically participated. Following the Divine Liturgy, attendees participated in a number of icebreakers and social activities to get better acquainted.
The attendees also enjoyed small group discussions, prayer and interactive activities to deepen their connection with God and each other. To highlight, one of the guest speakers, Kate Fowler, a Social Media Evangelist, presented ways in which young adults can utilize their social media skills to share their Maronite faith in beautiful and impactful ways. We delved into creating informational and inspirational social media posts about Maronite saints, holy days of obligation, liturgical seasons and Bible verses, in the hopes of stirring up interest in these vital topics. Mrs. Fowler also provided examples of popular Catholic social media accounts, that have successfully and continuously modelled effective ways to evangelize. Since the conference, there has been a significant increase in the awareness of social media tools and its impact on everyday faith and discipleship. MYA members have been intentionally evangelizing online as they create and share uplifting posts to build community and deepen their understanding of the Maronite faith.
We pray that each attendee at the MYA Conference returned to their local parish with excitement and eagerness to inform their peers about their Conference experience. We look forward to having more young adults from around the country join us at next year’s national conference. Stay tuned for more details!
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