Music ministers lead a worship and praise session before Mass on Saturday.
Participants get into the spirit of the event.
Father Joe Fitzgerald, diocesan vocations director, processes with fellow clergy.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan, assisted by seminarian Chris Heller, arrives to celebrate Mass.
A deacon proclaims the Gospel.
Bishop Brennan delivers his homily.
Youth ministry members from St. William the Abbot, Seaford, have a bird's-eye view of the Mass from the upstairs bleachers.
Bishop Brennan prays over the gifts.
Patrick O'Brien, right, and youth leader Michael Clauberg pray with fellow members of the youth ministry at St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches.
Bishop Brennan distributes Communion.
Colleen Moulder of St. William the Abbot, Seaford, receives Communion.
Van Griffith from St. Joseph, Babylon, receives Communion.
Students from Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, enjoy praise and worship music after Mass.
Bishop Brennan poses for a photo with, from left, Father Fitzgerald, Father Sean Magaldi and seminarians Chris Heller and Stephen Rooney.
Chastity educator Rachel Leininger addresses the young women.
Chastity educator Jason Evert addresses the young men.
Participants listen attentively to the presentation.
Participants stand with arms around each other as they listen to a reflection.
A participant spends quiet time in a temporary chapel.
A participant marks a banner created to track the number of people who have received the sacrament of reconciliation during the weekend.
Father Liam McDonald, chaplain at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, joins students in prayer.
Father Sean Magaldi answers faith questions posed to him by a group of young people.
Bishop Brennan introduces Nolan Reynolds, the Diocese of Rockville Centre's new youth ministry director, to participants from the diocese.
Conference participants from the Diocese of Rockville Centre pose for a group photo.
Text and photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was represented by more than 170 teenagers, youth ministers, priests, seminarians, chaperones and volunteers at the Steubenville NYC youth conference, held July 20-22 at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens.
The faith-focused event—which featured Mass, Eucharistic adoration, opportunities for reconciliation, praise and worship music, presentations and small-group discussions—drew 1,850 participants from seven states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Ohio.
Rockville Centre youth groups attending this year’s conference included: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach; Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook; St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches; St. Joseph, Babylon; St. Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue; St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage; St. Patrick, Smithtown; St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa; St. William the Abbot, Seaford; and Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan, an alumnus of St. John’s, returned to his alma mater to preside at the Saturday morning Mass at Carnesecca Arena. Father Joseph Fitzgerald, diocesan vocations director, and Father Sean Magaldi of St. Patrick Church, Smithtown, joined nearly 40 other priests to concelebrate the liturgy. Seminarians Stephen Rooney and Chris Heller assisted at the service.
The conference, one of several held around the nation, was presented by Life Teen and sponsored by Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.