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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates 40th Annual Youth Convention Mass

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The 40th annual Diocesan Youth Convention was held May 14-16 at the Greenville Convention Center. The event concluded with a closing Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. Music for the liturgy was led by Steve Angrisano, who served as convention keynote speaker and provided an evening of entertainment with his songs.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge noted how educators stress how most people are visual learners; they need to see something to understand it.  He said, Jesus was the perfect teacher. Referring to the Gospel of the day, the Bishop said, “As he ascends to heaven, he sends forth the disciples to be witnesses, telling them not to just report to the people what I have said, but to show them who I am, through the example of your life.”

Bishop Burbidge spoke of how we can learn from the examples God places in our lives. He shared two stories including one involving a cousin who is helping save the life of a one year old girl through a bone marrow transplant. He said, while we may not have the opportunity to save someone’s life, “we do have the opportunity each day to show others the face of Jesus.”

During the Mass, Bishop Burbidge instituted the new Diocesan Youth Board, made up of elected representatives from the eight deaneries. The board will serve for the 2010-2011 school year.

Above: Part of the approximately 700 Catholic teenagers, chaperones and staff attending closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at 40th annual Diocesan Youth Convention.

Below: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge with newly elected members of Diocesan Youth Board for 2010-2011.