15th anniversary of Abbey Youth Festival set for Saturday, March 21

00121214youthabbyThe Office of Youth Ministry has chartered a bus to bring young people from Jackson and Brookhaven to Abbey Youth Fest (AYF) in Covington, La., Saturday, March 21, 2015. The cost remains at $35 per person.
Early registration now through Jan. 14 is $30 per person and includes a T-shirt and a water bottle. Registration from Jan. 15 through March 4 is also $30 and includes a T-shirt. On-site registration on March 21 is $35.
Participants may pack their own food and drinks or order online when they register.
“Abbey Fest is an incredible opportunity to see how big the young church is,” said Nick Adam, a seminarian who has been the emcee for the event. “More than 5,000 teenagers from around the southeast came last year, and it really is a great chance to celebrate your faith and have a great time! Plus, as a graduate, I can say that if you have not seen St. Joseph Abbey, you are missing out,” he added.
Andrew Bowden, a first year seminarian for the Diocese of Jackson, also encouraged young people to consider the trip. “I still remember getting out of the vehicle and being awestruck at the sea of young Catholics there the first time I participated in AYF. Growing up Catholic in Mississippi is not easy. We have one of the lowest percentages of Catholics in the country and AYF is a great reminder that we are not alone in our faith,” said Bowden, who is a student at St. Joseph this year.
“This is such a great opportunity for our young people to see lots of other Catholics their age and to enjoy a wonderful day. Typically, Mississippi has the largest out-of-state group at Abbey Youth Fest and I would like to see that trend continue,” said Kathie Curtis, director for the Office of Youth Ministry. Curtis added that she would like to hear from all the youth groups attending, even ones not riding the bus.
To reserve spots on the bus or report a group attending, contact Curtis, 601-949-6934, kathie.curtis@jacksondiocese.org.