A crowd that included close to 800 young people of the Diocese of San Jose celebrated the joy of the sacrament of Confirmation on April 16 at Archbishop Mitty High School.
Teens from all over the diocese and beyond, came to celebrate at the event appropriately called JoyCon 2016. It was the first time the Diocese held such a gathering and plans are already underway to make it an annual experience.
“Our theme was focused on Joy,” said Robbie Ocampo, Associate Director Youth and Young Adults, Diocese of San Jose. “That true joy comes from a relationship with Christ. We stressed the difference between worldly happiness versus authentic Christian joy; true joy cannot be extinguished despite one’s circumstance.”
The conference featured 19 workshops. Each workshop was categorized into one of the three themes for the conference: Catholic Social Teaching, Evangelization, and Sacraments. JoyCon’s keynote speaker was Ansel Augustine, D. Min, Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath celebrated Mass with the enthusiastic youth and their families.
“This conference was an opportunity for conversion, formation and evangelization to these young souls,” said Ocampo. “Since the sacrament of Confirmation should catapult their faith to greater heights, we envision to shift this paradigm of a ‘required and necessary’ sacrament, to a sacrament that will inspire discipleship and instill a foundation of strong Catholic identity.”
JoyCon 2017 will be held March 18, 2017. For more information regarding Youth and Young Adult Ministry, please visit www.dsj.org/ym.