2019 High School Youth Conference (SCDYC)
March 7, 2019 - March 10, 2019
ome join over 700 Catholic youth and adults from around the Diocese as we gather on March 8-10, 2019, at the White Oak Conference Center for the 29 th Annual Diocesan High School Youth Conference! The theme for this year is “Power!” We invite you to be part of this exciting and action-packed day. Come learn how we are ‘powered’ by grace, the sacraments, prayer, and the Holy Spirit to live, be, and do the work of God.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
This weekend promises to change your life! Our keynotes for the weekend are going to challenge, encourage, and give you hope! This year’s presenters for the conference are Father Joseph A. Espaillat, Doug Tooke, Lorena Robles and outstanding praise and worship music by the Justin Dery Band. The weekend also will include the Diocesan Youth Evangelization Team leading skits, prayer, and fun games, the Diocesan Missionary Team along with many other speakers leading workshops, and, of course, parishes are given the opportunity to participate in team sports during free time.
Meet the Speakers
Father Joseph A. Espaillat
Priest of the Archdiocese of New York
Growing up in Manhattan, he learned to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Street! He loves ministering the sacraments: Celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and proclaiming the Word of God. He also loves working with youth and helping them encounter Christ. Father J enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as playing softball, basketball, and kickball and enjoys watching movies, writing poetry, and rapping. He is also the founder of the ministry Messengers of Christ.
Musician, speaker, and YouTuber who has been involved in Catholic youth and music ministry for 8 years.
More recently she has been involved in using her bilingual abilities to help bring together the growing and emerging diversity of Catholics in South Carolina. Lorena is a compassionate, bubbly, and tenacious young woman who enjoys sharing laughs over a plate of tacos almost as much as sharing the gospel or hearing about the ways God impacts lives. She currently resides in Pawleys Island with her family working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist.
Director of Ministry with ODB films as well as an adjunct staff member with Life Teen International. Doug specializes in small and combined parish
youth ministry training, resource development and parish coaching. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry he has over twenty years of professional ministry experience. He has traveled to over 100 Diocese in the past 15 years teaching, keynoting conventions, and training youth ministers. He is a recipient of the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.