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Bad Joke Telling with Archbishop J. Michael Miller

While Archbishop Michael has a lot of serious responsibilities, I’m blessed to see his lighter side in working with him on a regular basis.

Thus, I was thrilled when he agreed to face off with me in a Bad Joke Telling contest.

See who prevails in this ultimate showdown.

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Spirit Day 2015 Promo Video: “Worthy”

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2015 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. It will be held on November 7 and 8 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “Worthy”. Each of us is respectfully and wonderfully made. At Spirit Day, we’ll explore how we are created in the image and likeness of God; we are worthy because He is worthy.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and WAL (formerly known as the Jacob and Matthew Band) leading music.

“Shine Your Light” written and performed by WAL, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Video created by Matthew Furtado.

For more info and to register, visit http://www.oyyam.com

 

12 Years a Director

12 years ago with Father Mark
12 years ago with Father Mark

It was 12 years ago today, on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 that I replaced Father (now Bishop) Mark Hagemoen as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.  I was excitable, passionate, and eager to learn.  And I had no idea what the Lord had in store for me.

As an aside, I can’t really remember why I started on a Tuesday and not the Monday prior.  Maybe it had to do with my former employer PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Or perhaps it had to do with staffing issues at the Archdiocese.  But I digress.

I inherited a staff consisting of Gerard Garcia, Pat Gillespie, Analyn Perez, and Rob Mascitti.  We quickly hit it off, as I knew all of them reasonably well – and in Gerard’s case, very well – through my involvement with the archdiocese while I was serving as the parish youth ministry coordinator at St. Paul Parish in Richmond.

What impressed me right away was the dedication and commitment that the staff had to their work and their ministry.  It truly was a dream job to be paid to do what I loved:  youth ministry!

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How I Know God’s Building

sd14aLast Friday night, I had the opportunity to address 150 of our Spirit Day volunteers at their orientation prior to the big event on Saturday and Sunday.  The majority of these volunteers were in grades 10, 11, and 12.

“How many of you went to Spirit Day as a grade 7 student?” I asked.

I’d guess that 75% – 80% of the students raised their hands.

I continued, “So why are you volunteering this weekend?”

“To give back,” one student replied.

“So the grade 7s can experience the same joy that I did when I attended,” answered another.

“To make new friends.”

“To share my gifts.”

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Spirit Day 2014 Promo Video: “God’s Building”

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2014 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 8 and 9 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “God’s Building”. Each of us is God’s building with Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone. At Spirit Day, we’ll be exploring how God’s spirit lives within us and how God is building us up to be strong witnesses of our faith.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music.

“Your Love” written and performed by the Jacob and Matthew Band, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Video created by Chris Estrella.

For more info and to register, visit http://www.oyyam.com