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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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Spirit Day 2013 Highlight Video (OYYAM – Archdiocese of Vancouver)

Witness the unbridled joy, energy, and hope of the young church in this magnificent highlight video of Spirit Day 2013 – the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It was held on November 2 and 3 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium at Pacific Academy in Surrey.

Spirit Day featured APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music. At over 2,100 participants and close to 150 volunteers, it was our biggest Spirit Day ever.

THIS is why I’m in youth ministry!

 

Sean’s Thank You to Archbishop Miller at Spirit Day 2013

Here’s footage of Sean thanking Archbishop J. Michael Miller at the end of the Spirit Day Mass at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium at Pacific Academy in Surrey on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

In front of over 1,400 people, Sean thanks Archbishop Michael for his witness and leadership and for giving his dad a job.

Spirit Day 2013 Promo Video: SEEK

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2013 – 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 2 and 3 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “Seek”.  At Spirit Day, we’ll be exploring how we can better seek God while allowing Him to seek us as well.

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

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

Youth Day 2013 Promo Video: People, Rise Up!

Here’s the official promo for Youth Day 2011 – our annual rally for high school teens presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Youth Day will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in Port Coquitlam.

Youth Day will feature Mike Patin as the keynote speaker and the Jacob and Matthew Band as the musical guests.

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