Made for More: Convivio 2018

FAIRFIELD– “Made for More” is the theme of this year’s CONVIVIO, the diocesan youth rally that has drawn almost 200 young people to the Edgerton Center of Sacred Heart University for a weekend of prayer and activities.

“We live in a world that offers us so many different paths and ways to find happiness and fulfillment in life. But we all know in the depths of your heart that these only give us temporary relief. Our longings and desires are much deeper and we are in fact ‘made for more’ said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in his opening letter to participants.

“I pray that your time at CONVIVIO may be an opportunity for you to find what you are searching for and to encounter and follow the Lord.”

The bishop, who was unable to join the young people for this year’s conference, also sent a video greeting and reflection to the young people who have gathered for the three-day celebration of faith.

CONVIVIO is a weekend conference for high school aged students and includes dynamic talks, group discussion, and activities led by peer ministers of their own age. The event also includes games, prayer, and worship.

Held all over the world for many years, and in the last nine years, CONVIVIO has attracted teens from all over Connecticut, various parts of the country, and even abroad.

Over the weekend, the teens have also been hearing from a former Generation Life missionary, a speaker from World Youth Alliance, and other surprise panelists.

Mapi Cederna, a member of the Marian Community of Reconciliation that planned and coordinated the events, said ”CONVIVIO would not be possible without the help of so many people, who generously and selflessly give of their time, energy and talents to help participants come closer to the Lord Jesus.”

She said volunteers are helping in many ways throughout CONVIVIO by praying before the Blessed Sacrament, ushering, hospitality, registration, setting up classrooms for activities, supervising activities, security and more.

CONVIVIO is sponsored by the Faith Formation office of the Diocese of Bridgeport and supported by the Marian Community of Reconciliation, Sacred Heart University.

Photos by Michelle Babyak