Below is Kelly's speech that she wrote after spending a week at Notre Dame University for a leadership program. This is only a small part of what she wanted to share. She was sent from our church to represent the teens from our parish. I continue learning from my children every day.
"True courage is not the absence of fear, but the absence of self." My name is Kelly and this past week I learned what true courage really is. Along with 3 other teens from this church and 500 nationally, I had the privilege of attending the Life Teen Youth Leadership Conference at Notre Dame University. We spent a week on the beautiful campus learning more about what it really means to be catholic. By the end of the week I had so much more knowledge about our catholic faith and the desire to share it with anyone and everyone. But most importantly, I realized that the youth of the church is responsible for the future of the church. With this responsibility, I encourage everyone to learn a little more about their faith. But most of all, embrace all of the wonderful teens of this parish because we are the future.