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Teen Rebecca felt the presence of God at her confirmation retreat

For Rebecca Berkemeier, still waters run deep. Any given day might find this rising Jackson Lumen Christi freshman playing saxophone, running cross country, checking Pinterest, watching Netflix or hanging out with close friends. In her last year of middle school, she participated in music ministry and Builders’ Club, and earned the Service Award for her class. The youngest of a musical family, Becca especially loves worship music because it opens channels to a deeper connection with God.

Standing up for right - even when it's not convenient

Stranded on the highway for life

Grace Benz had heard about the March for Life from her older siblings, and she couldn’t wait to experience the annual event firsthand with her eighth-grade class from Spiritus Sanctus Academy (SSA) in Plymouth. But she got more than she bargained for when the group wound up in the middle of a snowstorm that delayed their return – and allowed Grace to trust God in a whole new way.

Singing is praying twice: Ciara's trip to sing at St. Peter's Basilica

For Ciara Ferris and her family, 2016 began on a high note that is still gracing their lives. As an eighth-grader at St. Francis of Assisi school, Ciara traveled with her choir to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica for the 2016 New Year’s Day Mass, and her parents and younger sister got to go along.

“Every five years, we get invited,” says Ciara.

The well-respected choir participated in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores, an organization that brings together Catholic youth choirs from around the world.


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