The 2021 DYC, scheduled for Feb. 6, will be livestreamed on diocesan social media platforms.
The 2021 DYC, scheduled for Feb. 6, will be livestreamed on diocesan social media platforms.

The annual Diocesan Youth Conference is all about helping young people make connections – with God and each other by bringing teens together from around the area’s parishes.

For 2021, those connections will be only a click away.

“In a time when so many things  have been canceled, we decided very early that the DYC would happen no matter what, even if we had to be all virtual,” said Dan Waddington, director of the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. “DYC is an important event every year because it gathers the young Church of our Diocese [so that they can be] connected to each other and, most importantly, to Jesus in a powerful way. This year, those goals are more important than ever.” 

The 2021 DYC, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Feb. 6, will be livestreamed on diocesan social media platforms, including the diocesan YouTube channel. Open to young people in grades 8-12, the DYC will include a keynote speaker, prayer, interactive games and discussion, and a prerecorded Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. To register, visit dioceseoftrenton.org/youthministry.

Waddington explained that the 2021 DYC’s theme, “The Search,” is inspired by the Gospel for that weekend, Mark 1:29-39, specifically verse 37: “Everyone is looking for you.”   

“All through 2020, our world has been searching … for peace, a cure for COVID-19, for social justice, stability and so much more,” he said. “At the same time, many of our young people have been searching for a sense of normalcy while grieving the loss of time with friends and family, special school events/milestones, and in some cases the loss of loved loves. We are all left searching for a sense of security.

“Our goal is to help our young people be reminded that they are not alone,” he continued. “No matter how difficult 2020-2021 has been, Jesus tells us that he comes to us in our needs, and with him there is nothing we cannot face. I hope our young people will leave the DYC reminded to turn to prayer and draw strength from our faith, and to search for Jesus in everything, especially when life is most difficult.”