The Christ Cathedral campus recently welcomed staff and volunteers from Young Life, a worldwide ministry devoted to helping middle school, high school and college students find Jesus and invite Him into their lives.

The special visitors celebrated Mass and toured the iconic grounds on Jan. 6.

They were in town to attend the organization’s quadrennial convention, 1YL, from Jan. 6 to 10 at the Anaheim Convention Center….

“Since we’re so close, and it is such a beautiful campus, we happened to bring people here,” said Marisa Avramovich, a former parishioner at Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point. “It’s Epiphany, so we wanted people to have an opportunity to go to Mass and enjoy the tour.”

Fr. Steve Sallot, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach, presided over the Mass, which was held at the Freed Performing Arts Theatre on the Christ Cathedral campus….

He was joined by Avramovich’s father, Deacon Michael Stock of St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point, and Deacon Nathan Gunn of the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.

Following Mass, the special visitors were free to tour the 34-acre Christ Cathedral campus.

The first stop for most of them was the 2,700-seat, 12-story tall Christ Cathedral.

“This is so unique,” said Craig Gould, who works for Young Life Catholic Relations at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and was visiting Christ Cathedral for the first time. “I think that one of the things I noticed was the many different cultural images of Mary. Such a cultural home….”

Deacon Stock’s wife, Rosie, was a member of Young Life as a youngster.

“Then when we got married, I heard all this stuff about Young Life and I had to get us back involved,” Deacon Stock said. “So, she got back involved, leading clubs, and so are our daughter and our son.”

Young Life is intentional about building relationships with its young members and teaching them about Jesus Christ, Deacon Stock said, not simply through preaching and activities within the specific ministries but by being involved in some of their everyday activities….

From OC Catholic