It’s a wrap. Seats for the 6th annual Viatorian Youth Congress filled up quickly, and all 50 delegates are registered. Exactly half of them are coming from Las Vegas, including teens from St. Thomas More and St. Viator Catholic Communities, as well as students at Bishop Gorman High School.

The other 25 include teens from St. Viator Parish in Chicago, Cristo Rey St. VYC 2013Martin College Prep in Waukegan, Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais and St. Patrick’s Parish in Kankakee.

A pair of young adult coordinators from Las Vegas will run the show: Angela Romero, a graduate of Bishop Gorman, and Tommy Gugino, a parishioner at St. Viator Catholic Community. Both are VYC veterans, having attended the congress as delegates who returned as young adult leaders.VYC 2013

The four-day youth congress will take place July 29-Aug. 1 in Bourbonnais, where Viatorians first began ministering in this country, exactly 150 years ago this summer. Delegates will split their time between Maternity BVM and St. Patrick’s Parish.

“It’s an exciting experience of community, prayer and empowerment for youth delegates,” says Bart Hisgen, VYC coordinator.VYC 2013

Since its inception, the youth congress has worked to unite teens and college aged young adult leaders with members of the Viatorian Community. Throughout the Congress, they discuss ways to deepen their Catholic faith and how they advance the Viatorian mission.