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Immersing Young Adults in the Life of the Church

December 22, 2014

Viatorian Associate Hector Obregon-Luna wears many hats at St. Viator Parish in Chicago,

St. Viator musicians perform during installation ceremonies for Archbishop Blase Cupich

St. Viator musicians perform during installation ceremonies for Archbishop Blase Cupich

but one role he takes passionately: re-engaging young people in the life of the church as the parish’s youth ministry director.

He draws his inspiration from Pope Francis, who encouraged youth to, “Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brother, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.”

Taking these words to heart, Hector has looked for ways to connect young people to the larger Chicago community, including playing at local churches.

Associate Hector Obregon-Luna and Alex Telles meet Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, center

Associate Hector Obregon-Luna and Alex Telles meet Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, center

One of those gigs came last fall, when the St. Viator musicians drew a standing ovation — and an invitation from the Archdiocese of Chicago to play during a prayer service as part of the installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich in November.

“It was a one-of-a -kind, wonderful and special opportunity of my life” said Alex Telles, who sings with the group and attended the Viatorian Youth Congress.

As a result of sharing their talents, the young people also met some of the dignitaries on hand, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.