One year after youth delegates gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Viatorian Youth Congress, this year they are converging on the nation’s corn belt — and the cradle of the Viatorian Community, in Bourbonnais, IL.

Welcome to the Viatorian Youth Congress 2015

What started out in 2010 as a way to bring together teens from various Viatorian ministry sites, has evolved into a leadership institute for high school faith leaders. Over the course of the four-day congress, teens and their young adult leaders will be immersed in formation, social justice and leadership training activities.

VYC 2015 young adult leaders

VYC 2015 young adult leaders

“It’s a week spent in prayer and discussion about the Viatorian mission,” says Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president of Saint Viator High School, who helped design the youth congress when he served as vocation director for the Viatorian Community. This year’s congress was planned by Bart Hisgen, associate director of vocation ministry, and Viatorian Associate Karen Cutler.

“The VYC helps our young faith leaders realize that they are part of a worldwide family — that is changing the world,” Fr. Brost adds.11800080_851651364931227_4327404633273926586_n

Young adult leaders and young adult coordinators, however, drive the youth congress, serving as mentors and liasons for the teen delegates.

Delegations include young people from: Saint Viator High School, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, St. Patrick’s Church, St. George Church, St. Viator Parish in Chicago, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Bishop Gorman High School and St. Viator Catholic Community, both in Las Vegas, and St. Thomas More, in suburban Henderson, Nev.