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Rally brings together Hispanic youth from across archdiocese


  • Cardinal O’Malley poses with Hispanic youth from parishes throughout the archdiocese following Mass at the Atrevete gathering. Pilot photo/Donis Tracy
  • Youth perform for their peers during the Atrevete gathering. (Pilot photo/Donis Tracy)
  • Singer and songwriter Azaneth Gonzalez shares her faith story with the crowd. (Pilot photo/Donis Tracy)

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MILTON -- Close to 500 Catholic Hispanic young people from throughout the Archdiocese of Boston converged at Fontbonne Academy in Milton on July 8 for a day of prayer, dance, music, worship and adoration -- specifically geared for Hispanic youth.

Clad in royal blue t-shirts with the words, "Atrevete A Navegar Contracorriente" ("Dare to sail against the current"), the young people began the day with a musical revue that resembled a rock concert. A band, assembled solely for the retreat and made up of youth group members from several different parishes, led the crowd in song while members of the Hispanic Youth Group from Immaculate Conception Parish in Revere taught the crowd dance moves.

"Let's begin this day with an applause for Jesus," began Wendy Mejia, parishioner at Sacred Hearts Parish in Malden, who co-moderated the event. As the crowd erupted into cheers, she added, "Who ever said Christianity isn't fun?"

Moderator Leiri Bocanegra, parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Waltham, echoed Mejia.

"Because Jesus is happiness -- and those who have Jesus within them are happy," added Bocanegra.

Following the concert, Father Carlos Suarez, Assistant Vocation Director for Hispanic Ministries told the crowd, "You are not the future of the Church, you are the present. Jesus has called you, not for tomorrow or for the future, but for now."

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