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Sister Maria Victoria attends SLS18

Sister Maria Victoria attends SLS18 - (08-02-2018)

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PHOTO: Benedictine Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB (center) and Sister Julie Sewell, OSB, vocation director for Sisters of St. Benedict/Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beach Grove, Ind., enjoy a quick moment with Father Mike Schmitz, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Catholic podcaster, at the Student Leadership Summit 2018 held in January in Chicago.

Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB joined thousands of fellow Catholics for an engaging and joyful week at Student Leadership Summit 2018.

Hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and held in January in Chicago, the conference was divided into three tracks: Collegiate, Campus Ministry and Lifelong Mission. Organizers welcomed more than 5,000 college students, 500 chaplains and campus ministers and 1,000 lay ministers, parishioners, seminarians and religious to learn how to transform their parishes, communities and workplaces.

Jim Caveziel, who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” and who stars in the upcoming film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” was a surprise guest and encouraged attendees to be “warriors animated by faith.” Keynote speakers included Bishop Robert Barron, Sister Bethany Madonna, Father Mike Schmitz, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Jason Evert, Curtis Martin, Dr. Edward Sri, Kelsey Skoch, Sarah Swafford and Mike Sweeney. SLS18 also included daily opportunities for Mass, adoration, confession and discernment. 

Participants took part in a variety of sessions that included presentations by Helen Alvaré, Father Philip Bochanski, Dr. Mary Healy, Father John Kartje, Harry Kraemer Jr. and Dr. Jonathan Reyes. Entertainment included singer and songwriter Matt Maher, illusionist Mark Cook and performance painter Mike Debus.

I enjoyed visiting with fellow religious vocation directors and connecting with students on all paths of life, including those interested in and seeking to know more about religious life,” Sister Maria Victoria said. “I also got a chance to meet some of our social media followers.”

For more information about SLS18, please visit https://sls18.com.