By: Meagan Lutey

The season of Lent has begun, a time Christians use to reflect on the life of Jesus and grow closer to God as the Easter season draws near.  In honor of this holy season, Madonna is hosting Lenten Youth Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, to help give Lent a special significance for area youth.

The purpose of Lenten Youth Day is “to meet with high school and college students during Lent for a time of retreat and to promote Madonna University,” says Sister Anita Taddonio, Director of the Office of Campus Ministry.

The event, which has a different theme each year, encourages young people to “dive deeper into their faith life,” says Haley Mulka, Admissions Officer.

Lenten Youth Day will be composed of talks on the Beatitudes, Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda, lunch and praise and worship at the conclusion of the event.  The theme of this year’s event is “You are the Light of the World.”

The presentations will take place in the Franciscan Center. Mass will be held in the Felician Central Convent Chapel and lunch will be served in the Residence Hall dining room, all on the main Livonia campus.

The three Beatitudes presentations will be about “Blessed are they that hunger,” “Blessed are they who mourn” and “Blessed are they that suffer persecution.”

“The target population is high school students,” says Mulka.  High school teachers and parents are also expected to attend.

Madonna students are also welcome to attend and members of Campus Ministry will be serving as speakers.

Lenten Youth Day at Madonna was launched two years ago with World Youth Day in mind.  World Youth Day is an international Catholic event created especially to attract young people, and unites youth from all faiths to join a pilgrimage walk and celebrate Mass with the Pope.

Sister Anita is looking forward to “meeting students and Bishop Cepeda, who is new to the Archdiocese of Detroit,” as well as the talks and Mass.

“For me, the best part is the praise and worship at the end,” says Mulka. “[Praise and worship] doesn’t know bounds of religion.”


Lenten Youth Day provides reflective retreat