February 5, 2010

Saint Meinrad receives grant for youth liturgy program

Saint Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad has been awarded an $895,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. in Indianapolis for supplemental support of the “One Bread, One Cup” youth liturgical leadership program.

The funds will underwrite a portion of the program’s operating expenses for five years. During that time, Saint Meinrad will continue to build an endowment to replace the grant as a source of operating revenue. Other program costs are covered by participant fees.

The youth liturgical leadership program sponsors three five-day conferences at Saint Meinrad each summer for parish and high school teams of teenagers and their adult leaders.

Called “One Bread, One Cup,” the conference offers an opportunity for youths to learn more about the Mass as well as develop liturgical skills that they can use in their parishes and high schools.

In addition, a six-week internship is offered for college students who are in a ministry preparation program or are discerning a call to ministry.

The college students serve as staff members at the summer conferences. During the other three weeks, the collegians take classes on theology and spiritual topics, and participate in liturgies and community-building activities.

Nearly 3,000 high school youths, college students, and campus and youth ministers have participated in the program since 2000.

(For more information about the “One Bread, One Cup” program, log on to http://oboc.saintmeinrad.edu.)

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