Frassati Fest Recap!

Thanks for tuning in to see what this past weekend held for the teens of the Madison Diocese who joined as at Frassati Fest!

First up, the following were the TOP 3 highlights of the weekend, as found on the student evaluations.

1. Confession and Adoration
2. The Dance Party
3. Meeting New Friends and Spending Time with Old Friends

Those definitely speak to how transformative and down right fun the weekend was. Also, during the weekend, social media was all the rage! The following is a small sampling of the Instagram photos that were tagged with #frassatifest. See more here.


Our incredible tech team kept these photos rolling on the screens all weekend, as well as the Tweets about the weekend, which you can see here.

This great weekend would not have been possible without a couple folks, so we wanted to introduce them to you! The first is Pete Burds who took the stage as our keynote speaker. He’s a rock star young adult from the Milwaukee area. By day, he works as the campus minister at St. Thomas More High School; on the nights and weekends, he spends time evangelizing all over the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, loving the Lord and hanging out with his new fiancĂ© Emily (who we were lucky to meet during the weekend). The teens gave him rave reviews on their evaluations after dropping inspiration bombs all weekend long.

Pete Burds Photo - Frassati Fest


The second big group of folks that deserve a shout out would be the members of our Planning Team. They worked hard over the past 7 months to put on an event that would not soon be forgotten, hopefully because it helped to shape and transform many hearts. These teens and adults came from all over the Diocese, and at the big event, they emcee’d, gave testimonies, made friends and welcomed everyone to the event with more JOY than we could have asked for.

Planning Team

To help you take a look at the events of the weekend, below we’ve included the video we showed the teens before the headed home! Enjoy watching.

We are excited to see you all again next year! In the meantime, keep in touch through this blog, as well as our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)!

Superbowl Monday

After a long blogging break and a thrilling weekend at Frassati Fest (see more here, here and here), we are back with some inspiration to get you going this Monday afternoon.

First up, while the Seahawks were dominant on the field last night, it’s great to know that many of the players are inspiring folks beyond the football field. The following video was made by a couple players (two of which are former Badgers!) and their ecclesial community out in Seattle. They are certainly using their football fame to witness to their faith in a big way, and it is great to see. Though these players are not Catholic, both the Church’s faithful and other Christian athletes can all learn a lot from their example! (See more like this at the Making of a Champion website.)

In more post-Superbowl related news, it was refreshing to see much less in the way of immodesty during this year’s commercials. In 2013, it seemed like every other commercial relied heavily on sexuality in order to sell the product. Not only did we see less in the way of vices during commercials, but ad creators even tapped into the virtues to sell their products. The following two commercials both placed patriotism (which is a facet of the virtue of justice; learn more here) at the forefront.

And, for good measure, go ahead and remember how cute this dog-horse bond was.

(Of course, Madison Catholic Youth wants to remind everyone that the legal drinking age is 21, and once you’ve reached that age, there are plenty of ways to have fun without alchohol in the picture! If adults do choose to drink, we hope and pray that they do so both responsibly and in moderation.)

Stay tuned for more this week, including some sweet recaps of the weekend away at Frassati Fest and how to stay engaged in the faith in the months to come!