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North American Marist youth leadership conference

18/06/2008: United States

During the recent Memorial Day weekend, students from Collège Laval (Canada), École Secondaire Marcellin Champagnat (Canada), Central Catholic High School (Lawrence, MA), Archbishop Molloy High School (Briarwood, NY), St. Agnes Boys’ High School (New York City), Mt. St. Michael Academy (Bronx, NY), Marist High School (Bayonne, NJ), Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ), Christopher Columbus High School (Miami, FL), St. Brendan High School (Miami, FL), Msgr. Pace High School (Miami, FL), St. Joseph Academy (Brownsville, TX), and Cervantes Costa Rica (Mexico), gathered at the Marist Brothers Retreat House in Esopus, New York for the 2008 Marist Youth Leadership Conference.

Students looked at the lives of Jesus and Marcellin Champagnat from the perspective of servant leadership. As the students learned about servant leadership, they also learned about their own leadership strengths and abilities through discussion and related activities.

A significant aspect of the presentations focused on the difference between leadership and Christian leadership. The hallmark of Christian leadership, as the students learned, is service. The lives of Jesus and Marcellin provided many examples of how they had to be leaders and servants at the same time. These examples helped the students make a practical application of the leadership qualities of Jesus and Marcellin to their own lives.

One of the most significant highlights of this gathering was the presence of Marist students from Canada and Mexico. A strong sense of North American Marist identity is being developed as well as a great awareness of the Marist world.

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