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Youth will investigate the mysteries of God at annual conference

Posted February 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

The Catholic Commentator

Catholic youth will assume the role of FBI agents and be on the grounds of the Catholic Life Center on Saturday, Feb. 20 seeking one subject of interest: God, who will testify to himself.

This year’s Diocesan Youth Conference, themed “FBI: Faith Based Investigators,” will focus on the mysteries of the Catholic faith: the history of Catholics as a people of faith, the sacraments, reconciliation, the Mass and eucharistic adoration, according to Tim Messenger, associate director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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    Youth will investigate the mysteries of God at annual conference

    The Catholic Commentator

    Catholic youth will assume the role of FBI agents and be on the grounds of the Catholic Life Center on Saturday, Feb. 20 seeking one subject of interest: God, who will testify to himself.

    This year’s Diocesan Youth Conference, themed “FBI: Faith Based Investigators,” will focus on the mysteries of the Catholic faith: the history of Catholics as a

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