Conference invites youth to follow Jesus

The 2019 Youth Conference, “Come Follow Me,” took over the Swiftel Center in Brookings in early November. Around 1,000 youth and adult leaders from parishes throughout the diocese were treated to speaker Chris Barlett, Josh Blakesley and his band, confession, eucharistic adoration, Mass with Bishop Paul Swain, a walk with the saints, and a dance party to finish it off.

Photo left: A group of kids and leaders have lunch with Pope Francis. (All photos by Emily Leedom)

Father Joe Scholten leads adoration for the crowd.
Josh Blakesley brought a young man on stage to help out with a game.