Pope Facts

1.    He’s from Buenos Aires, making him the first pope from Latin America.

2.    That also makes him the first pope born outside of Europe in more than 1,000 years.

3.    He’s the first Jesuit pope.

4.    He is 76.

5.    He chose the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century monk known for his charity and kindness to animals.

6.    Before his election, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

7.    He is known for leading a simple life, eschewing a mansion to live in a Spartan apartment.

8.    He rode mass transit in Argentina, and chose to take a minivan with the other cardinals after he was elected pope rather than ride in a special sedan.

9.    He cooks his own meals.

10.   In his youth, he enjoyed dancing the tango with a girlfriend before discovering a “religious vocation.”

11.    He trained as a chemist.

12.    He is one of five children and his parents were from Italy.

13.    He has been criticized for not speaking out against Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.

14.    He slammed other Latin American priests who objected to the baptizing of  children born out of wedlock.

15.    He was critical of Argentina’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it “a destructive attack on God’s plan.” He also opposes gay people’s adopting children.

16.    In 2001, he washed the feet of 12 patients with AIDS at an Argentine hospice.

17.    He speaks three languages: Spanish, Italian and German.

18.    He had a lung removed as a teenager, after an infection.

19.    He is rumored to have been the runner-up in 2005, losing that papal election to Benedict XVI.

20.    After being elected pope, he remained standing on the same level as the cardinal-electors rather than sitting in a throne.

Posted on September 16, 2014 .

Let's do this!

School is back in session and the cool air is starting to roll in. It's time to get our hearts and our minds back in the game for the 2014/2015 Teen Encounter season! The first Teen Encounter weekend is November 21-23 and it'll be here before we know it. Visit our home page and mark the weekend dates on your calendars. This year is going to be awesome!

I currently have my Pandora station set to Toby Mac and the first song that popped up today was Toby Mac's "Favorite Song" which happens to be one of MY favorite songs. Check it out:


Posted on September 16, 2014 .

Blast from the Past!

On Thursday July 31st we had a surprise for Fr. Larry. We invited anyone and everyone who ever had some involvement with Teen Encounter back for a Thursday night meeting. Fr. Larry had no idea this was happening and it's amazing that he never found out about it. Needless to say, it was a wonderful night for friends to catch up with Fr. Larry and each other. This community has welcomed thousands of people through our doors, forming some pretty amazing friendships.

To see some photos from the evening, click HERE!

Posted on August 14, 2014 .

Welcome!

Hello! If this is your first time dropping into our site, thanks for checking us out. We've uploaded photos from our most recent weekend. We like to share our favorite music, news, and events in this section of the site, so check in often.

Here's a great song from Jamie Grace. Go get your worship on!

God Bless you!

 

Posted on November 25, 2013 .

A word on Prayer

"Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray."

St. Louis de Montfort

 

Posted on October 3, 2013 .

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1.    He’s from Buenos Aires, making him the first pope from Latin America.

2.    That also makes him the first pope born outside of Europe in more than 1,000 years.

3.    He’s the first Jesuit pope.

4.    He is 76.

5.    He chose the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century monk known for his charity and kindness to animals.

6.    Before his election, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

7.    He is known for leading a simple life, eschewing a mansion to live in a Spartan apartment.

8.    He rode mass transit in Argentina, and chose to take a minivan with the other cardinals after he was elected pope rather than ride in a special sedan.

9.    He cooks his own meals.

10.   In his youth, he enjoyed dancing the tango with a girlfriend before discovering a “religious vocation.”

11.    He trained as a chemist.

12.    He is one of five children and his parents were from Italy.

13.    He has been criticized for not speaking out against Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.

14.    He slammed other Latin American priests who objected to the baptizing of  children born out of wedlock.

15.    He was critical of Argentina’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it “a destructive attack on God’s plan.” He also opposes gay people’s adopting children.

16.    In 2001, he washed the feet of 12 patients with AIDS at an Argentine hospice.

17.    He speaks three languages: Spanish, Italian and German.

18.    He had a lung removed as a teenager, after an infection.

19.    He is rumored to have been the runner-up in 2005, losing that papal election to Benedict XVI.

20.    After being elected pope, he remained standing on the same level as the cardinal-electors rather than sitting in a throne.

Posted on September 17, 2013 .

NEWSBOYS: RESTART

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This week the Newsboys released their latest creation. This group has been around for a LONG time and they're still pushing out some great stuff.

Posted on September 12, 2013 .

A Brand New Blog!

A New site means a new blog. Maybe we'll feature a funny story. Maybe some inspiration. You can count on new music features. We do love Music. We're going to try to post something here at least once a week to keep things rolling.

Posted on December 20, 2012 .