View all the photos After nearly a year of anticipation, 1300 members of both CFC-Youth and CFC Singles for Christ (SFC) came together at the annual True North Conference to commemorate twenty years as established parts of the Couples for Christ Family Ministries in Canada.
Hearkening to both ministries’ beginnings, the three-day conference, running from July 18-20, 2014 was hosted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, where both ministries humbly took root in 1994 with the help of missionaries from the Philippines.
Furthermore, referencing a line from Canada’s national anthem, it points us to Christ’s rising in our lives, however that may be, and the resulting expressions of joy and hope having seen Him.
While the conference pointed thematically to action and recollection, it pastorally highlighted five major points in its competitions, talks, workshops, and Masses: celebrating God’s faithfulness in the Family Ministries, emphasising continuity rather than nostalgia, highlighting the bonds and transition between CFC-Youth and SFC, echoing messages of International Conferences (ICONs) held in the Philippines, and putting mission and missionary work at the forefront.
Calling to mind the commissioning of Catholics as in the Sacrament of Confirmation and the fire of the Holy Spirit, we are and lit by the Spirit to act for Christ on earth.The final session on Sunday morning, “Ignite” given by SFC Toronto FTPW Gelo Saludo, presented the common directions of both ministries moving forward, encouraged everyone in Mary’s example to live out their Christian life, and reinforced the identity of being a True North missionary.While CFC-Youth remained in the War Memorial Gym, SFC gathered in the ballroom of the Student Union Building where many of them had before as CFC-Youth in 2010 for the “ALIVE! In their sessions, CFC-Youths were empowered to recognise challenges in their spiritual lives and service in the community and then overcome them with Christ through “Jesus Live”, a talk-show session hosted by CFC-Youth Big Sky Full-Time Pastoral Worker (FTPW) Kyle Beley and Ysabel Germaine.Through “The Beloved”, International CFC-Youth Coordinator Kuya Lawrence Quintero, reminded those gathered of God’s call for them as beloved and to live out their lives with a truly CFC-Youth lifestyle.
In the Student Union Building, the SFC teachings revolved around John the Apostle through SFC Vancouver FTPW Candy Subang’s “The One Who Remained” while CFC-Youth Pacific FTPW Miguel Javier’s “To Jesus Through Mary” inspired a desire to deepen a maternal relationship with Mary.
While CFC-Youth’s night ended in reflective adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, SFC celebrated their 20 years in worship followed by fellowship called Club Praise.