MYE Faith is presented by the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw

Breakout Session Details

At the event, you'll be able to choose from the following breakout sessions:

Roundtable with Bishop Cistone (Session #1)

The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw,  listens and responds to questions about God, faith and the Church. This is your chance to sit down with the Bishop for an informal roundtable discussion.

How to Become a Saint in Seven Simple Steps with Seminarian Kevin Wojciechowski (Session #2)

In the words of Pope Francis, “Sainthood is not for a privileged few but everyone’s vocation.” Who or what exactly is a saint and how could a young adult possibly become one? By observing the lives of young saints who have gone before us, those who attend this talk will learn seven simple steps to help them on their path to sainthood. Wojciechowski attends St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He grew up in Burton, Mich. and majored in psychology at Saginaw Valley State University before he decided to enter the seminary.

MYE Love is Patient, MYE Love is Kind with Father Jose Maria Cabrera (Session #3)

1 Corinthians 13 contains St. Paul's famous hymn to love including, " Love is patient, love is kind, etc.." Come and discover the background behind this famous passage: St. Paul's journeys, the city of Corinth, the cultural context, the most ancient manuscripts of this passage and the meaning of St. Paul's powerful words. Father Jose Maria Cabrera is the Pastor of  All Saints Parish in Bay City and serves as Vicar for Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw.  He earned a Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. 

Recognizing God’s Long-Term Will for Your Life (Session #4)

Are you wondering what God may be calling you to be for life? You’ll have an opportunity to hear from a group of people striving to live their vocation: priests, religious, married, and someone like you who wants to know what God’s desire is for your life. This session will be moderated by Father Andy Booms, who is Rector of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption and Director of Priesthood Vocations for the Diocese of Saginaw. 

Strong Mental Health vs. Mental Illness and Suicide with Nicole Royer (Session #5)

Nicole is a field advocate and chapter founder for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She will speak about maintaining strong mental health amid the teen years, as well as the signs of mental illness, suicide ideation, and how you can prevent suicide. Nicole has been involved in suicide prevention for the past eight years with AFSP, volunteering in public policy and hosting events for suicide prevention, as well as for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Walking in the Light of Jesus with Jose Cervantes, Jr. (Session #6)

Is it ever too late to make a change? Jose Cervantes, Jr. an 11th grader at Ithaca High School, president and founder of Ithaca’s student broadcasting, referee in five sports and more will discuss how you can walk in the light of Jesus, even among the busyness of everyday life.

We are Called to Serve with Monica Ellebracht (Session #7)

Monica served as a Salesian Lay Missioner in Bolivia, South America from September 2010 to August 2013. She also travelled to the Dominican Republic four times for mission work with impoverished children. Speaking of her work in the Dominican Republic, Monica said, " I loved this experience! This is where I fully realized God was calling me to work with children in Latin America. It's a feeling you just can't describe and it's what keeps me going when I get discouraged or burdened by hardship in the world." 

Monica will speak about her experience as a caregiver, educator, and translator at an all-girl's orphanage. She will include the joys and challenges of serving abroad, as well as ways you can get involved both near and far. Monica is currently in graduate school studying International Development with a focus on health (disabilities) and children. 

Made by God for God! with Kelly Nieto (Session #8)

A wonderful talk for young people to help them discover their true identities as sons and daughters of the King. Kelly created “the Cross and the Light”, the keynote presentation of MYE Faith 2015. Kelly is a dynamic entertainer, fiddle player, and musical comedienne. She has performed her one-woman show in different places around the world. Kelly is a former Miss Michigan, Miss America Runner Up, and Miss America Talent Winner.She is married with five children.

Want to know more about the Catholic Faith? (Session #9)

Come ask questions and get the straight answers.  

Adults Only Breakout Session (Session #10)

Unlike the rest of the breakout sessions, this one is geared towards the many adults at the event including chaperones. Casey Truelove will present two sessions and Colin McIver from Ascension Press will present one session geared toward adult participants. Adults may choose to attend one, two, or all three of the presentations. Details about subject matter will be posted at a later time. Casey Truelove is the Director of Student Outreach at St. Mary's University Parish in Mount Pleasant. Colin McIver holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master’s degree in theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans and teaches theology at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana, where he serves as the religion department chair and campus ministry coordinator.