During the five-day conference, the youth learn and grow deeper in their faith by attending sessions of catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and participation in liturgies. They also are trained in liturgical ministries, such as lector, Eucharistic minister and cantor.
"The young people that attend One Bread One Cup, come back to Sacred Heart Parish with their faith re-energized and with a zeal to really work at making the faith lives of all their fellow students and fellow parishioners much more alive throughout the entire year," Rev. Bill Schreiber, Father at Sacred Heart Parish, said. "They come back with fresh and new ideas to help all of us at Sacred Heart to really encounter God daily with our faith renewed."
Students attending the conference were: Hunter Cauthron, Liz Feldmann, Andrew Noah, Grant Rasch, Amanda Ripley and Sara Studer. Sacred Heart Parish Director of Religious Education/Youth Minister gwen Kardell and Religious Education Catechist Kris McDermott chaperoned the trip.
"A lot of my experience at OBOC helped me better understand the way God works in our world today and how, instead of just handing us things that we pray for such as strength or fortitude, he grants us opportunities to step forward and be strong for ourselves and others," Cauthron said. "I also gained a better understanding of what I am called to do with my life."
Feldmann was also impacted.
"Before OBOC, our closing prayers at religious ed did not really make sense to me," she admitted. "While we were there, every night we had a closing prayer. In our reflection groups we discussed the closing prayer and why we do it and how it should be done. Now I enjoy that time at the end religious ed much more than I did before and now know where the responses and songs came from."
"Being a junior in high school I'm constantly asking myself 'What do I want to do with my life?' and this vocation panel was very helpful because it showed me the different options that I have to choose from and it went into detail about each one," Noah said.
Feldmann also enjoyed being able to socialize with other Catholic teens.
"I loved getting to meet other teens wanting to help out in their church," she said. "Getting to hear about similar and different things that they do in their church was awesome. It helped me to realize better that I can help a lot as a high schooler."
Feldmann continued, "I felt like being able to talk to somebody my own age helped me to understand things better. I really liked our small groups. Talking to them made me realize things I never had before and gave me new ways to look at things."
"I think the students come back from this experience knowing that other students of high school age are searching for many of the same things they are," Schreiber said. "When they come back, they are stronger and much more confident in their leadership and the use of their talents and gifts among all of us at Sacred Heart."
The One Bread, One Cup conference occurs three times each summer as a program of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. The School is operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, which offers initial and continuing education for priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers.
"One Bread One Cup has impacted my relationship with God immensely by getting me closer to Him than I ever had been before," Noah said. "From taking the morning and night prayers that we did at St. Meinrad home with me to pray by myself, to just being able to see God in everyone I meet every day. One Bread One Cup was an amazing experience that I won't soon forget."
Cauthron agreed the trip was life-changing.
"I have grown much closer to God because I learned so much more about God's saving grace and his great gift of forgiveness. This has in turn given me the means to better forgive those who have wronged me in my life."