Youth Events

Leadership program

The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry held its 33rd Kujenga Viongozi II Youth Leadership Process program Aug. 1 to 4 at the St. Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind.

More than 50 young people from the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Diocese of Cleveland — students in grades nine to 12 — took part in the four-day Africentric, family-centered leadership process. This year’s program marked the second year in a row it was held at St. Meinrad Seminary.

Kujenga Viongozi II was created by Deacon James R. Turner, pastoral administrator for St. Martin de Porres and St. Augustine churches, and by M. Annette Mandley-Turner, executive director of the Office of Multicultural Ministry.

Faith study series

All high school-age students are invited to attend a faith study series at St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky., beginning Sept. 8.

Classes will gather three times per month from September to April on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Eagle’s nest at St. Aloysius.

A one-time fee of $25 will cover the cost of materials. To register or for more information, contact Mandy Kumler by phone at 241-8452 or by email at


Meg Barker
Meg Barker

Speech contest

Meg Barker, a student at St. Agnes School, recently won a state-wide speech contest for 10 year olds. The contest was sponsored by the Kentucky 4-H Foundation.

Barker’s speech, “Have You Ever Been Zinked?”  detailed a tradition of practical jokes between her family and the Zink family.

Additionally, Christina Overley, also a student at St. Agnes, placed third in the nine-year-old division.

Eagle Scouts

Trinity High School freshman Isaiah DeLeon and senior Sam Schafer recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

DeLeon is a member of Boy Scout Troop 325 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. For his Eagle Scout Service Leadership Project, he led a group of Boy Scouts and adult volunteers through the construction and placement of eight bat boxes that were placed throughout Iroquois Park.

Bats eat thousands of insects, which helps to control the insect population in the park. The bat boxes also will help to increase the declining bat population and give bats a safe dwelling away from developed residential areas, a news release from the school explained.

Schafer is a member of Troop 327 at St. Albert the Great Church. For his Eagle Scout project, he and some fellow Boy Scouts built a bridge and planted a rain garden at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Crestwood, Ky. The center is operated by the Sisters of Mercy.

The new bridge allows for people staying at the retreat center to safely cross a run-off ditch, the release said. Additionally, Schafer planted a rain garden near the patio of the retreat center.

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