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Annual international TEC gathering to take place in Minnesota

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The TEC retreat movement will come together for its annual gathering at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, from July 12-14. Each year, members of local TEC communities meet for three days of fellowship, resources, prayer, and networking. Anyone 18 or older with past or present involvement in TEC is invited to attend.

The celebration is coordinated through the TEC Conference, the organizing body for the international TEC Movement. The gathering is designed to serve the spiritual needs of attendees as well as give them tools and resources to bring back to their local TEC communities. Participants gather for liturgy, prayer, round table discussions, speakers, award presentations, fellowship, and other activities to celebrate the great gift of TEC.

Nationally renowned author John Vitek will serve as the keynote speaker focusing on the event’s theme, “Called by Christ, Affirmed in Love, Sent to Serve.” Vitek is the co-author of “Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics” and has personal TEC and diocesan experience. Registration information and further details can be found at www.tecconference.org. Register by March 31, to access early bird pricing.

TEC (Teens, Together, To Encounter Christ), a Catholic movement of spirituality for older adolescents and young adults, was founded in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1965. Focusing on the Paschal Mystery, TEC helps thousands of young people each year deepen their relationship with Christ and discern their vocation within the larger Church. The TEC movement is affiliated with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops through its Episcopal Moderator Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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