Virtual SHYCON Aims to Help Youth Realize They Are Not Alone


By Francine Swope
Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Religious Education

Throughout the pandemic, many of us felt loneliness, isolation, and distancing from all of the things and, in many cases, the people we love.  It caused many of our young people to feel sad and alone.

Our theme for SHYCON 2021 will be centered around the idea that we ALL are sons and daughters of God, and that no matter what is going on in our lives, HE IS THE CONTSTANT!  HE is there for us no matter what. WE just need to reach out to him!

It is also important that we realize no matter what is going on, we are members of a family.  As a child of God, as a member of a family, you were born into or joined our parish family, our school family, our neighborhood, and our community!

WE are called to be ACTIVE members and “belonging” members of all of these things!

We will help the participants to understand that reality and truly know at the end of the day that THEY BELONG!

SHYCON, more formally known as “Senior High Youth Conference,” is open to youth in grades 9-12.

It will be held virtually on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. for official start at 11:00 a.m.

The theme is “Sons & Daughters: We BELONG to YOU!”

Nationally-recognized singer/songwriter Jesse Manibusan will be the keynote presenter. 

Registration information for youth in grades 9-12 is available at parishes through the DRE/CRE or at Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

[PHOTO: Youth Ministry Coordinator Francine Swope speaks to young people virtually during SHYCON 2020.]