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Young Catholics gather to celebrate their faith

October 29, 2012
By ZACH JAY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The sixth annual P2K youth rally drew about 175 young Catholics to St. Peter Cathedral over the weekend.

The P2K event - which stands for priest, prophet and king - alternates each year between high school and middle school age youths.

"It's an opportunity for ... students to come to the cathedral to interact with the bishop, to interact with each other," said Greg Gostomski, director of youth ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette. "So many of our churches are in small, isolated communities that it's easy for a young person to feel like they're the only teenager in the world who's trying to practice their faith. So this is a chance for them to come here and see that they're not alone in that, to see that they have support. ...We have people from Calumet, Ironwood, DeTour, so really from all over the place."

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Special quest speaker/musician Josh Blakesley plays guitar and jokes with volunteers during one of his performances at the sixth annual P2K Youth Rally at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Saturday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)

Keynote speaker/musician was Josh Blakesley, a Catholic musician and presenter from Alexandria, La. His performance blended music and discussion with rally attendees during four sessions throughout the weekend.

"We really look for somebody who's really an inspiring and gifted speaker as well as musician," Gostomski said.

In addition to Blakesley's performance, the rally included more traditional Catholic services.

"In addition to the loud rock and roll, we'll have ... some of the more traditional prayers of the church as well: Adoration, Stations of the Cross and some of those ancient, traditional prayers," Gostomski said.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-228-2500.



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