The SEEK Conference, held in Indianapolis from Jan. 3-7, was all about encountering something more. It was about encountering Jesus. The conference was hosted by FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and offered so many amazing opportunities for college-aged Catholics. Every day included Mass, dynamic speakers, the opportunity for adoration and confession, and exploring the church deeper through many different vendors.
I was fortunate enough to be one of the 17,000 people attending the conference, and it was a life-changing experience. Being able to hear stories and encouraging words from other devout Catholics was inspiring. Many of the dynamic speakers in breakout sessions also helped me to simply learn more about our rich faith. All of this, after celebrating the sacrifice of the Mass with so many other people all striving to grow closer to him! The conference afforded us many other opportunities like catching up with friends from all over the country, meeting new people who shared our love for the Lord, and jamming out at a Needtobreathe concert. Ultimately, it showed me my deep desire and need for God’s love and mercy.
Three other students from Quincy University, along with students from EIU, SIUe and Millikin’s Newman communities attended. We were all able to grow closer to Christ and one another. That love is something that we could not wait to bring back to campus. We were not made to be half disciples. We are called to be whole disciples who give our whole selves over to God’s will. By doing this, God can work through us to accomplish amazing things for his kingdom.
SEEK helped us to experience God’s love and glory in a powerful way, and we are very grateful that we could attend. We are so very grateful to all the benefactors from all over the diocese who made this possible.
Lydia Martens is a student at Quincy University.