Connection or Communion?


Friday’s talk was delivered by André Escaleira, a seminarian for the Diocese of Bridgeport born and raised in the great city of Bridgeport! He’s a proud graduate of Kolbe Cathedral High School and Fairfield University. He’s getting ready to move on to major seminary at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie in Yonkers, NY! Some of his heroes in Heaven include Sts. Maximilian Kolbe, Joseph, and Teresa of Calcutta. His favorite passage in Scripture is from Wisdom 11:24-26, where we hear of God’s incredible, sustaining love for us.

With the title: “Connection or Communion?”, André addressed the issue of loneliness so common among the youth. He challenged participant to never settle for mere connection, but to always seek authentic communion.

Connected, yet lonely


Blake Brouillette is a missionary with Christ in the City out of Denver, Colorado. Christ in the City is an organization of college-aged missionaries who go to the streets & encounter the poorest of the poor in the homeless. He is originally from Nebraska & graduated college two years ago, where he was a pole vaulter on the track team. His favorite saints are St. Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, St. Monica, and St. Joseph; favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6.25-34!

Blake delivered the talk on Saturday morning.With the title: “Connected, yet lonely”, he explored the relation between loneliness and sin. During his talk, he shared about his experience working with homeless people in Denver and how that helped him to discover his own brokenness and need for reconciliation.

Christ is with me always


Lauren Scharmer is the director of a multi-parish youth ministry program in St. Louise. She’s a proud graduate of The Catholic University of America and have a deep love for St. Therese of Lisieux, donuts and coffee.

Lauren delivered the third talk at CONVIVIO 2017, on Saturday evening. With the title, “Christ is with me always”, she explained how in Christ and with Him we can live that authentic communion we are searching for. He became man out of love for us and he remains with us ALWAYS, so that we may never be lonely.

Called to Communion


Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, shared his wisdom with us at CONVIVIO 2017 inspiring teens and all present to go deeper in their relationship with Christ.

Bishop Frank delivered the 4th and last talk on Sunday morning. With the title; “Called to Communion”, he challenged participants to go into the dessert to encounter Christ. He reminded all present that God is trinity, a communion of love, and He invites us to live that same communion with Him and one another.

Closing Ceremony 2017


Take part on our Closing ceremony and listen to Abigail Baker’s inspirational words!