By RENEE WEBB, Globe editor
September 18, 2003
"Cast all your worries on Jesus, for he cares about you." (1 Peter
Reflecting on that Scripture verse, people of faith realize that - Jesus
invites everyone to "Lean on Me."
"Lean on Me" is the theme of the Diocese of Sioux City's Youth
Rally '03 slated for Oct. 26 at Kuemper High School in Carroll. The theme was
selected by the Diocesan Core Group.
Facilitated by the core group, the youth rally will once again kick off with
the presentation of the Youth Ministry Awards.
The keynote speaker of the day is Vince Nims, the "Roamin'
Catholic" message and music minister known as "The Banana Guy."
He is based out of San Jose, Calif.
Dr. Stephan Davis, director of youth and intergenerational ministry for the
diocese, pointed out that last year was his first youth rally. He was impressed
with the keynote in 2002 and wanted to offer a similar music/message mixture
"I asked other directors about possible speakers. Vince did Davenport's
version of the youth rally last year," noted Davis, who then spoke with the
presenter in person. After listening to his music, the diocesan youth minister
knew he had found this year's keynote.
Nims serves the church through music, workshops, keynotes, community building
and more. Nims appeared at World Youth Day in Paris, national youth conferences
in the United States and he travels full-time across the country sharing his
unique ministry. He gets the job done with the help of his Religious Studies
degree, fatherhood, over ten years of parish and diocesan youth ministry
experience, and astute pizza connoisseur skills.
The presenter's mission is to move people towards Christ, captivating them
with God's plan with a Christ-centered, biblically-based ministry. Nims
proclaims, "We are ready as we'll never be to embrace God!"
According to reports about his presentations, Nims' real-life messages bring
crowds to an attentive, softhearted, silly place.
Helping to set the tone for the keynote address will be Jim Doyle, a member
of St. Joseph Church in Salix, who will lead the music at the rally.
"I am looking forward to my role as music leader for the rally. I really
enjoy leading worship music and my prayer is that through the music the students
will draw close to the God who has brought them there. This in turn will help
open them to the speakers of the day," said Doyle, who has been a choir
member and cantor in Salix and previously at Cathedral for about 24 years.
For the last three years he has been music leader for camp CAYOCA. In Salix,
he is also helping to organize student-led Mass once a month. He will help in
directing the music and playing guitar for that liturgy. Doyle will also lead
the music at the two youth rally Masses along with a few teens rather than a
large youth choir. Organizers hope this better encourages the congregation of
youth to join in the singing.
Davis pointed out that as in the past few years, the group will be split once
again for Mass and workshops due to the numbers. Bishop Daniel N. DiNardo will
celebrate both Masses.
"Once again there will be a variety of workshops," said Davis.
"There will be a choice of about 15 workshops."
Tying in with the theme of Camp CAYOCA and Catechetical Sunday, one workshop
will be centered on peace. Paul Kreier will offer a workshop titled
"Christian Music 101." The band Level Headed, a Christian rock band
from Boone, will perform prior to the closing dance. One workshop will focus on
the chastity program True Love Waits and another will explore movies in relation
to teen faith.
"I heard Level Headed play in Ames at Iowa State," noted Davis.
"I thought they were just great and I couldn't wait to get them to play at
our youth rally."
The Diocese of Sioux City hosts the largest youth rally in the state,
generally drawing more than 1,500 high school students.
Davis expressed gratitude to the volunteers from the Kuemper community that
help make the rally a success.
Youth interested in attending the rally are asked to sign up through their
parish youth group or school. All registrations are to be returned to the
diocesan office by Oct. 15. Cost to attend the rally is $15 per person, youth or
For more information contact Davis via e-mail at email@example.com
or Judy Forrest at (712) 233-7520.