All High School youth from the surrounding areas are welcome to join us on Sunday, October 2nd, at St. Patrick's in Lemont for the
5 PM Mass. Activities will begin after Mass in the hall.
The Youth Group will be led by
Fr. John Bender, LC.
Fr. John Bender is a Legionary of Christ priest, born in Pittsburg, PA, grew up outside of Syracuse, NY, and is the oldest of four children. He grew up playing numerous sports such as football, baseball, basketball and hockey and has a passion for bringing faith and sports together. He attended a Legionary High School in New Hampshire, and after graduating in 2001, joined the Legionary novitiate in Cheshire, CT. He spent the majority of his years of formation in Europe, namely Germany, Spain and Italy. He did three years of pastoral internship in St. Louis, MO working with youth. During his last four years of studies in Rome, he served as an assistant to the rector for the seminarians studying philosophy. He was ordained a priest in December of 2014, and his current ministry in the Chicago area includes youth groups, boys youth work, local and international missions and assistant Chaplain at Everest Academy in Lemont. His passion is to help young people encounter Christ and be transformed by His love for them so that they can in turn share their faith with others.