Catholic college students embrace "Year of Faith" go to mass then rock out

CLEVELAND - Last year Pope Benedict XVI created the "Year of the Faith". He wanted Catholics to enter in a deep relationship with Christ through scriptures.

Five local Catholic colleges: John Carroll, Ursuline, St. Mary Seminary, Borromeo Seminary and Notre Dame College participated in the first ever local event where college students attended a concert at the Agora Ballroom.

The festivities kicked off with a mass at the Conversion of St. Paul Shrine. From there, they marched a few blocks down to the Agora where they held a social hour, where they ate pizza and got to know one another.

Father Damian Ference of Borromeo Seminary spearheaded the effort and said, "Many young people will surprise you with the depth of their faith."

The Ballroom doors opened at 7:00 p.m. By 7:30 p.m., hundreds of students packed the floor and were rocking out to Christian music.

"You try to dig a little deeper to find common ground with new experiences," said Mark Scott of Ashland University.

Father Ference said, "Music and beauty go hand in hand with God, God is beautiful and music is beautiful". He hopes that the event is a success so they can continue this every year.

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