Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a national committee established in 1965 as a movement in the Catholic Church. TEC is designed for teens that are 17 years old or in their junior year of high school. Through retreats, social and service events the goal of the Northcoast Spirit chapter is to help facilitate an encounter with Christ for young adults who are searching for deeper meaning in life and who desire an authentic relationship with God within a community of believers.
On Sunday, July 1, over 130 teens, young adults and families came together at the Center for Pastoral Leadership to share their faith journey with one another during a Festival of Praise. Attendance included the founders of the Northcoast chapter. The crowd gathered in Sacred Heart Chapel for Bishop Nelson Perez to lead them in devotional holy hour of Eucharistic adoration. Music was led by Max Menkhaus, the Assistant Music Director at St. Ambrose parish and the TEC band. Father Tim Roth, the Northcoast TEC Spiritual Director and parochial vicar at Ss. Robert and William parish, served as Master of Ceremonies.
“You are teens who encounter Christ,” said Bishop Perez. “I’m glad to be here to encounter the encounter.” Bishop began to expand on the importance of encounter referencing Pope Francis and the culture of encounter with encouragement for those gathered. The culture of encounter calls the faithful to be fearless in looking beyond one’s own needs and through this action to be prepared for an encounter with Christ.
Gabriella Menkhaus shared with her peers, “The introduction of Bishop Perez to the TEC community was a real blessing as his words and presence reminded me that TEC is not just about putting on retreat weekends. Rather, the retreat experiences and community are there as opportunities for us to encounter our God who is always pursuing us. While speaking, the bishop really encouraged us to recognize that our encounters with the Lord transform our hearts, souls, and entire beings. This leads to our response to God’s call to be His intentional disciples and share the light of Christ with the world.”
After the time of adoration, praise and worship, and benediction, the Northcoast chapter board, comprised of teen leaders, presented Bishop Perez with a spiritual bouquet of prayers individuals in the community committed to offering for him and his intentions.
Afterwards the young adults invited bishop to the Founders Room for a pizza dinner and fellowship. Bishop then greeted families playing games of volleyball and corn hole on the quad.
TEC is in association with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) through moderator Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the Archbishop of New Orleans.
Learn more about Northcoast Spirit TEC in these ways:
- TEC booth at The FEST on August 5, 2018 (thefest.us )
- Learn about their mission online at northcoasttec.com