Becki Alford, Council of Ministries Director at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ponchatoula, reflects on her time at Rosaryville as a Youth Minister:
St. Joseph youth have experienced transformation at Rosaryville for over a decade. Rosaryville is truly Holy Ground for many reasons. We have hosted our Kick Off Retreats, Confirmation Retreats, Theology of the Body Retreats, Young Women’s Retreats, Junior High Retreats, and Core Trainings on the property. Many of our youth have attended or staffed Camp Kateri over the years as well. We were given the gift of being able to flex number of participants, schedules, meal times, and resources in a way that filled the valleys and leveled the mountains, making a highway for our God into the hearts of hundreds of teens and the adults who served them.
The chapels became places of encounter as our youth experienced Adoration, Mass, Reconciliation, and prayer ministry with abundant fruit. Some of our teens were so deeply moved in their relationship with Jesus in Rosaryville’s chapel that, years later, they decided to celebrate their Weddings in the main chapel!
Being able to walk the grounds where six Dominican martyrs were formed for Priesthood, has become an endearing and awe inspiring experience as we’ve learned and shared their stories, marveling at the fact that some of those men served our parish.The generosity of the office staff and welcome of the grounds keepers and culinary professionals communicate the providential and lavish love of God to us. We’ve grown to feel as if we are family members returning home each time we host or attend an event there.