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Cleveland Catholic Fest 2008

Cleveland Catholic Fest 2008

Over 25,000 people came to the Center for Pastoral Leadership on Euclid Avenue in Willoughby on Sunday August 3rd to participate in the 8th Annual "Fest".

The Fest is a remarkable gathering of Catholics coming together with family and friends. It is a one day free event.

Most area Catholic high schools had booths discussing what their schools have to offer. John Carroll University not only had a booth, but was a sponsor as well.

Representatives from many orders of priests, brothers and sisters were on hand to discuss vocations.

While many of the younger attendees enjoyed the music, activities and friendship most commented that the Mass celebrated at the end of the day was the best part. Fireworks brought the day to a end.

Hollywood screen writer Joe Eszterhas, a member of Holy Angels Parish in Bainbridge, carried the cross in the entrance and closing processions at Mass. Eszterhas has written a book, Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.

Amazon says, "Eszterhas knew a lot about darkness. Then, on a hellishly hot day in 2001, desperately battling to survive throat cancer and his addictions to alcohol and cigarettes, Joe Eszterhas found God. Or God found him. And he came from darkness into light.

Crossbearer is the powerful, poignant, and sometimes wryly humorous account of a streetwise and cynical manís newfound faith, and of how he discovers God in the most intimate and routine moments of life: a family game of baseball, a childís photograph of a cloud, a dying motherís dying roses."

The theme of the 2008 Fest was "Forever" and included our relationship with God, each other and God's creation - the Earth.If you have never been to The Fest, plan on attending next year, it is not to be missed.


Visit THE FEST web site at www.theFEST.us


Center for Pastoral Leadership

Center for Pastoral Leadership


Benedictine Monks

Benedictine Monks
Brothers Raphael, Mario, Michael and Finnbar


Blessed Sacraments 150th anniversary


Daughters of St Francis

Daughters of St Francis


Rock band performing at the fest

The positive music was very popular with the youth


Rock climbing wall at the Catholic Fest

As was the Rock Climbing wall and other attractions


Franciscan Sisters - Carolyn Milligan with Sister Therese Iglesies and Sister Katherine Caldwell

Carolyn Milligan with Sister Therese Iglesies
and Sister Katherine Caldwell


Sister Carolyn Brink RSM of the Sisters of Mercy

Sister Carolyn Brink RSM of the Sisters of Mercy


Father Nathan Uthariya and Deacon Joseph Bourge, head of the Clown Ministry at Blessed Sacrament

Father Nathan Uthariya and Deacon Joseph Bourge, head of the Clown Ministry at Blessed Sacrament


Sister Julie Ann Sheahan

Sister Julie Ann Sheahan


Father Virgil Hiller

Father Virgil Hiller


Sisters of the Holy Spirit - Sister Colleen Maria, Therese Rose and Catherine Gray

Sisters of the Holy Spirit - Sister Colleen Maria, Sister Therese Rose and Sister Catherine Gray


Legionaries of Christ  Father Patrick Butler and Brother Matthew Schneider

Legionaries of Christ Father Patrick Butler
and Brother Matthew Schneider


What's your green idea?

Green was of interest to many


Rock the Earth


John Carroll University at the Fest

John Carroll University and other schools had a presence at the Fest


Missionaries of the Precious Blood

Missionaries of the Precious Blood


Franciscan Friars

Franciscan Friars


Father Dwight Hoeberechts OML of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Father Dwight Hoeberechts OML of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate


Singers at the Fest

Lots of positive entertainment at the Fest


Sisters of Providence

Sisters of Providence


Tetelestal  performer at the Fest

Tetelestal actor in costume


Ursuline Sisters

Ursuline Sisters


Vocations Booth at the Fest 2008


Sisters of Mercy making charm bracelets

Sisters of Mercy making charm bracelets


Sister  Catherine Walsh CSA

Sister Catherine Walsh CSA


Cutout of Pope Benedict XVI

Lifelike cutout of Pope Benedict XVI
that people could pose with


Debbie Hanson poses with cutout of Pope Benedict XVI

Debbie Hanson poses with cutout of Pope Benedict XVI



See you at the 2009 Fest!


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