Two Calvert juniors attend national liturgical conference

PHOTO SUBMITTED Pictured is Maria Perez-Ramirez, a Calvert Catholic High School junior, featured on the cover of On The Hill.

Two Calvert Catholic High School juniors attended a five-day liturgical leadership conference over the summer, becoming more knowledgeable about their faith.

Marie Perez-Ramirez and Luke Brickner were nominated to attend the “One Bread, One Cup” conference June 26-30, along with chaperons Rose Gaietto, religious identity coordinator, and Carolyn Price, assistant vice president of Institutional Advancement.

The conference is hosted by Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and the community of Benedictine monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. The event is a retreat for teens who are high school students who attend to become deeper involved in their faith and a stronger relationship with God.

Perez-Ramirez and Brickner each spent time in their own fields of interest; for example, Perez-Ramirez spent time studying the liturgical arts, studying how deep photos can be and what they represent.

Brickner took time to study behind the scenes of how to conduct and the act of Mass, along with the items and symbols used.

“I enjoyed the experience a lot,” Brickner said.

“It really opened my mind to things I had not really thought about,” Perez-Ramirez said. “It really helped me to understand my own faith.”

The conference also included several speakers, such as nationally known authors and musicians.

“It was really beneficial for all,” Price said. “I feel the conference makes students stronger leaders and promoters of the faith.”

Gaietto said she was excited herself to see the “vibrancy of life of the church.”

Brickner and Perez-ramirez said they enjoyed meeting new people from across the country.

“I gained new knowledge about Mass and the faith,” Perez-Ramirez said.

Perez-Ramirez was featured on the cover of On The Hill, an alumni magazine from Saint Meinrad.

“It was very surprising to me,” she said.

Gaietto said this is the first year they have been able to take students to the retreat and she hopes they can continue passing the experience along to other students.

After high school, Brickner and Perez-Ramirez are planning on pursuing careers in the medical field.