Junior high rally ‘measures up’


By Barb Arland-Fye

Junior high students and one of their adult volunteers, deacon candidate Mark Comer, all of St. Joseph Parish in DeWitt, ham it up at the Davenport Diocese’s junior high youth rally. The daylong event was held March 17 at Regina Catholic Education Center in Iowa City.

IOWA CITY — Most keynote speakers don’t encourage their audiences to primp like princesses, howl at the moon and beat their chests like Tarzan. But the duo known as “5thousand” had a really enthusiastic audience that delighted in silliness mingled with seriousness during the Davenport Diocese diocesan junior high youth rally March 17 at Regina Catholic Education Center. Mike Sylvester and Bryan Murdaugh (also known as 5thousand) interspersed humor with a powerful message about Jesus’ love for everyone, and his expectation for them to share that love with others.
“We can be Church and laugh, tell jokes and still have a message,” Sylvester told The Catholic Messenger during a break. The rally’s theme was “The Golden Rule: How Do You Measure?”

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