International TEC Encounter July 7-9 at the SLC in Wichita

By Janet Holden and Kyle Bauer
The Diocese of Wichita is hosting this year’s international TEC Encounter July 7-9 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
David Walker, program director for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said the international Teens Encounter Christ family gathers annually at the event to strengthen and deepen their encounter with Christ.
“TEC members ages 18 and over from across the country and beyond are invited to participate in TEC Encounter 2017,” Walker said.
The year’s theme is “Make Me Your Instrument.” Featured speakers will be Dr. Michael Carotta of Omaha, Nebraska; and Fr. Aaron Spexarth and Kit Lambertz, both of Wichita. Carotta is currently the National Advisor for Adolescent Catechesis for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division and the 2012 Recipient of the Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis awarded by the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors.
Walker said nearly 30 members of the Diocese of Wichita’s TEC community are part of a planning team. Sub-committees have been established under the coordination of Jodi Simon and have been meeting monthly since the fall to coordinate events they hope will help attendees gain a deeper sense of community with other members of the TEC family, gain a greater knowledge of the spiritual process of TEC, share resources, and grow in their personal spiritual renewal.
“The committee is reaching out to Wichita TEC members and the faithful of the diocese for support and prayers,” Walker said. “A major aspect of TEC is the idea of wheat – the sacrifices made in order to benefit others.
“Therefore, the committee is asking for your wheat and prayers. Whether it be extra time throughout the day for prayer, additional visits to the Blessed Sacrament, or giving up other daily luxuries that many take for granted, the committee greatly appreciates any and all sacrifices made for the success of the event.”
TEC is a three-day retreat based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. It involves older adolescents and young adults encountering Christ in a way they have never experienced before. TEC participants have opportunities to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the Sacraments.
Since TEC began in the Wichita Diocese in 1984, there have been over 150 retreat weekends in our diocese that have impacted over 3,700 youth.

Want to be a part of the TEC Encounter?
The international TEC Encounter will be held July 7-9 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Registration is available online at for adult members of the TEC community. You must have attended a TEC retreat to participate in TEC Encounter. For more information, contact David Walker at the Office of Faith Formation, 316-269-3940.