By Colleen Rowan
PHILIPPI—Twenty six-year-old Sarah Hoxie of Philippi wants to connect with fellow Catholics her age. Recently, she has started WV Catholic Young Adults for the Clarksburg Vicariate and is inviting all Catholics ages 18 to 30 to join the group.
“Part of the reason I wanted to start it is because there is so much for youth, which is great, but once you turn 18 there is nothing for us,” said Hoxie, a member of St. Elizabeth Parish in Philippi. “At my parish, there are not many young adults to do stuff with so I’m hoping that by opening it to Philippi, Grafton, Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Fairmont—that whole area—we can all get together, have social events, have talks and do fun things together.”
If others beyond these communities are interested in participating, she said they are more than welcome to join as well. Initially, when she started the group back in April, Hoxie did not have much success. However, she contacted Bob Perron, executive director of the Diocesan Office Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and he connected her with newly ordained deacon, Rev. Mr. Brian Crenwelge, who is assigned to All Saints Parish in Bridgeport for his summer assignment. Deacon Crenwelge is helping Hoxie with the group and will be giving the first talk for the group July 5 at 7 p.m. at All Saints. “He’s going to give a talk on the importance of being young and Catholic,” Hoxie said, “and then we’ll have a discussion after that.” The event is also an ice cream social and all young adult Catholics are invited to attend.
Right now, WV Catholic Young Adults, is focusing on social events but Hoxie would like to expand in time to include such gatherings as praying the rosary, having a group Mass celebrated, engaging in service activities and much more.
“I would definitely like to see events at least a couple times a month—trying to blend spiritual and social activities, something for faith and fellowship for us to gather together and grow in our faith and community,” she said. “We’re trying to get it started, and I’m open to taking it directions that people want to see it go.”
For more information about WV Catholic Young Adults, like the group’s Facebook page entitled WV Catholic Young Adults and e-mail Hoxie at wvcatholic firstname.lastname@example.org.