Just as the Life Teen program has undergone a transformation in the last decade, the space this thriving ministry calls home has been overhauled. The Teen Center was updated over the winter break, due in large part to the dedication of Life Teen’s parent board as well as the generosity of parishioners at the Casino Night fundraiser.
“We are able to revamp and renovate the Teen Center to provide a space teens can call home as they hang out with friends, study, eat and gather in small groups,” said Director of Youth Ministry Kelly Simpson.
Led by parent board president Kathleen Ferrante, volunteers refinished a wall, replaced floors, repainted, refurnished and re-energized the teen space on the lower level of the church. The new space will host the 400 active teens in this ministry, up from about 80 kids in 2010. The high schoolers gather weekly for bible study and spend hours at St. Ann on Sunday nights for Mass and Life Teen Nights, which include a meal, talks, worship and breakout sessions.