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Teens find fellowship, fun in weekly gatherings
By Will Cushman - Originally printed in the Dyersville Commercial
Every Wednesday evening since 1989, nearly without fail, a group of teenagers descends on the home of Donna and Ron Huberty, where they share food, laughs… and prayer?
Indeed, prayer is the center of the unlikely teenage get-together hosted weekly by Donna Huberty. The pizza slices and wisecracking are simply added bonuses, but they help make the otherwise devout gathering a thoroughly teenage affair.
Our Lady’s Youth Prayer Group celebrated its 25th anniversary at its Aug. 13 gathering at Huberty’s home in Dyersville.
“It is easy to feel at home at prayer group,” said Clare Kramer, a Beckman graduate currently beginning her junior year at the University of Minnesota. Kramer still attends the weekly meetings when she’s home on breaks.
Like many others before and since, Kramer said she first came to prayer group at the invitation of a friend. She said the discussions, which range from Catholic faith and family to normal teenage angst, helped her come out of her shy eighth grade shell.
“At first I was very shy,” Kramer said, adding that soon the welcoming atmosphere eased her fears.
Member Samantha Otto has had a similar experience.
“Even though I’m a newer member of prayer group, I’ve found myself smiling and not being able to stop while praying the rosary with my peers,” Otto said. “Although I’m not a verbal individual, the comfortable environment turns me into a chatterbox and suddenly I’m sharing stories and ideas while also adding intentions.”
Though the membership of Our Lady’s Youth Prayer Group ebbs and flows — over its 25 years there have been anywhere from three to 20 regular attendees — a core group has consisted mostly of Beckman High School students.
Current members described the group’s regular meetings as a welcome respite from the gadgetry and high school drama that typifies modern teenage life. Together the group prays the rosary, sings and poses questions about their faith. In so doing, members say normal social barriers are broken as they have the opportunity to learn from each other.
“It’s authentic,” member Jack Mescher said. Mescher admitted