Thousands to Hear Teen-Chastity Message

October 14, 2004

Abstinence among teens is on the rise according to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the percentage of high school students who have had sex dropping from 54 percent in 1991 to 47 percent in 2003.

Melanie Welsch and John Parks, dynamic youth speakers from Phoenix, Arizona, have spoken to thousands of teens about practical ways to live out chastity. They will bring that message to some 1,800 Washington-area teenagers October 25-27, talking frankly during several “Chastity Day 2004” appearances, including:

Monday, October 25, 2004
10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
St. Columba Church
7800 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD
350 seventh- and eighth-grade students from District of Columbia
and Prince George’s County Catholic schools

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
St. Mary Church
520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD
850 seventh- and eighth-grade students from District of Columbia and Montgomery County Catholic schools

Park’s enthusiasm is contagious and his presence humorous and inspiring. Parks majored in Theatre at Arizona State University and uses drama to captivate audiences. Through comedy he creates a presentation that is personal and spiritual, and provides practical tools for success.

With humor and honesty, Welsch shares real-life stories to connect with her audiences on chastity, modesty and self-esteem. In 2002, she designed a clothing line, “Refuge Clothing Co.,” to give young women a way to still look attractive, but send positive, Christian messages.

Welsch and Parks’ appearances are sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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