Most Rev. Roger L. Schwietz, OMI, Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska and Episcopal Moderator Emeritus for the TEC Movement

Vatican Records Archbishop Schwietz' 2006 Visit About TEC

From our Episcopal Moderator Emeritus:

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a national/international retreat movement which offers youth an opportunity to experience the central message of the Roman Catholic expression of faith, the Paschal Mystery of Christ, at a time of passage from youth to young adulthood.

Since its beginnings in 1965, TEC has touched the lives of thousands of youth and young adults each year. We recognize the gift that TEC is to the Church. An integral part of the church’s ministry to youth, TEC seeks to empower youth to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. "All ministry with adolescents must be directed toward presenting young people with the Good News of Jesus Christ, and inviting and challenging them to become his disciples" (Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, USCCB).

I join with the six other bishops of the TEC Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in affirming the TEC Conference and its ministry. That ministry recognizes the power of the intergenerational faith community in sharing faith with adolescents. Young people are supported by faith-filled, caring adults who act as mentors and witnesses throughout the TEC experience. Through TEC, youth experience a greater desire to belong and participate in the Church. We believe that TEC can assist in promoting growth in Catholic identity and Christian discipleship in the world. We hope that you will find the TEC Movement a valuable contribution to youth ministry as so many others throughout the world have already discovered. In Christ’s peace,

~ Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz, OMI