Regarding “Archdiocese, Evangelical-led youth ministry will cooperate,” Dec. 15, page 1 (SEE LINK BELOW):

I want to thank Archbishop Alexander Sample for officially opening the lines of communication between Young Life and the Catholic churches of the Archdiocese of Portland. I wept when I read the article.

I also want to thank him for stating in a very public way that we, like Protestants, desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a convert from the Protestant faith, I hear all too often about how Catholics don’t have personal relationship swith Christ.

Thank you as a mother of a teen (and two more soon to be teens), a youth worker and a Catholic educator. Your actions and words have boosted my soul.

Carolyn Foerstler

Cottage Grove