Dan Thies, right, is the program coordinator for C.Y.R.O and helps kids like Alex Neu, left, embrace their Catholicism.

It began a decade ago as a vision shared by the leaders of a small Catholic parish in Bigfork, a remote community in northwest Montana in the Diocese of Helena: a program to connect local high school youth across the small churches throughout the region with their Catholic faith. Today, with support from Catholic Extension, this simple vision has become a reality: the Catholic Youth Rural Outreach (C.Y.R.O.) program.  Read this article from the Spring issue of Extension about how CYRO is creating a new generation of leaders in the Church and inspiring parishes throughout the region.