Mary Ann Schweitzer, who coordinated the program, said the nationally-recognized Silver Ring Thing program--which promotes sexual abstinence until marriage and reconciliation for those who make mistakes--addressed the large crowd on the necessity of remaining pure until marriage.
St. Monica, which served as the main host, joined several other parishes in sponsoring the March 21 performance of the National Touring Team, now on an 80-city tour. The organization is based in Moon Township.
Schweitzer said they immediately thought of Quigley as the location to have the presentation because it was large enough to accommodate the crowd and coming full circle with spreading the message of God.
"What better place than a Catholic high school," she said.
About 200 attended on a Saturday night, filling up the bleachers.
Schweitzer said the program was one of the components of the confirmation program at St. Monica's, which had about 30 kids attend. Some of the team members talk about their sexually active pasts.
Since 1995, Silver Ring Thing has hosted more than 1,000 events reaching more than 605,000 people. According to the organization's website, more than 230,000 teens have shown a commitment to wait until marriage by wearing a silver ring while another 115,000 have dedicated their lives to Christ.
"Some of these kids are from all over the country and they come together and they commit on the tour...there was a couple from Beaver Falls and some graduates of Quigley, which was great because that was where I went."
The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese has put on the Silver Ring Thing event for many years and Schweitzer said they have pushed to have the program in Beaver County. Finally three years ago, she said they got the go-ahead.
"There's a lot of kids here who could really use the message and we wanted to offer it here," she said.
For more information on Silver Ring Thing, visit www.silverringthing.com.