By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic
A budding young YouTube star is on fire for his Catholic faith. Even more remarkable – he's only 12 years old.
Kedon Gumerson, of Edmond, has a video series on YouTube called "Kid Catholic." In the videos, he explores and explains many aspects of the Catholic faith.
One week, he'll discuss the Ten Commandments; the next episode he'll look at the life Blessed Stanley Rother. He gives video tours of Saint Monica in Edmond, and visits with Saint Monica's pastor Father Stephen Hamilton. Father Hamilton points out some of the finer points of the faith and talks about being a priest.
Kid Catholic manages all this with swooping hand movements and a unabashed enthusiasm and love for his faith. Before each taping, he'll research a topic completely to make sure he's got it down.
His mother Cheryl Gumerson explained her son has been at this outreach for more than a year. He was inspired, she explained, by some of his peers who were using the YouTube format to discuss video games.
"He started out talking about sports, but later decided he wanted to talk about his faith," she said. "A lot of what he does is his idea completely. I think it was divinely inspired."
Cheryl Gumerson views each program before it's posted. On the day he talked about the Ten Commandments, Kedon Gumerson quickly admitted there were a few sins he didn't explain more because they were not "kid appropriate."
When the episode made it online, it garnered nearly 400 views. Kid Catholic is hoping to expand and wants people to know he'll be active with the Kid Catholic YouTube outreach for a long time.
"I want to do it for as long as possible," he said. "Maybe when I'm older, I can hand it down to another kid."
His high-energy program has led him to be featured on Father Dave Dwyer's Sirius XM radio program.
"It was great," he said.
Kedon Gumerson knows how positive his Catholicism has been in his life and he wants to share it with as many people as possible through "Kid Catholic."
He also has advice for those who may despair with life's challenges.
"Don't give up," he said. "God is love and always gives us hope. Always."
Steve Gust is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.
Find Kid Catholic at www.youtube.com/c/kidcatholic.