What exactly is this?
Steubenville is a 3 day conference filled with great music, wonderful presenters and the a few thousand Catholic teens. These conferences are held all over the country. St. Laurence will be heading to Steubenville South in Alexandria, LA for this high energy weekend. You can read more about the History of the confernces below or click the links in the sidebar to visit the Steubenville and Steubenville South webpages.
History of the Conferences
Thirty years ago, 500 youth and young adults gathered on a campus in Steubenville, Ohio for the very first youth conference. This summer, over 40,000 teens will participate at eighteen youth conference all over North America.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is a vibrant Catholic college built upon Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Rooted in Franciscan tradition, they accept the call given to St. Francis to, “Go and rebuild My Church.” This is done not only through their campus life, but also through their Youth Outreach Office, which serves the wider Church. Their focus is on bringing high school students into a life changing relationship with God and serving those who serve them.
Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Youth Outreach Office exists to evangelize youth primarily through large conferences and events. Charisms of these events include evangelical preaching, inspired witnessing, and anointed worship – all aimed at awakening the gift of faith in Jesus Christ.
At the heart of the conference weekend are the sacraments, through which youth can experience the Father’s loving mercy, forgiveness, and healing compassion. This experience will enable them to respond to the mission of rebuilding the Church and carrying Christ’s love to the world. Franciscan University is also committed to providing resources for teens and youth ministers that will aid in their spiritual life as well as ministry.
Through the power of the Sacraments, inspiring talks, dynamic music, and expressive praise, teens are given an awesome weekend that can literally change the course of their lives
These conferences are specialized to address the resources and needs of today’s Catholic youth, organized on a regional level. With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians, and presenters, the High School Youth Conferences will challenge Catholic youth to stand firm in their faith, rely upon the awesome power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend, and Savior, and to show that faith to the world.
The Sacraments are the highlight of the weekend. Teens will join in two dynamic Eucharistic Liturgies during the weekend and will be given numerous opportunities to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are also powerful times of Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration. Many youth have come to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit through this weekend.
Every summer St. Laurence takes over 200 people to the Steubenville Youth Conference hosted in Alexandria Louisiana. This summer, it is held June 21-23, 2013.