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The Steubenville Conference is a weekend event for teens who have just graduated 8th grade up to those who just graduated high school.  The conference is held between June 22-24 at the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.  The goal of every Steubenville Conference is for teens to open their hearts to Jesus Christ and to equip them with the tools they need to love out their faith daily.

The elements that make a Steubenville Youth Conference so powerful include:
  • A Christocentric message of mercy and love.
  • Impactful presenters that deliver relevant messages.
  • A clear call to follow Jesus Christ as a disciple.
  • Powerful prayer rooted in the Eucharist.
  • Beautiful liturgies that connect with young people.
  • A generous response to the call to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Dynamic praise with holy and talented worship leaders.
  • Time for fellowship and group bonding.
Most teens who attended in the past have claimed that it was a life changing experience where they connected with God our Father through the Sacraments, the teachings, and Adoration.  There will be dynamic speakers, inspirational worship and reverent sacramental celebrations aimed to help them grow in their faith journey.

The cost of the trip will be approximately $300 depending on fundraising and will include meals, transportation, the conference and housing.  The costs can be reduced if the families participate in the the fundraisers the youth group holds throughout the year including the Luminary sales before Christmas and the plant sale in the spring.  A deposit of $50 is due by October 31st, a second payment of $150 is due March 25th.  Final payment is due June 3rd. 
During the weekend, there will be at least 1 chaperone per 8 children.  We will be staying at a hotel that is at the main entrance to the campus.  For more information contact Tricia Holler (267-495-6933) or send an email to the E.P.I.C. youth group coordinators at


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Steubenville LEAD.

Thank you again for registering for the 2017 Steubenville Youth Conference “Elevate”! We would like to invite you to encourage a few of your teens to participate in Franciscan LEAD this summer. This program is designed to benefit your youth group by training your teens the week before the Steubenville Youth Conference and placing them back with your group to be peer leaders for the weekend. Please note that in order for a youth to be involved in this program they will need your recommendation. 

LEAD is a five-day, Christ-centered, sacrament-soaked, prayer-fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, and discipleship inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Our leadership philosophy is based on the foundation that leadership flows from a personal relationship with Christ. Therefore, we first give your teens tools to grow closer in their relationship with Jesus and then give them the essentials for leadership and evangelization.
"Franciscan LEAD was an amazing experience and I strongly recommend it! Without giving too much away, it changed my life. Essentially, it's a week where you get to know Christ so much more intimately in plenty of the things you do, but really in the people around you. There's going to be this great group of people that are all in the common goal of knowing Christ as you are. They build you up and you truly learn what community is and how to see Christ in others. There's nothing to worry about going into this week, absolutely nothing. Everyone's nice and you can just tell that while they're all as broken as everyone is, they've found that joy we're all searching for and just want to grow intimately deeper with Him. LEAD changed my life, and it's changed everyone's I've talked to. It will change anyone who goes through it, I strongly recommend it." -Kevin Andren, Franciscan LEAD Participant 2016.

When & Who

The week before each Youth Conference; beginning Monday and ending Friday afternoon when the participant will join their group for the weekend youth conference. Youth can apply for Franciscan LEAD for the summer after their freshman year in high school through the summer after their senior year in high school. We are looking for youth who…

…Love Jesus and His Church.
…Are ready to take their Catholic faith to the next level.
…Want to learn how to share their love of Christ with friends 
…Want to go deeper in prayer.
…Want to inspire others to answer Christ’s radical call to love and serve.

Cost & How
The cost includes training in discipleship and evangelization, resource book, official Franciscan LEAD t-shirt, and lodging/meals for the participant for the duration of the Program.This cost does not include the registration fee for the conference weekend. Please contact the email below for pricing at your conference.

The application for Franciscan LEAD is exclusively online.

The step by step process and link to the application is detailed at The first part of the application is completed by the teen. After they complete this portion online, an email is automatically sent to their referral person with a link to the online referral.

More information is available at If you have any further questions, please contact us at