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Nearly 40,000 Youth to Attend Franciscan University's Summer Conferences

Franciscan University of Steubenville will hold 18 sessions of its Steubenville Youth Conference this summer in 11 states and Canada, the University recently announced.

Crowd shotAccording to the University, roughly 40,000 young Catholics will participate in the conferences this summer.  This year's conference theme is "Chosen," which is based on 1 John 4:19: "We love because He first loved us."

The conferences give teenagers opportunities to attend Mass, attend Eucharistic Adoration, and go to Confession.  They attend talks on chastity and living the Catholic faith at home and at school.

Here's more from the University:

The conferences are an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and are co-sponsored by local bishops, youth organizations, and diocesan offices to create a one-of-a-kind weekend immersion into the Catholic faith for teens.

Matt Maher, a nationally acclaimed Catholic singer-songwriter and top-tier Billboard recording artist, will speak and perform at three of the conferences this summer. Maher says the conferences bring the charism and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi to the youth who attend. ...

“God really showed me that he was here and he was real” at the 2012 conference Savannah attended. “Ever since then, I’ve been so excited about growing deeper in the faith, and going to Mass and confession. The conferences really opened me up to that.”

Popular conference speaker Father Michael Schmitz of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, says the youth see the Mass in a new way at the conferences.

“If you and I are going to be lovers of God,” he said during a homily at last summer’s Steubenville East Conference, “what that means is we’re going to become people of worship. God wants to be worshipped in the Eucharist, and wants us to live freedom in the Mass.”

Read more about this summer's Steubenville Youth Conferences here.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended at TheNewmanGuide.com for its strong Catholic identity.

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