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Franciscan University Youth Conferences Help Foster Religious Vocations

A new study by the Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate (CARA) shows that 14 percent of those ordained to the priesthood this year had attended at least one Franciscan University of Steubenville summer youth conference before entering seminary, according to Franciscan’s website.

The youth conferences are “high-energy events featuring inspiring talks, dynamic worship, and profound encounters with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation,” as was reported.  Twenty conferences will be held around the country this summer.

Additionally, a study conducted by CARA last year reportedly showed that seven percent of women who professed perpetual vows in the country had attended a youth conference. 

The University reports:

That figure [showing the percentage of those ordained to the priesthood who had also attended a Franciscan youth conference] has risen steadily with each CARA survey, and is a noticeable increase from the 2010 report, when 8 percent of ordinands reported they once attended a Franciscan University Summer Youth Conference. The figure includes men entering the priesthood within a diocese or a religious order.

"We are grateful that our Youth Conferences motivate so many young men to consider the priesthood," said Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville. "The conferences powerfully speak the truth of God's love and show forth the beauty of the Church, sparking a generous and courageous response to the Lord's call."

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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