- 2022 Steubenville Announcement -
After some discussion with many of our catechetical/youth ministry leaders during our virtual Office Hours, research, and discernment, our office has decided NOT to sponsor a Diocean trip to a Steubenville Conference this summer of 2022.
If your parish would like support or feedback in planning your own trip, please do not hesitate to contact Tommy Nelson in the Office of Child & Youth Faith Formation.
FAQ about a Steubenville Youth Conference
What is a Steubenville Youth Conference?
For the past 40 years, high school youth from across the United States have had their faith awakened and their hearts set on a fire through a personal encounter with Jesus at a Steubenville Conference. This summer, over 54,000 teens and their leaders will be a part of this movement of grace at one of their 25 conferences. (Steubenvilleconferences.com)
Why is it called Steubenville?
Steubenville is a city in Ohio. This city is the home to Franciscan University of Steubenville who started these conferences on their campus 40 years ago. They now sponsor satellite conferences around the nation.
Who can attend a Steubenville Conference?
The Steubenville Youth Conferences serve high school students, those entering 9th- 12th grades or who will have just graduated from high school. To be eligible to attend, teens must have at least completed 8th grade
Who are the chaperones?
Each parish who brings students are asked to provide chaperones from their parish. We believe strongly that relationships are central to the faith growth of anyone, so we strongly encourage parishes bring parents, adults or young adults from their parish, youth minsters, religious education
coordinators and directors, and pastors on this pilgrimage. Each group must provide their own adult chaperones. Our safe environment policy requires one adult chaperone (21 and over) per eight minors. Minimally, there shall be one adult chaperone for any male minors and one female adult chaperone for any female minors. All chaperones must be VIRTUS trained and pass a background check through your parish or school group.
Are there requirements for chaperones?
- VIRTUS trained, background check, at least 21 years old
- Love Jesus + be a Catholic Christian witness to the teens
- Talk with teens, learn about them, and get to know more about them as the pilgrimage progresses
- Serve as a small group leader with another chaperone, high school leadership team member (don't worry - we will provide training!)
- Be a joyful presence to the teens!