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July 10-12, 2015 @ Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

Why come to a Steubenville Conference?

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Summers can be overwhelming for Youth Ministers – with so many different events offered that bless the teenage soul, how does a Leader discern which opportunities are the best “fit” for the teens in their specific youth group? When do you take teens to camp for a week and when is the young soul ready for Leadership Training?

The good news is that Life Teen has a little something for every teen and every parish. We’re here to help ensure that all teens – no matter where they are on their faith journey – have an encounter with the God Who loves them and the Church He loved us enough to begin.

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Each summer, Life Teen hosts four different Steubenville Youth Conferences (East, West, NYC, and Atlanta) with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ. Evangelistic in nature, these weekend conferences are both a great “introduction” to the Gospel message for new or younger teens, while offering deep and moving experiences of prayer and fellowship for even your Youth Group regulars.

Come let our Life Teen Staff and volunteers spoil you – you work so hard for the teens and their families…let us work hard for you. Give your own spirit the gift of renewal and give your teens the inspiration they need to renew not only your youth group but your entire parish community. Join us for a weekend of engaging liturgies, inspiring music, challenging talks and overwhelming joy.

Experience a Steubenville Conference

Franciscan University of Steubenville offers 21 Conferences total and Life Teen has the pleasure of hosting 4 of those conferences (Atlanta, East, West & NYC). We invite you to come to one of our conference because we believe they offer some unique experiences. Here’s how a Steubenville Conference hosted by Life Teen can benefit you, your teens, and their parents.

Teens

One of St. Augustine’s most famous quotes is, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O Lord.” These words often describe the spiritual angst that teenagers experience throughout their high school years. Every teen has the desire to achieve something great and to be someone great. We see this desire played out on social media daily. At a Steubenville Conference, teens will learn what it takes to be great in this life. Teens will come to experience a relationship with Christ that can radically transform everything in their life. The goal of every Steubenville Conference is for teens to open their hearts to Jesus Christ who desires their lives to be fulfilling, exciting, and joyful!

Youth Ministers

Being a youth minister is one of the most important tasks in the Church today. Throughout the year, youth ministers work tirelessly to evangelize and catechize the teens in their parishes. Attending a Steubenville Conference provides youth ministers the freedom to not have to worry about content preparation and instead focus on the relational ministry that is so necessary in every parish. This conference can be the launching point for discipleship, peer leadership, deeper prayer and a ministry rooted in the sacraments. You just have to get the teens there…and we’ll worry about the rest! Beyond, this weekend Life Teen has dedicated full-time staff to support your ministry throughout the year. We want to help you make sure the seeds that are sown on this weekend are nurtured throughout the year at your parish.

Parents

Parents are the “primary catechists” of their teens and this is a daunting task when trying to navigate the ups and downs of a teen’s high school years. Between all the extra curricular commitments and academic obligations it can seem near impossible to make church a priority for teens. A Steubenville Conference often has the ability to give teens the spiritual boost that Catholic parents desire for their teens. Many teens have been known to come back from a Steubenville Conference not only renewed in their faith, but taking the lead to initiate prayer within their own family. Imagine how your teen will feel knowing after a Steubenville Conference that the Church is dynamic, alive, and full of hope just like them.

Speakers and Musicians

Paul George

Paul George is a husband, father, and follower of Jesus. A passionate believer and communicator of the Gospel, Paul has traveled the world proclaiming God’s love and freedom as a parish youth minister, diocesan director, author, and full-time evangelist. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas. Paul lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he directs the campus ministry program at University of Louisiana/Our Lady of Wisdom Parish and serves as a professor of theology at the Aquinas Institute on campus. Paul also co-founded and directs Adore Ministries, a nonprofit Catholic organization whose mission is to call all people to worship God with their entire lives. He and his wife have four children.

Joel Stepanek

Joel Stepanek has been actively and passionately involved in youth ministry for over 10 years. What began as a simple internship in a parish youth ministry office evolved into an incredible adventure that led him on numerous middle school lock ins, high school retreats, and ultimately to meet his wife, Colleen, who is a campus minister. Joel is the life support coordinator for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry curriculum for high school students. He received his undergraduate degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University. He loves cooking, spending time with his wife, and cheering exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.

Ike Ndolo

Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri to Nigerian parents and grew up in a home that rang with hymns sung by his mother. Since then, his love of music and talent as a musician and worship leader has been encouraged by his mentors, Tom Booth and Matt Maher. Ike leads worship every Sunday at his church in Tempe Arizona, and travels the country leading others to Christ. He also has a great zeal for missionary work, and so far his travels have taken him from Mexico all the way to China. Ike feels called to be a servant to those around him through his art, through his music and through his life. Ike's sophomore album “Rivers” was released in 2012.

Katie Hartfiel

Katie Hartfiel is an author and speaker dedicated to sharing the intense love of the Lord. As a teenager, Katie fell in love with Christ at a Steubenville youth conference in her home state of Colorado. She received a degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and served as a youth minister for seven years in Houston, where she now resides with her husband, Mark, and two daughters. In 2012, Katie released her first book, Woman in Love. This work coaches young women as they strive for purity through praying for and journaling to their future spouse. She has been blessed to watch hearts come alive with the realization that our faithful God hungers to exceed our deepest desires.

Fr. Richard O'Donnell

Father Richard O’Donnell, a native of the Boston area, studied at Boston College, St. John Seminary, and Mount St. Mary University. After his studies were completed, he was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2005 for the Diocese of Burlington. Since then, he has served in numerous parishes and is currently the pastor of Christ the King in Burlington, Vermont. Father Rich has served as director of Youth Ministry for the diocese and presently serves as a dean for the diocese. He has worked at Life Teen summer camps and speaks at parishes all over the country. Father Rich loves celebrating the sacraments as a priest, and enjoys golf, spending time with friends, roller coasters, and the ocean.

Sean Forrest

Sean Forrest is an international speaker, performing artist, author, radio host, and retreat leader who speaks to over 30,000 youth and families annually. He is the recipient of the “Of God and Youth Award,” and the United Catholic Music and Video Association’s award for Best New Artist. He has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and in a music special with singer Dana. Sean is currently studying theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he is also an instructor. Sean is the founder, president, and executive director of Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc., a not-for-profit Catholic ministry dedicated to renewing the Church and society. Sean, his wife, Julie, and their three children, live in Connecticut.

Schedule

What's Happening & When It's Happening

Hotels

All hotels listed have provided special rates for Life Teen Steubenville Atlanta that includes complimentary breakfast for up to four guests. Please call the hotel directly to make your reservations.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Duluth

3530 Breckinridge Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
678.405.2900
$99/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: I-85 North to Exit 104/Pleasant Hill Road. Turn right and go .2 mile. Turn left onto Breckinridge Blvd. I-85 South to Exit 104/Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left and go .3 mile. Turn left onto Breckinridge Blvd.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.8 miles

Homewood Suites Lawrenceville/Duluth

1775 N. Brown Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
$109/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: From I-85 Northbound take Exit 108-Sugarloaf Pkwy and turn left at the end of the exit ramp towards Discover Mills. Go less than .5 miles and turn left onto North Brown Road. The hotel is on your immediate left.

From I-85 Southbound take Exit 109-Old Peachtree/Sugarloaf Parkway follow exit signage to Sugarloaf Parkway and turn left at the end of the exit ramp towards Discover Mills. Go less than .5 miles and turn left onto North Brown Road. The hotel is on your immediate left.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: .5 miles

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall

3530 Venture Parkway
Duluth, Georgia, 30096
770-623-9699

$89/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: North on I-85. Take Exit 104 (Pleasant Hill Road). Turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. Turn right onto Venture Parkway. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall is on the right-hand side. South on I-85. Take Exit 104 (Pleasant Hill Road). Turn right onto Pleasant Hill Road. Turn right onto Venture Parkway. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall is on the right-hand side.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.2 miles

Hampton Inn – Lawrenceville/I-85/Sugarloaf

6010 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
678-407-0018

$109/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: From I-85 Northbound take Exit 108-Sugarloaf Pkwy and turn left at the end of the exit ramp towards Discover Mills. Go less than .5 miles and turn left onto North Brown Road. The hotel is on your immediate left.

From I-85 Southbound take Exit 109-Old Peachtree/Sugarloaf Parkway follow exit signage to Sugarloaf Parkway and turn left at the end of the exit ramp towards Discover Mills. Go less than .5 miles and turn left onto North Brown Road. The hotel is on your immediate left.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: .5 miles

Hampton Inn Lawrenceville

1135 Lakes Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA  30043
770-338-9600

$109/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: I85-North to exit 106(GA Hwy.316). Exit Riverside Pkwy. Turn left. Turn right onto Lakes Pkwy.

I85-South to exit 107 (Duluth Hwy/Hwy 120) turn left. Go approx. 4 miles to Riverside Parkway, turn right. Turn left onto Lakes Parkway.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.1 miles

Hilton Garden Inn Gwinnett/Sugarloaf

2040 Sugarloaf Circle
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770-495-7600

$109/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions I-85-North Take exit 108/Sugarloaf Parkway. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Sugarloaf Parkway. Turn left onto Satellite Blvd. Then turn left into Sugarloaf Corporate Center, hotel is behind Chick-Fil-A.
I-85-South Take Exit 109/Sugarloaf Parkway. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Sugarloaf Parkway. Turn left onto Satellite Blvd. Turn left into Sugarloaf Corporate Center, hotel is behind Chick-Fil-A.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: .39 miles

LaQuinta Inn Duluth

2370 Stephens Center Drive
Duluth GA 30096
678.957.0500

$89/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: I-85 north: to exit 105 (Hwy 316). Stay to your right and take the Boggs Rd. exit. Make a left at the light (Boggs Rd.) and take to Satellite Blvd. turn right, the hotel will be on right.

I-85 south: to Exit 107 (Hwy 120). Go to the top of the ramp, turn right at the light (Duluth Hwy/Hwy 120) and take to Satellite Blvd. turn left, the hotel will be on left.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 2.2 miles

Residence Inn Atlanta NE/Duluth Sugarloaf

1940 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, Georgia 30097
770-814-2929

$119/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: North on I-85. Take exit 108 for Sugarloaf Parkway. Turn right onto the parkway and at the first traffic light, turn right onto Satellite Boulevard. South on I-85. Take the Old Peachtree Rd exit, EXIT 109, toward Sugarloaf Pkwy, Turn right onto Sugarloaf Pky NW, Turn right onto Satellite Blvd NW. Hotel is on right.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: .46 miles

Wyndham Garden Duluth

1948 Day Drive
Duluth, GA 30096
770.814.2800

$89/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: North on I-85. Take Exit 104 (Pleasant Hill Road). Turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left onto Venture Drive NW. Turn left onto Day Drive NW. South on I-85. Take Exit 104 (Pleasant Hill Road). Turn right onto Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left onto Venture Drive NW. Turn left on Day Drive NW.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 5.04 miles

Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta Hotel

1775 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
770-923-1775 or 855-463-3095

$105/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: I-85 North to Exit 104/Pleasant Hill Road. Turn right and go .5 mile. Hotel is on the right. I-85 South to Exit 104/Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left and go .6 mile. Hotel is on the right.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.9 miles

Frequently Asked Questions

Location: Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia

All sessions, breakouts, and dining for Steubenville Atlanta are located at the Gwinnett Convention Center about thirty minutes north of Atlanta. All hotels are in the Duluth, Georgia area as well – either at the same exit or an exit or two away. When reserving your hotel, check how far the hotel is from the convention center to help with planning.

6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy #100
Duluth, GA 30097
United States

Who can attend Life Teen Steubenville Atlanta?

Incoming high school freshman and graduated high school seniors. All chaperones, must be over 21 years old or in line with your diocesan policy. If you are between 18-21, you may attend the conference as a small group leader with your group and NOT a chaperone.

How can I volunteer?

This year we are currently at our max capacity for volunteers. Thank you so much and please check back for the 2016 conference.

Where will we stay?

Housing will be in hotels within five miles of Gwinnett Center. See section on recommended hotels. Remember, group leaders reserve their own rooms.

What if a priest is accompanying my group?

Life Teen Steubenville Atlanta highly encourages priest participation. Priests are a wonderful witness and their presence helps young people consider this great vocation. We are greatly in need of priests during the conference to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Remember their registration fee is free and that a Priest Information form is required.

How do I register?

We are here to make registration easy! Click on the green registration link below to get started. You will reserve your spots online this year and receive confirmation through email. For more detailed registration procedures click on the Group Leader check list below. Contact Karen Devine at 404-594-1917 or by emailing steubenville@lifeteen.com with any questions you may have.

How many adults need to come?

The guidelines from the Archdiocese of Atlanta require 1 adult chaperone per 8 teenagers. No teenagers will be allowed to drive to or from the conference site.

Can group leaders and adult chaperones bring infants and children?

Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. Meeting rooms and residence halls are not designed for the care of young children. In addition, the focus of the Adult Chaperones/Group Leader need to be on the youth participants. If these adults bring their own children, their focus will be split. With the best care of the youth in mind, this is not allowed.

What about the bus driver?

Other housing arrangements must be made for bus drivers. Remember to mention Steubenville Atlanta/Life Teen at your hotel.

What if my teen has a disability or a food allergy?

Please inform Karen Devine in the registration office as soon as possible of any special disability needs an individual in your group may have. For example, we can arrange to have an interpreter for someone who is hearing impaired during parts of the conference or have special meals prepared. We need to know this in advance, however, in order to do our best to accommodate your specific needs.

Do you have scholarship money available?

We do have a limited amount of scholarship money available. To apply for these funds, contact Martha Hall, the Regional Coordinator of this conference.

Who do I contact for more information?

We have a whole team ready to help you! For registration questions, contact Karen Devine at steubenville@lifeteen.com. For conference questions, contact Martha Hall at mhall@lifeteen.com. For general Life Teen Events questions, contact Stephen Lenahan at slenahan@lifeteen.com or Sarah Houde at shoude@lifeteen.com. If you ever need to call someone to get your question answered, contact Stephen or Sarah in our Atlanta office at 800-809-3902. We are always ready and able to help!

Register Now

To register, click the “Register Now” button.

Payment policies, cancellation information, and paperwork information can be found below.

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Location

Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy #100
Duluth, GA 30097
United States

Price

Early Bird Cost: $165 (until June 1)
Cost after June 1: $180
Deposit Amount: $50

Deadline for Payment of Deposit: 2 weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: June 1

More information regarding paperwork and costs can be found below. In order to serve our guests in the best possible way, we have adopted the below registration and cancellation policies for 2015. We will be adhering to these guidelines to allow as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience Steubenville Atlanta.

HAVE A QUESTION? CONTACT US!

We have a whole team ready to help you!

For registration questions, contact Karen Devine at 404-594-1917 or by emailing her at steubenville@lifeteen.com.

For conference questions, contact Martha Hall at mhall@lifeteen.com.

For general Life Teen Events questions, contact Stephen Lenahan at slenahan@lifeteen.com or Sarah Houde at shoude@lifeteen.comshoude@lifeteen.com.

If you ever need to call someone to get your question answered, contact Stephen or Sarah in our Atlanta office at 800-809-3902. We are always ready and able to help!

Payment Info

  • If the deposit has not been paid online by credit card, a deposit check must be
    received in the Life Teen offices no more than 2 weeks after the date you registered
    online to secure and confirm your spots.
  • Checks should be made out to Life Teen and mailed to:
    Life Teen
    Attn: Steubenville Atlanta
    2222 S. Dobson Rd. Ste. 601
    Mesa, Arizona 85202
  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance.
  • Final balance payments must be received in the Life Teen offices by June 1, 2015 in order to receive the early bird pricing.

Cancellation Policies

  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance.
  • Parishes may drop unneeded spots until June 1, 2015. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed.
  • Spots may be dropped by emailing Karen Devine at steubenville@lifeteen.com.
  • Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by June 1st.

Paperwork

 

  • Please download and read the document entitled “Registration Checklist & Info” for all of the important details regarding deadlines and paperwork.
  • For all priests & deacons, a Statement of the Ordinary/Provincial must be received by the Archdiocese of Atlanta no later than June 15.
  • Group rosters must be completed online by July 1 (see Registration Checklist for more info).
  • Safe Environment Compliance Forms & Liability Release Forms must be signed, completed in full, and turned in upon arrival to the conference.