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Steubenville Atlanta

Presented by Life Teen
July 10-12, 2015

Why come to a Steubenville Conference?


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.


Each summer, Life Teen hosts three different Steubenville Youth Conferences (East, West, 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.

@LifeTeen #SteubieATL has been the best weekend of my entire life I can't wait to go back every summer now!❤


Experience the Quality of a Life Teen Event

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 parish, and your youth.

Environment and Production

When a teen remembers her experience at a Steubenville Conference, she won’t always be able to tell you what a speaker talked about but they will be able to explain how they felt. We carefully craft a great production experience (lighting, sound, screens, staging) because  we understand how audio and visual aids help a teen hear and understand the Gospel message. As one teen told us last year, “I knew this was going to be an important weekend because I saw how much effort you put into making the stage feel important.”

Registration Ease

Every step of the registration process is easy and helpful. Our online registration system makes it simple to register your entire group. We have dedicated staff to help your group from the time you register to the time you arrive on site. And when you arrive, we make the check-in process simple, fast, and helpful. Make your life easy this summer with one of our conferences.


At Life Teen, you are part of a movement and a family. We want to serve you because we see Jesus in you. We want a relationship that doesn’t just end on Sunday, but one that gets better when you arrive home. Our volunteers and staff are all trained to be exceptional hosts for you, so whatever you need we’re here to help.

Depth of Prayer

The Steubenville office and Life Teen staff work exceptionally hard on making our conferences prayerful. Our staff works particularly closely with the conference hosts, musicians, and speakers to ensure your teens are purposefully drawn into deep and dynamic prayer. Our goal is not for your teens to leave just excited about an event, but to really lead them into an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Full-Time Support

Life Teen has a large and varied staff that include dedicated conference-site coordinators, along with veteran youth ministers, professional event coordinators, production staff, media staff, and more to help ensure that every need is taken care of. If you need anything we are available to support you and parish before, during, and after the Steubenville Youth Conference.

We Know Teens!

Life Teen is the largest Catholic youth movement in the world. Our entire ministry is dedicated to serving the young Church and the parishes that lead teens closer to Christ. We understand the needs of teens AND youth ministers and we work hard to ensure that both are served all-year long.

Such a blessing to see this generation rising up in holiness and hunger for God. This world will not overcome us. #SteubieATL #TeamCatholic


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.

'No matter what your vocation, Jesus is calling you to come, follow Jesus, and die. There is no other way around it.' #SteubieATL


My name is Kristen Green. I am 16 years old and I am from Franklin County Tennessee. Steubenville really was a life changing experience for me. I first went the summer before my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t really sure what to expect so I was very nervous. I never attended church and was not baptized so I knew I would be lost and not know exactly what to do. My aunt and cousin wanted me to go so I did and my cousin was with me the entire time. We helped out in the chapel that year and it was really neat. I enjoyed it a lot and I couldn’t wait to go next summer. I went back home to Tennessee and told my mom all about it. We decided to attend church a little more and we did.

When I went to Steubenville Atlanta again next summer I was really happy. I had been going to church a little more so I wouldn’t be completely lost this time. During my second summer at Steubenville my faith really started to sink in. My cousin and I went together again but this year we were put with another youth group from Farmville, Virginia. We immediately loved them and it was instant fun. They were all such sweet people! Great kids. Great leaders. While I was there that summer I realized the importance of baptism. I knew it was something that I wanted. It was explained to me that I would have to go through RCIA so I was prepared to work hard because this is what I really wanted to do. On the last day, my cousin and I said goodbye to our Farmville friends with plenty of hugs and laughs. It was sad to leave but we knew that these were friends we would definitely keep in touch with. I was so blessed to be able to spend time with such amazing people that year at Steubenville that when it came time to head back to Tennessee, I knew for sure this time that church attendance would be a regular thing and RCIA was no option. My mother was so proud of me and happy that we were both in church on Sundays together.

Upon returning for my third summer at Steubenville I had joined my church parish youth group and been baptized on Easter. I felt so good on the inside and I was more ready than ever for a wonderful weekend with thousands of other teens. This time I went with my actual youth group and met up with two of my cousins. I met many other teens and built new friendships. I really enjoyed Steubenville that year because I was with my own group and even though we went to school together I felt like there was a different bond that we had when we were together that weekend. I love my youth group and I’m so glad that I joined it.

Steubenville is definitely one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in my life and throughout each of these conferences I was with the most amazing people! Every year while I’m there with all the other teens I take a moment to think about how blessed and lucky I truly am. I love Steubenville and I can’t wait to go back next year!


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Dear Brothers,

I write to invite you to send teens and adults from your parish to one of this year’s Steubenville Youth Conferences. I’ve been attending Steubenville Atlanta with teens for almost a decade now, and I can tell you that it has always proven to be a powerful encounter. The most important thing I’ve noticed about my teens that have attended is that they have come to a personal belief in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and that belief has transformed their identity as Catholics. But in addition to that, as a pastor, I have seen a couple of other significant things happen:

  • The energy carries on well after the weekend is over. As I write this letter, Advent is upon us and teens from last summer’s conference are still seeking daily Mass, volunteering in our food pantry, and engaging in parish programs with great enthusiasm.
  • It strengthens your existing youth ministry programs by giving you and your youth minister(s) a solid “core” of teens who are on-board to participate, bring friends, and get involved.
  • Teens have such powerful experiences of Christ on the weekend that they come home and evangelize their parents and siblings. I have seen family unity and prayer strengthened greatly as a result of Steubenville conferences.
  • Our parents don’t always understand what goes on during the weekends beforehand, but they greatly understand when they see their children living the faith joyfully. Most parents gladly pay for their teens to repeat the trip the following year—and a few of our parents with teens now graduated still “scholarship” to pay for other teens to go!
  • The parish sees the enthusiasm of our teens after weekends like this and sees a great hope for the future of the Church—which increases their involvement, giving, and joy for the parish.

All in all, I hope you will encourage your teens to make the trip and join us (maybe again) for one of these conferences. Partnering with Life Teen, a tremendous movement and provider of resources for quality youth ministry, this is truly the “best of the best” for programming and teaching for youth in the country.

Finally, I hope that you will consider joining me and dozens of other priests for the weekend. The lines for the Sacrament of Penance seem to never end, but the experience of offering reconciliation to endless numbers of teens is a beautiful mix of exhausting and energizing. For some like me, it has been a powerful renewal of my priesthood each summer. Priests attend for free, and you’ll never feel more loved and supported than by the staff, Life Teen community, and most importantly your own teens.

I hope to see you this summer!

Fraternally yours in Christ

LEAD: Leadership, Evangelization, and Discipleship

Franciscan LEAD is a dynamic Catholic leadership opportunity for teens that are ready to step up to the next level in leadership and evangelization. It 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. Franciscan LEAD is directed and facilitated by well-trained young adults and youth ministers and will equip and empower high school youth to witness the Catholic faith to their peers and prepare them for ongoing service in evangelization. The week is rooted in the truths of Scripture, the Catechism, and the lives of the saints. Each day of training will consist of workshops on discipleship including how to develop a prayer life, overcoming sin through the Sacraments, and other practical tools for developing their faith. The week will also include evangelization training on being an effective witness through topics such as how to share their personal testimony, servant leadership, how to answer difficult questions about Catholicism, and being an authentic witness.

For more information about having a teen be part of LEAD, go to Steubenville’s LEAD page.


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.

Country Inn and Suites

3530 Breckinridge Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
$79/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

Fairfield Inn and Suites Atlanta Gwinnett Place

3570 Breckinridge Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
$109/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: Interstate 85 North to exit 104. Turn right off exit onto Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left onto Pleasant Hill Rd. Left onto Breckinridge Blvd NW

Interstate 85 South. At exit 104, take ramp right for Pleasant Hill Road toward Pleasant Hill Road. Turn left onto Pleasant Hill Rd. Left onto Breckinridge Blvd NW

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.4 miles

Hampton Inn & Suites – Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett County

1725 Pineland Road,
Duluth, Georgia, 30096

$89/night Single/Double Occupancy

Directions: Northbound on I-85 – Exit 104 onto Pleasant Hill Rd. At top of ramp take a right. Turn right at 2nd stop light onto Crestwood Prkwy. Hotel is on the right southbound on I-85 – Exit 104 onto Pleasant Hill Rd. At the top of the ramp turn left. Turn right at 3rd stop light on Crestwood Prkwy. Hotel is on the right.

Distance to Gwinnett Center: 4.6 miles

Hampton Inn – Lawrenceville/I-85/Sugarloaf

6010 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

$99/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

$89/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

$94/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

$84/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

$109/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

$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

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?

We are always in need of additional volunteers to make Steubenville Atlanta a success. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Julie Brown at this email address.

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 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 registration page. As always, contact us at 800-809-3902 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 Gaynoe, 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 For conference questions, contact Martha Gaynoe at For general Life Teen Events questions, contact Stephen Lenahan at or Sarah Houde at 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

Registration will open on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:00 am Eastern. An easy registration link will be available below.

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


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

Pricing / Paperwork

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

For conference questions, contact Martha Gaynoe at

For general Life Teen Events questions, contact Stephen Lenahan at or Sarah Houde at

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
  • Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by June 1st.


  • 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.