Steubenville East

Presented by Life Teen
July 18-20, 2014

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.

This has been the closest I have ever been to Jesus Christ and I'm so thankful I could have this experience #STEUBIEEAST ♥


Experience the Quality of a Life Teen Event

Franciscan University of Steubenville offers 17 Conferences total and Life Teen has the pleasure of hosting 3 of those conferences (Atlanta, East, West). 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.

Steubenville East was literally the best experience I ever could have had. So excited for next year #SteubieEast


Speakers and Musicians

Jackie Francois

Jackie Francois has taken the Catholic world by storm. After growing up through Life Teen, becoming a summer missionary at our Life Teen Summer Camps, and being a local Life Teen youth minister in California, Jackie has now focused her ministry on evangelizing teens through powerful talks, music, and entertainment. Jackie is a recording artist with and recently married the love of her life Bobby Angel last year.

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 Life Teen 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 non-profit Catholic organization whose mission is to call all people to worship God with their entire lives. He and his wife have four children, and is the creator of College Life, Life Teen’s college ministry for parishes..

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 cheers exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.

Jon Niven

Jon is a musician and songwriter who has helped usher thousands of people into the heart of Jesus with his gift for leading worship. The prayer-fulness and genuine humility he conveys in leading worship are unmistakable and help lead the worshiper deeper into an encounter with God. He is currently the music minister for Life Teen at St. Mary’s in Dedham, Massachusetts. As the co-founder of LIFT Ministries, Jon has led worship for countless retreats, adoration services, healing services, Masses, and has played at many larger events such as Steubenville East and the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Fr. John Parks

Father John Parks is a priest for the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Before seminary, Father Parks was a teen at a local Life Teen parish in Phoenix and then went on to receive a degree in theatre from Arizona State University. Father Parks was ordained a priest in 2010, and is chaplain at at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Father Parks has a great passion for the Gospel and loves being a priest.

Michael Gormley

Michael Gormley is better known to friends as “Gomer.” He has a degree in philosophy and theology from Franciscan University. He has been a youth minister for eight years and runs his own ministry online entitled LayEvangelist. Gomer enjoys politics and economics, as well as web design and development. He believes he is the luckiest husband in the world, married to Shannon and proud dad to Kateri Marie and Cecilia Maria. Although he was not born there, he considers himself a true Texan.

University of Rhode Island

As many of you know, the Steubenville East Catholic Youth Conference has been selling out the past few years, which has been an incredible blessing to countless teens and parishes! Our goal at Life Teen, however, has always been to reach out, not to sell out because we know how many teens still need to encounter Christ.

In effort to increase overall capacity at Steubenville East we have reached a new agreement with the University of Rhode Island to increase capacity at Steubenville East without losing the quality of the experience for your teens. If you have ever thought about coming to Steubenville conference or made the trek for more than tes years, now is the time to bring your teens this incredibly impactful, prayerful, and Catholic event this summer.

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

"God is not interested in my comfort. He is interested in my salvation." - @LT_TheBiblegeek #steubieEast


Here’s everything you need to know: what’s going down and when.

Steubenville East Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Location: University of Rhode Island

Steubenville East will take place at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island. Dining will take place at dining halls on campus and housing will be in various dorms on campus as well.  Once you arrive on campus, parking officials will guide you to registration.  In an effort to increase overall capacity at Steubenville East we have been researching and identifying new locations in the New England area to help us reach even more teens for the Lord. We are very pleased to announce that we have found a new home for Steubenville East beginning in the summer of 2015 at University of Massachusetts Lowell. This new location will allow for growth and makes travel even easier for all of our New England parishes. We’re very excited for even more young souls to experience the brand-new Steubenville East at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 2015!

But wait, there’s more good news! As we prepare for next year’s site transition, the University of Rhode Island has agreed this July to accommodate even more participants than in past years for the summer of 2014. We are grateful to URI for accommodating our growing Steubenville East family and we have plans to make our last summer in Rhode Island the biggest and best one yet!

 Ryan Center – URI
1 Lincoln Almond Plaza
Kingston, RI 02881

Who can attend Steubenville East?

Steubenville East is designed for incoming freshmen through outgoing seniors in high school accompanied by their adult chaperones, age 21 and older.

How can I volunteer?

We are always in need of additional volunteers to make Steubenville East a success. Contact Heather Flynn or Jill Patten at for more information.

What are the criteria for youth, group leader, and chaperone?

Group Leader: The adult responsible for organizing your trip and serving as the main contact for your group. Written and oral correspondence takes place between the group leader and the conference office. The group leader must be attending the conference and will be responsible for the entire group.

Adult Chaperone: Adult, age 21 +, attending to chaperone the youth. For the safety of the youth and to foster productive small group times, the ratio of adult to youth is 1 adult per 6 youth in your group and the chaperones must be gender-specific. We ask that your group not exceed the maximum adult to youth ratio. This weekend is challenging physically and spiritually. It is a time of deep ministry and small group time. We recommend that chaperones feel comfortable directing, sharing with, and praying with youth.

Youth: Youth participants in the conference must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in the fall of 2014 or have been a 2014 high school graduate.

Can I send my youth alone?

In order to provide the best possible context for fellowship, sharing, ministry, and supervision, the youth conferences handle registration by groups only. No individual registrations will be accepted.

What do I do if I have a food allergy?

If you have a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please let us know. There is a section that allows you to share this information with us during the online registration process.

We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.

What is the weather like? How should I dress?

Rhode Island can be very warm during the summer. Dress to be casual, comfortable, and modest.

I am a priest and I would like to concelebrate Mass. What do I need to bring with me?

We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments as we cannot promise that we will have enough or the correct size. We have a vesting room where you can leave your vestments all weekend.

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.

Someone in my group has a special need for housing due to a physical handicap. What should I do?

We will do our very best to help accommodate whatever needs that individual may have. Remember, we can only help as much as you communicate with us. For that reason, please contact Pattie Flynn at 781-326-0745 (please don’t call after 7 PM) early as possible to explain your need.

I am a chaperone coming to the conference and want to bring my small children; can I do that?

Life Teen strongly supports Catholic family life. However, 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 needs 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, please refrain from bringing non-participant children with you.

How many chaperones do we need to bring?

We require you to have one adult chaperone per six teenagers. The chaperone ratio must be gender specific; thus if you are bringing male and female teens you must have 1 male chaperone for up to every 6 male teens and 1 female chaperone for up to every 6 female teens. Priests do not count as chaperones.

What should I pack?

Each participant should bring clothing appropriate/comfortable for a church function and warm weather, his or her personal items, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, washcloth, Bible, journal, and spending money (many participants like to get things from our bookstore or the concession stands when the session ends each night).

Do you have scholarship money available?

We do have a limited amount of scholarship money available. To apply for these funds, contact Pattie Flynn at

Who do I contact for more information?

We have a whole team ready to help you!

For registration questions, contact Mary Beale at

For conference questions, contact Pattie Flynn 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!

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.

Register Now

Registration will open on Monday, January 13 at 10:00 am Eastern. An easy registration link will be available below.

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


Ryan Center - URI
1 Lincoln Almond Plaza
Kingston, RI 02881
United States

Pricing / Paperwork

Cost: $215 (after June 1: $230)
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.

Have a question? Contact us!

We have a whole team ready to help you!

For registration questions, contact Mary Beale at

For conference questions, contact Pattie Flynn 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 and Late Fees

  • 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 East
    6105 Blue Stone Rd. Suite B
    Atlanta, GA 30328
  • 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, 2014 or a late fee will be charged.
  • A late fee of $15 per spot will be automatically applied to every registration for which payment has not been received in full by June 1.
  • An additional $10 late fee per spot will be added for each month the balance remains unpaid.

Cancellation Policies

  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable to the final balance.
  • Parishes may drop unneeded spots until May 15, 2014. The $50 deposit will be forfeited, but the remaining balance will not be owed.
  • Spots may be dropped by logging in to your online registration or by emailing Mary Beale at
  • Parishes will be held responsible for payment in full for all spots not dropped by May 15th.