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The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Life Teen hosts six Steubenville Youth Conferences with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Convention has become America’s premier event for everyone involved in parish youth ministry. Why? Maybe it’s because we are different. We believe in practical, comprehensive youth ministry training. But we don’t think that’s enough. That’s why we incorporate elements of a spiritual retreat into the training convention. Because youth ministry isn’t about what you know, it’s Who you know.
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We have a place for you at the Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. Join us for effective and comprehensive youth ministry training, powerful spiritual renewal, and family-like solidarity and support from hundreds of youth workers across the globe.
President, Franciscan University
Pastor, Our Lady of the Rosary
St. Amant, LA
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Check-in runs from 11am-2pm.
Pre-conference activities begin at 1:30pm.
Convention officially starts at 3pm on Sunday and ends at 12pm on Wednesday.
Check back soon for the full schedule.
$555 Super Early Bird // by Mar. 15
$575 Early Bird // by Apr. 15
$595 Regular Rate // Apr. 15 Onward
Registration fee includes all sessions, breakouts, materials, Sunday dinner, Monday lunch & dinner, and Tuesday lunch & dinner.
Guests are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms.
DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
Website: DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
Location: 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Cut Off Date: May 15th or when block fills
To Book: Click this link to book online. Or call the DoubleTree directly at 800-222-8733, and be sure to mention that you are with the “Life Teen Ministry” conference to receive the discounted rate.
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All registration fees must be paid no later than 30 days prior to the event. Payment can be made by check or credit card.
Checks should be made out to Life Teen and mailed to:
Life Teen, Inc.
ATTN: Convention 2020
P.O. Box 117299
Atlanta, GA 30368-7299
60 or more days before = full refund
30-60 days before = $100 cancellation fee
14-30 days before = $200 cancellation fee
Less than 14 days before = no refund
Generous donors have made it possible for all priests to attend any Life Teen training conference for free — because we believe priests are essential for effective youth ministry.
This event provides an opportunity for priests with a passion for their vocation and for serving the young church to connect and support one another. The training sessions will provide you with material to take home to grow your parish community and the times of prayer will contribute to your own spiritual renewal. The combination of these things all in one place leads priests who attend once to return year after year.
Simply indicate you are a priest when you register and your registration fee will be waived. If you’re a priest and you’ve never been to a Life Teen event before, we will also cover your flight and hotel expenses! To receive this portion of the scholarship, please register online for the conference and then submit this Shepherd’s Scholarship application form along with your airfare and hotel receipts to Mary Zitelli, Events Registration Coordinator. Please contact her with any questions at email@example.com or call 800-809-3902 ext. 231.
Your Convention fee includes all sessions, breakouts, and materials. In addition Sunday dinner, Monday lunch and dinner, and Tuesday lunch and dinner are included. Guests are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms.
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.
Phoenix is very warm during the summer. Dress to be casual and comfortable. The main room/breakout rooms can get chilly so bring a sweater or sweatshirt too. There is a pool at the resort so bring your bathing suit!
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments (alb & stole) along with a copy of your Letter of Good Standing.
The closest airport is the phoenix sky harbor international airport (phx). It’s less than 30 minutes drive from the convention site.
Check-in runs from 11:00am-2:00pm. Pre-conference activities begin at 1:30pm. Convention officially starts at 3:00pm on Sunday. Convention ends at 12:00pm on Wednesday.
Life Teen does not provide transportation to and from the airport for the convention. We do recommend Uber and Lyft as good options for transportation from the airport to the resort, and for getting around Scottsdale/Phoenix.
These hotels host numerous events throughout the year and sometimes the person on the phone may not be aware of our conference. It may be a simple mistake in relaying the proper information to you. One recommendation is to hang up and call back to speak with a different person. The other recommendation is to ask if every night of your stay is full or if only one night is the issue. If the problem continues, try booking a room at one of the other properties or contact Mary Zitelli, Events Registration Coordinator, at 800-809-3902 ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, we will have a digital audio download of all keynote and breakout talks for sale at the conference. The digital download will not contain music that is played at the conference (we cannot record and distribute music for copyright reasons). In the registration process, you will have an option to pre-order the digital download. You can also purchase the download on site. Digital talk downloads cannot be ordered after the event ends or by people who don’t attend the event, so be sure to pre-order yours or order it on site! Cost is $60.
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your families! If they would like to join you for meals, you can purchase an Additional Meal Plan for each of them when you register. The meal plan costs $165/person. While conference sessions are for registered participants only, family members are welcome to attend Mass with you each day.
We have a limited amount of scholarship money available for youth ministers only. Unfortunately, we do not have funds available for core members. If you are in great need of financial assistance, please download this scholarship application and submit it. Priests should see the Shepherd’s Scholarship info.
We are here to help you! You can always contact the Events Team with any questions you may have.
Mary Zitelli, Events Registration Coordinator
email@example.com, 800-809-3902 ext. 231
Miranda Baniewicz, Assistant to the Director of Events
firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-809-3902 ext. 226
Sarah Houde, Director of Events
email@example.com, 800-809-3902 ext. 201