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Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
Hidden Lake is home to an incredible Catholic community, gorgeous views, welcoming meeting spaces and so much more. Dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ, we hope you'll be welcomed home to Hidden Lake soon.
The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 24 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Each summer, Life Teen hosts several Steubenville Youth Conferences with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
We are offered a future full of hope. That future, however, will not simply arrive at our doorstep. We must co-labor with Christ as he speaks hope into this world. A future of hope starts with the youth of today. They are tomorrow’s prophets and apostles, developers and doctors, teachers and preachers, athletes and artists, mystics and martyrs. How they are shaped today will be how they shape tomorrow.
There are many women who are a vital part of salvation history and their stories are critical parts of Sacred Scripture. This scriptural devotion will inspire young women to raise their heads along with Mary, Martha, Lydia, and Esther and look into the eyes of Jesus, the God who loves deeply and perfectly.
You are going to make thousands of decisions today and one of them might change your life. Are you confident that what you want and what God want are the same thing? Don’t leave it up to chance - leave it in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
Edge helps middle schoolers unleash who they were created to be, in Christ.
Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.
Life Teen Missions is answering the call from Christ’s final command in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” through our specific ministry to teens. We invest in the lives of the youth around us by inviting them into relationship and teaching them what it means to follow Christ.
Full-time missions with Life Teen is an opportunity to dive into a year of formation at Covecrest, Hidden Lake or Haiti, that is rooted in the sacraments and focused on forming missionary disciples dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ .
From prayer exercises to work projects to formation sessions, all activities are focused on formation through studying and exploring Catholic Missionary Spirituality.
Formation sessions are focused on spiritual reading such as “Story of a Soul” by St. Therese or “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen, as well as teachings of the Church and Holy Scripture. Themes include: Scripture and Prayer, Missionary Heart, Evangelization, Mary and Life Teen Core Values, and Theology of the Body.
A rhythm of a prayer is at the heart of the formation year, centered around a holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament every morning, daily Mass, rosaries, and liturgy of the hours.
Missionaries participate in a number of outreach efforts in order to lead teens closer to Christ, both at their respective mission bases, and beyond.
Retreat groups that travel to Life Teen Camps are assisted by missionaries in whatever capacity they are needed. Parishes, core teams, and even other missionary organizations are just a few of the groups that missionaries will welcome home and journey with during their stay.
Local outreach is also part of the mission year, through discipling teens at local schools, assisting in community cleanups or events, engaging in homeless ministry, and much more.
Missionaries travel to Haiti for a 10-day foreign mission trip, as well as serve in leadership positions over the summer during Life Teen Summer Camp.
Life Teen missionaries live together, pray together and grow together. At each of the three mission bases, all male missionaries live together and all female missionaries live together. All missionaries share bedrooms and living spaces.
Missionaries will also journey alongside the Life Teen staff members and their families who are living at their mission base, through weekly community recreation time and family dinners every other week.
Missionaries are stretched, but ultimately strengthened through the mission base community, by building trust through vulnerability, affirmation and encouragement.
Looking for Life Teen’s missions program that’s just over the summer? Head over to Life Teen Summer Missions
Have more questions about full-time missions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information