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FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY RELEASE: Nineteen conferences across the U.S. and Canada will root more than 38,000 teens in Christ this summer.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Stefanick spoke to over 1700 teens, youth ministers, chaperones, priests, and religious, who packed Finnegan Fieldhouse June 17-19 for Franciscan University of Steubenville's first on-campus High School Youth Conference of the summer. Nearly 40,000 teens will attend Franciscan's conferences this summer in 11 states and Canada.

The weekend centered around Jesus Christ, present in the Eucharist at Mass and in adoration, and his Holy Spirit, speaking through God's Word in Scripture and the magisterial teaching of the Church to bring the life and love of the Father to every human heart.

A conference highlight was a quiz-show style contest to win free copies of the new international youth catechism, YouCat, made possible through a partnership with Ignatius Press.

Other highlights of the weekend included talks by former MTV personality and director of Internet Ministries for Life Teen Matt Smith, a concert with Catholic singer and songwriter Kelly Pease, and life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ, especially through the sacraments.

"Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and come to know him in a deeper way," said Bob Rice, leader of the music ministry at the University's summer conferences. "As beautiful as it is to adore Christ in the Eucharist, it's even more beautiful to receive him."

Many youth were moved throughout the weekend to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

For audio recordings of the main talks by conference speakers, visit the Franciscan University Bookstore Conference page.

Upcoming Franciscan University summer conferences for adults include the Applied Biblical Studies Conference (July 27-29) for those seeking a deeper knowledge and understanding of Scripture, and the Defending the Faith Conference (July 29-31), which focuses on Catholic apologetics. Find out more at Franciscan University of Steubenville Summer Conferences

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