Steubenville | St. Paul
July 26-28, 2024 | St. Paul, Minnesota
Join Us for this Transformational Catholic Event!
Steubenville | St. Paul is a weekend conference that evangelizes, equips and empowers 9th-12th grade youth to become radical, joyful disciples. Enjoy keynote speakers, praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, and much more.
Part of a series of 25 Steubenville Youth Conferences across North America that serve 50,000 young people annually, Steubenville | St. Paul is held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Steubenville Conference?
The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 25 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Our mission is to build the Church by evangelizing, equipping, and empowering God’s children to become radical and joyful disciples. For more information about the Steubenville Conferences, visit steubenvilleconferences.com.
What does a conference weekend look like?
Participants arrive with their groups and check-in mid-afternoon Friday. After dinner, the conference starts with a welcome from the Conference Host, who is part of the Ministry Team, a short teaching about worship and the Keynote address. The evening concludes with simple Eucharistic Adoration followed by time for the participants to gather in their small groups and/or go to Confession.
Saturday begins with Mass and separate Men’s and Women’s sessions that typically focuses on how to live a chaste life in the world today. Lunch starts the afternoon and happening simultaneously is another opportunity for small group time and/or Confession followed by the Senior and Graduated Senior workshop, an option of two workshops for all others and the afternoon Keynote.
Dinner, small group time and an opportunity for Confession begin Saturday evening. This is followed by the Keynote and, what is often described by teens and adults alike as the absolute highlight of the weekend, Eucharistic Holy Hour with formal procession throughout the entire arena. Again, at the conclusion, groups gather for their small group time and/or Confession.
Sunday morning starts with the Keynote address, which generally focuses on how to bring the things they have heard throughout the weekend into a personal and practical reality for their everyday life. The conference wraps-up with the closing Mass usually celebrated by the local Bishop.
Can I bring a priest with my group?
Bishops and priests are asked and strongly encouraged to attend the Steubenville Youth Conferences. All bishops and priests attend free of charge and must be registered online with your group. Bishops and priests may NOT register as chaperones. We ask that all bishops and priests participate in Liturgies and Reconciliation during the conference weekend, therefore, groups must have other adult males registered to meet the chaperone requirements.
Can young adults attend the conference?
The Steubenville Youth Conferences serve high school students, those entering 9th- 12th grades or who will have just graduated from high school. To be eligible to attend, teens must have at least completed 8th grade. Young adults ages 19-20 are invited to attend the conference with your group. They may not be chaperones or counted as youth. As an alternative, they may be interested in serving as Volunteers. All young adults attending with groups are required to show compliance with the Safe Environment requirements of their home dioceses.
Do you accommodate special needs?
With advance notice, we are usually able to accommodate most special needs, including physical disabilities, allergies, and dietary needs. Indicate these needs on individual registrations and whenever indicated on forms. Participants with food allergies will receive a wristband at check-in allowing them access to a special food line.
What meals are included?
Your conference registration fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast. A box lunch to-go is available to add on for Sunday for $12.50.
Are Conference T-Shirts available?
Yes - T-shirts are available for order in your group registration. You can also call to add them at 952.224.0333. 2023 Refuge T-shirt FRONT
What are the housing accommodations?
Housing is included with your registration fee. Participants, Chaperones, and Group Leaders will be assigned to dorm rooms on campus, separated by gender and type. Priests are housed at the St. Paul Seminary.
How many chaperones do I need?
Conference policy is one adult for every eight youth of the same gender. Chaperones must be 21 and older and show compliance with the safe environment requirements of their home diocese.
What is the difference between the conferences?
View our Conference Comparison to see the differences between what St. Paul & Rochester Steubenville Conferences offer.
What is the modesty policy?
Please note: It is the responsibility of the group leader and chaperones to enforce these guidelines with their teens. Conference staff and volunteers will not personally address modesty with participants unless there is a gross violation.
Do I need the names of all my group members when I register?
No. When you register your group, you only need to reserve the number of participants in your group (teens, young adult, group leader, chaperones, and priests.) All participants must be registered by June 14th.
I am not part of a group. Can I still register?
No. All participants must be registered with a group. A group consists of one adult leader with one or more teen participants. Chaperones are required to accompany each teen, with a ratio of 1 chaperone per 8 youth of the same gender.
Do I need a deposit to reserve my tickets?
Yes. There is a $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per ticket. This is due 2 weeks after you register your group.