St. Mary Welcomes Teens to Attend the 2020 Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference

UPDATE: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2020 Steubenville Youth Conference has been cancelled. 

Incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors are invited to attend the 2020 Steubenville Youth Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio from July 17-19, 2020. The St. Mary Mokena Youth Ministry Group is organizing the trip and will be traveling together via bus.

The three-day event is packed with faith- and fellowship building activities that include concerts, games, Catholic speakers, Mass, Confession, Adoration, workshops, and more.

Watch two former attendees recount their experience at the conference below:

Registration for the conference has begun. Parents can sign up their teen by printing out and completing the form at this link:

Then, mail the form with the $75 deposit to St. Mary Parish in Mokena: 19515 115TH AVE, PO BOX 2, MOKENA IL 60448. You can also bring it to the parish office. If the office is closed, the form and payment can be left in the dropbox outside of door #3. The absolute deadline to sign up is May 15, 2020. 

As of now, because the conference is in July, it has not been canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Please read the official conference guidelines for more information. If the conference does end up being canceled, the payment will be refundable.

The conference has a reputation for setting attendees’ Catholic faith on fire and drawing them closer to Christ.

One former attendee wrote,

“The Steubenville Youth Conference is so much fun! It is held at Franciscan University where you get to stay on their campus and in their dorms which is cool. There are so many amazing speakers that come to speak about their faith journey which is so inspiring to hear along with Mass, Adoration, and Confession. The singing, dancing, and meeting new friends from different states is a great experience to share.”

They continued,

“During this youth conference, I learned what it truly means to be Catholic. I love being Catholic and will always have my faith to lean back on. Through the Sacraments, Mass, and the Eucharist, I have built my Catholic faith. I loved just learning about God through others who were at the conference. One example would be the speakers who spoke at the conference. I learned that God is always going to be with us on our journey and will never leave our side. We belong in the Catholic Church.”

For more information about the conference itself and about signing up, please email Craig at You can also check out the official conference website at 

To learn more about the St. Mary Youth Ministry Group, visit

2020 Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference Flyer

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