It’s time to begin planning for our annual trip to Steubenville on the Bayou. Steubenville is a Catholic conference held every summer for teens from across the country. We happen to have two conference locations here in Louisiana. One is in Alexandria, and the other one in Houma. We plan on attending the conference in Houma again this year. The conferences fill up quickly so we’ll need a head count soon! This year’s conference is on June 16-18, 2017.
More about a Steubenville conference: The first summer youth conference was held under a tent on the Franciscan University campus in 1976. Since then, they have expanded to additional cities across the United States and Nova Scotia, Canada. The conferences are an outreach of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and are co-sponsored by local bishops, youth organizations, and diocesan offices to create a one-of-a-kind weekend immersion into the Catholic faith for teens. The conferences center on the sacraments and Catholic teachings. Teens attend Mass and experience Christ in Eucharistic Adoration, and have multiple opportunities to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Renowned youth speakers give talks on chastity and living the Catholic faith at home and at school, and equip teens with the tools they need to live out their faith daily. Over 50,000 youth will gather at 22 different conferences in the United States and in Canada this summer to grow in the joy of their Catholic faith.
The cost of the conference is $150. The teens stay two nights at a hotel, so adding in the cost of the hotel, additional meals & t-shirts & transportation, total will be approximately $250 (depending on how many buses we will need). A non-refundable deposit of $50 will be due by February 24, 2017. The remaining balance will be due by May 12, 2017. We do plan to have fundraisers to help defray the cost of the weekend in which each teen will need to be part of in order to receive a portion towards the cost of their weekend.
We will have chaperones attending the conference with your child(ren. You can check out the Steubenville website at http://www.steubenvilleonthebayou.com if you would possibly like to volunteer. We are very excited to be putting this together to allow your child to become closer to our Lord and grow deeper in our Catholic faith AND make lots of new faith-filled friends!
Please have your child sign up to Remind 101 (as well as yourself). I will be sending out important reminders through this service and have found that this is the best and easiest way to stay in touch with each of you. To sign up for Remind 101, text @a2f84g to 81010. You can opt out at any time. I will also send out many important emails so please be sure that I have your correct email address. Please fill out the attached registration form and turn in along with your $50 non-refundable deposit.
If you have any questions about any of the information presented, please contact me at 337-344-8970.
Thank you and God bless,
Terri Frederick, Group Leader