Steubenville East 2023 – “Refuge” – July 21-23, 2023

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matt 11:28

Good news!  The Steubenville East Youth Conference you've heard about is coming up this summer, and registration is opening up soon!

Right now I am looking for a commitment as to whether you intend on joining us for this awesome weekend, so that I can reserve an appropriate number of spots as well as line up chaperones and take care of logistics.  I will need a $50 deposit to reserve your place, although if that presents a problem, contact me and we can work out something else.  Please fill out the online form (link above) to reserve your spot! (Note that this deposit is non-refundable for any reason).

Meet at St. Mark:
7:40am Friday, July 21, 2023

Return to St. Mark:
3:00pm Sunday, July 23, 2023

Mass Mutual Center (Springfield, MA)

$365 per person)
We'll fundraise to lower the cost to participants, financial aid available in case of hardship.
This cost includes special $15 early bird discount available until March 15, 2023.

Conference registration, lodging, all meals, round trip transportation, conference T-shirts

What is Steubenville East?
Sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville Ohio, Steubenville East is a powerful Catholic youth conference for high school teens.  It is an opportunity for youth to spend a weekend with their peers who share their faith, to strengthen their relationship with God, to experience the power and beauty of their Catholic faith through the Sacraments, and to learn and grow in their faith - in a way they may not have every experienced before.  This is accomplished through dynamic keynote speakers, celebration of Mass, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, great entertainment, Eucharistic adoration, vibrant praise & worship music, and small group time.  It is a life-changing event you'll never forget!  I urge you to consider taking a leap of faith and find out what God has in store for you - you will not be disappointed!

As a small aside, for those who are in 8th grade in the Chosen confirmation prep program, some of the speakers in the DVD segments are part of the Steubenville ministry team.

What speakers/entertainers will be there?
This year, music will be provided by Andrew Laubacher and his band. Fr. Edwin Leonard will be our spiritual leader. Other members of the ministry team include host Ennie Hickman and speakers Joel Stepanek, Chika Anyanwu and Jackie Francois Angel.

How many people will be there?
There are usually over 3000 students and chaperones at Steubenville East, the regional conference for the northeast US.  This year there will be 24 Steubenville conferences nationwide, serving over 50,000 teens.

What safety precautions will be taken?
Participant health and safety is a top priority for Life Teen. Specific details will be released closer to the event.

Who can go?
The event is open to youth who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2023, as well as 2023 high school graduates.  In other words, anyone currently in grades 8-12.  All participants must attend as part of a group.  

What if I can't afford it?
Our goal is to make attending the conference available to everyone. We'll be hosting a number of fundraisers over the next 7 months to raise money for the trip.  By helping at these fundraisers, the money you earn can be applied to your balance.  I'm only looking for the initial $50 up front; the rest will be due in May.  Scholarships are available in cases of financial hardship - I don't want money to be the reason you don't come.  Please contact me to make arrangements.

Tell Me More!
Here are some videos and photos to give you a better idea what the conference is all about.  I'll try and set up a videoconference for interested youth and parents to field questions.
Steubenville 2010 Promo (oldie but goodie)
Steubenville East 2019 Video (Homemade, not our group but a good summary of the event)

Register Online Now!

Got any other questions?  Don't be afraid to contact me!

God Bless!

Jared Forcier
Youth Minister
St. Mark Church
Phone: 203-876-1621