STEUBENVILLE, OH—Hundreds of Catholic young adults will equip themselves for the task of proclaiming the Gospel at a new conference next summer in St. Charles, Missouri. Encounter: Awakening a Generation, May 30 to June 1, 2014, is organized by the Franciscan University of Steubenville Christian Outreach Office and the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Young Adult Ministry.
Encounter is a new and innovative way to draw young adults to Christ in the sacraments and in community, said Miller. “It will show them how deeply Christ longs for each one of them.”
Participants who attended a Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference as teenagers will find notable differences at Encounter, which will address more mature spiritual themes and have small interactive breakouts, called Impact Sessions, for open discussion.
The conference includes Mass, eucharistic adoration, talks, interactive sessions, social time, late night entertainment, and a Service and Mission Fair that will show how young adults can serve the Church.
Conference planners expect the conference to attract 1,000 young adults from the St. Louis area, the Midwest, and beyond.
Encounter speakers include Paul George, co-founder of Adore Ministries, who passionately proclaims the love and freedom God offers to each person; Sister Miriam James Heidland, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, who speaks widely on the Theology of the Body, authentic love, and healing in Jesus; Ennie Hickman, Adore Ministries missionary and host of Steubenville Summer Youth Conferences; Father Christopher Martin, vocations director of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; and Jeremy Rivera, an award-winning speaker and writer, and national marketing director of FOCUS Missionaries.
Worship will be led by Ike Ndolo, the assistant music director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Tempe, Arizona, whose missionary work has taken him to Mexico and China.
John Beaulieu, director of Partnerships and Engagement for the Christian Outreach Office at Franciscan University, said Encounter will equip young adults with the tools then need to integrate their faith into the workplace and into their relationships with family and friends. “It will enable them to thrive in their faith, rather than merely survive, as the spark of their faith is re-ignited with a deeper encounter with Christ,” he said.
The conference takes place at the St. Charles Convention Center. For more details, including early bird rates and online registration, go to http://encounterstl.com or call 314-792-7083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.