SENT Ministries | Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Serve - Inspire - Evangelize

    Who We Are

    SENT (Student Evangelization Networking Teams) Ministries is an outreach ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in service to parishes, dioceses, and schools in planning and running retreats for middle school and high school youth.

    What We Do

    Churches, dioceses, and schools contact us to request a retreat. A SENT team of Franciscan University students is assigned to the retreat. The CORE team leaders then work in conjunction with the youth minister, parish, diocese, or school to plan the retreat. Once the date of the retreat arrives, the SENT Team travels to the retreat site and, with the youth minister, runs the retreat.

    What is a SENT Team?

    A SENT Team consists of two CORE team leaders. These are students who have either been on a SENT Team before or have experience leading retreats in their history. In addition to these two leaders the team consists of up to 10 other team members. The size of a team depends on the size and requirements of the retreat. Core Team members and team members go through an application process to be placed on a team for that semester. Through discernment we pray to have the grace to listen to whom the Holy Spirit is calling to serve at that specific time.

    What We Can Do

    SENT Teams are well-prepared for all aspects of retreat ministry. Each member goes through a team training and orientation prior to being assigned to a team. Many of our students are theology and/or catechetics majors, have been to Franciscan University of Steubenville High School Youth Conferences, and have attended and/or led retreats in their home parishes. With all of this experience the students are ready and willing to: give talks, share testimonies, lead small groups, run games and icebreakers, perform skits and dramas, and just be present with the teens through relational ministry. Teams can do as little as the parish needs or plan the whole retreat from start to finish. Most of the retreats we help with are Confirmation retreats, but SENT Ministries has also assisted with diocesan youth rallies, school retreats, Theology of the Body retreats and everything in between. We are willing to work with you on whatever ideas you may have for a retreat to help your teens come in contact with Jesus Christ!

    What is the Cost?

    The base fee is $600. Every additional retreat day is $200. A gas fee is also calculated based on price of gas and the travel distance. If the retreat includes an overnight stay, we ask the host parish or diocese to provide food and housing. Please see the Information for Parishes page for more.

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