Franciscan LEAD is a dynamic Catholic leadership opportunity for teens that are ready to step up to the next level in leadership and evangelization. It is a five-day, Christ-centered, sacrament-soaked, prayer-fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, and discipleship inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscan LEAD is directed and facilitated by well-trained young adults and youth ministers and will equip and empower high school youth to witness the Catholic faith to their peers and prepare them for ongoing service in evangelization. The week is rooted in the truths of Scripture, the Catechism, and the lives of the saints. Each day of training will consist of workshops on discipleship including how to develop a prayer life, overcoming sin through the Sacraments, and other practical tools for developing their faith. The week will also include evangelization training on being an effective witness through topics such as how to share their personal testimony, servant leadership, how to answer difficult questions about Catholicism, and being an authentic witness.

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I went into the LEAD week totally nervous and having a few problems with my faith, and came out feeling strong and confident in my faith as a soldier of God. Throughout the week all my fears about who I was and what I had to do vanished. I found confidence and strength in God and I slowly, through the week, realized that God has it all under control and that He loved me for who I was.

Youth LEAD Participant



WHO? Youth can apply to participate in Franciscan LEAD for the summer after their freshman year in high school through the summer after their senior year in high school. Applicants must be a registered conference participant at one of the Steubenville Youth Conferences this summer. We are looking for youth who…
… Love Jesus and His Church
… Are ready to take their Catholic faith to the next level
… Want to learn how to share their love of Christ with friends and classmates
… Want to go deeper in prayer
… Want to inspire others to answer Christ's radical call to love and serve

WHY? Franciscan LEAD offers a distinctively Catholic perspective on leadership. The specific skills and competencies taught are:

The youth come back energized and really ready to plan a leadership role in the parish. They are well equipped and really really develop their prayer life. They are also ready and willing to sacrifice their lives to be a witness.

Youth Minister of a LEAD participant




Franciscan LEAD is for youth who are passionate about their Catholic faith, active in their youth group, and ready to step up to the next level of leadership through evangelization and discipleship training!

Franciscan LEAD Application Available January 2015


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