Steubenville 2017

Summer, 2017 at The Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio


What is "Steubenville"?

"Steubenville" is a weekend (Friday through Sunday) Catholic Youth Conference that is similar to a retreat experience.  This high energy weekend features a series of talks from popular young adult Catholic speakers and youth ministers from across the country.  The topics they speak on all revolve around our Catholic faith and how young people can better live out that faith in our world today.

Who Can Attend Steubenville 2017?

Student Participants must currently be in Grades 8-12.  Attendees do not need to be enrolled in Catholic School, members of St. Aloysius Parish, or Catholic.  All are welcome to register with our Parish!  Non-Parishioners of St. Aloysius will pay a higher rate since our students are subsidized by the Parish.

Adult Chaperones must be at LEAST age 21 as of June 1, 2017.  Prior to Tuesday, May 1, 2017, you must have completed all required Safe Environment paperwork and training with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  This includes ALL of the following: State Police Criminal Record Check, PA State Child Abuse Background Check, Safe Environment Training Verification, PA Mandated Reporter Training, FBI Fingerprint Clearance, & the Signature Page for receipt of Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries and the Use of Technology Addendum. These forms can be found on our Parish Website here.  These should be submitted to Deacon George at the Parish Office with a notation that they are for your participation in Steubenville 2017.  If you have previously submitted these documents, please let Fr. Steve know in advance so we can check to see if anything needs to be updated or if anything is missing.  The Archdiocese MUST sign our verification form PRIOR to our arrival.  This form is due to the Archdiocese by June 1, 2017.  If you are not cleared by the Archdiocese in advance, you will NOT be permitted to chaperone the trip!  Please note that this year a limited number of chaperones will be permitted to attend the trip.  That number will depend on how many students register.  We will likely only have 4 Chaperone Spots open for this year's Conference: 2 males and 2 females.


When is it?

We are registered for Main Campus #4: July 14th-16th.  We will meet at 8:00 AM on Friday, July 14th and return by approximately 6:30 PM on Sunday, July 16th.



I Want to Go! Now What?

That's great, we're glad to have you join us!  Just follow these simple steps to help you prepare:


Step 1: Register/Fill out Liability Forms

Registration is NOW OPEN!  Please visit our SignUpGenius page by clicking here.


Step 2: Pay Your Fees & Help With Fundraising

The actual cost of a student to attend Steubenville is about $360.  This includes Conference Registration, hotel accommodations (up to 4 students per room) all meals during the Conference, deluxe motor coach transportation, a group T-Shirt, and it also covers the cost for Chaperones to attend for free.  We are charging Parishioners of St. Aloysius $275 to attend the weekend.  This reflects a significant discount due to the success of Trivia Night.  Any more fundraising we do will help defray the cost more.  Including "The 144" which is described below.

The 144 - This is a new fundraiser that we will try this year.  Envelopes numbered from 1-144 will be placed on a board in the Gathering Center. Parishioners will be asked to take an envelope and fill it with that amount.  Each student attending Steubenville is asked to be responsible for at least $50 from this fundraiser. Please visit our page for more details.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due upon registration to guarantee your spot.  The balance of $275 MUST be paid in full by June 1st.  If you register, you have until April 17th to drop out if needed.  After April 17th, you are responsible for the FULL cost of $275.  If our fundraising allow us to subsidize the cost of the trip, we will let you know,however only registered Parishioners of St. Aloysius are eligible for the subsidy.


Step 3: Attend All Required Meetings & Other StAY Events

The Steubenville Weekend is NOT meant to be an all-inclusive Spiritual experience; it should NOT be the only Religious event you attend this year!  The 2 mandatory meetings leading up to Steubenville are an integral part of the Steubenville experience, since they are informational, fun, and are a bonding experience for the group before we leave for the trip.  These dates will be posted as soon as they are available.  The first date will be early 2017, and the second date will be in June of 2017.  By committing to going to Steubenville 2017, you are also committing to attending these 2 mandatory meetings.  We will only make exceptions for serious reasons, such as severe illness.  You have these dates with plenty of advance notice, so ensure that if you have a job they have you off the schedule for these dates!  If you already have a conflicting event scheduled at the time of registration, please let Fr. Steve know.  Meeting dates will be posted when they are scheduled.  In addition, you are also encouraged to attend all StAY events during the year.  A full calendar of our group events is available from our website, which can access here. 


Step 4: Prepare Yourself Spiritually

Consider this a "Pre-Conference Workout":

  • Go to Confession! If you have not been to Confession in a while, you are encouraged to take advantage prior to the Conference. There will be opportunities through the weekend to do so, but preparing yourself in advance is always a good idea since the lines for Confession can be especially long and can take up to an hour or longer. 
  • Attend Mass, especially on Sundays an Holy Days. If you have not been to Mass in a long time, you are also encouraged to do so before the Conference.  If you missed Mass for any reason other than a serious reason, you should go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Spend time in Adoration.  Our Parish has Adoration all day every Thursday from following the Daily Mass at 8:00 AM continuing through 5:00 PM with Benediction. 
  • Read Scripture.  Pick up your Bible and read your favorite passage. Don't have a favorite Passage? Find one!  Start by reading the Gospels and maybe some of the Parable or miracle stories.


Step 5: Prepare to Go!

What Should I Bring?

  • There is NO NEED to bring sleeping bags, etc. this year since we will stay in a hotel, so PACK LIGHT!!  This is especially important since our buses are FULL!  And by full...I mean full.  To help with the cost of the trip, we are traveling with St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown and Bishop Shanahan High School.  Due to this, we expect that EVERY seat on the buses will be filled.

  • Personal toiletries should be brought (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)

  • A poncho or windbreaker for the possibility of rainy weather.

  • A backpack – to carry belongings throughout the day as we will not return to the hotel during the day; however keep in mind all bags are subject to search in conference areas and especially at the bookstore.

  • Appropriate clothing for a Church function; khaki or other shorts which are knee length (or close to it) are appropriate along with a sleeved T-Shirt or polo shirt; no sleeveless T-Shirts or “spaghetti” tops, please!  Since we will be indoors most of the day, please dress modestly!!

  • A long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt for the Fieldhouse which can get cold at times.

  • Group T-Shirt; we will wear it on Saturday as a group.

  • Sunblock; afternoons usually provide for free time outside, weather permitting.

  • Spending money to visit the Franciscan University Bookstore or to purchase snacks, food and drinks at the café.

  • And most importantly: an open mind and heart!!

Clothing must cover all undergarments and midriffs. Bikini tops, low cut tops, mini skirts, short shorts, or other inappropriate or profane attire are not to be worn at any time during the conference. Gentlemen are required to wear sleeved shirts at all times. Shoes or closed sandals are also to be worn at all times; flip flops should NOT be worn to sessions. Adult Chaperones will help enforce the dress code at the conference.


We will be staying in off-campus housing, in a hotel.  As soon as we register for the hotel, I will post that information here.  The hotel will likely be located next to the campus, and will be easily accessible.  You can expect no more than 4 students per room, with less in some rooms.  Chaperones will be housed with no more than 2 per room.  Rooms are air conditioned, and the hotel offers breakfast every morning, which we will eat each day before going to the campus so we don't have to worry about going too early.


Basic Schedule for the Weekend

(This schedule is based on last year and is VERY tentative, and should only be used for planning purposes!)


6:45 AM: Report to the Parking Lot and load the bus immediately; we will have Mass in Downingtown this year

7:00 AM: Bus leaves for Downingtown

8:00 AM: Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown; the other bus will then join us

9:00 AM: Departure from Downingtown; we will stop along the way so please bring money for lunch.  I recommend about $10 for this stop.  We will NOT be giving you money this year so be sure to bring your own!

3:00-3:30 PM: Approximate Arrival on campus/Registration; Dinner will be served after arrival

6:45-9:30 PM: Opening Conference/Adoration

9:30 PM: Small Group Time/Confessions available

11:00 PM: Meet the bus in the upper lot above the Fieldhouse to take us back to the hotel

11:30 PM: Everyone in rooms; Lights Out



6:30 AM: Wakeup; Breakfast at the hotel

7:00 AM: Bus departs from the Hotel to bring us up to the campus

8:30-12:00 PM: General Conference Session; includes Saturday Daily Mass; Men’s/Women’s Conferences

12:15-2:15 PM: Lunch/Small Groups; Confessions available; Workshop for graduated Seniors

2:30-4:15 PM: Workshops/Free Time

4:30-6:30 PM: Dinner/Confessions available

6:45-9:45 PM: Evening Conference/Adoration/Eucharistic Procession

10:00 PM: Small Group Time/Confessions available

11:00 PM: Meet the bus to take us back to the hotel

11:30 PM: Lights Out



6:45 AM: Load bus with luggage; Breakfast served at the Hotel

7:00 AM: Bus departs for campus

8:30 AM-12:00 PM: Closing Conference & Mass

12:00-12:30 PM: Report immediately to Bus/Depart immediately following Mass; lunch served on the bus (included with Conference registration); brief rest stop on the way home

5:00-5:30 PM: Approximate time of arrival in Downingtown

6:00-6:30 PM: Approximate time of arrival home