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Welcome to Steubenville South 2017! For the past 22 years we have been very excited to serve the youth of our region. We have served over 70,000 youth, group leaders & chaperones, and we have helped them to find the true love of God in Jesus Christ. We have celebrated 58 masses; over 119,000 have received the Eucharist in these masses. The priests have heard over 40,830 confessions. We’ve had two bishops, many priests, religious and deacons. We have served tons of food. We have had many hard-working and faithful volunteers put many hours of work into this conference for the youth to have life changing experiences.
Today, as we get ready for the Steubenville South 2017, we are proud that we’ve been here for 21 years. At this threshold, we are trying to make a registration system easier for you, where the participants can register themselves and you don’t have to do all the work. We at the office will become your partner by helping you to finalize the process. For more information please go to the steubenvillesouth.com website. In here, you will find all the information you need for the entire conference.
God has blessed us! The South Celebration is at the Alexandria Riverfront Center, and several secondary venues, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria Convention Hall, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, and the LSUA Evacuation Center. A campus-like environment and a big upgrade in facilities; no more tents will be used for meetings, workshops or breakout sessions. God blessed us with all these good things and we will use these blessings to serve you for many years to come.
Each year hundreds of individuals volunteer for the conference, helping in various areas. Volunteers attend FREE but must register by the deadline!
Application Form with the signed Code of Conduct, and any payments for extra t-shirts or Volunteer Housing are due before you arrive. Please contact our office with any questions. Volunteer Applications are available below for 2017.
Our venues: the Alexandria River Front Center,
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Chris is a youth minister from Murrieta, California. He crafts dynamic talks that communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that resonates with teen and adult audiences alike. Chris is the president and founder of 242Revolution Ministries, a nonprofit organization that invites young people to share in the devotion of the first generation of Christians—devoted to the teaching of the apostles, to the communal life, and to the breaking of the bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). Chris and his wife, Christina, live in California with their five children.
Father Leo Patalinghug
Father Leo is a priest member of a community of consecrated life called Voluntas Dei. He founded “Grace Before Meals”, an apostolate to strengthen families around the dinner table. He is an internationally renowned speaker, author, TV host of “Savoring Our Faith” on EWTN, radio co-host of “Entertaining Truth” on Sirius XM, and contributor to various publications on theological and cultural connections. His experience as a martial artist and break dancer helps him connect with people of all ages, appearing on PBS, ABC, CBS and The Food Network, where he defeated a famous chef on “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” Father Leo uses food, faith, and fun in hopes of bringing people closer together, one meal at a time!
Megan Mastroianni is the campus minister at Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in psychology and then worked for Generation Life as a pro-life and chastity speaker. In her three years there, traveling the United States and Europe, she spoke to tens of thousands of high school and college students in their classrooms, as well as at retreats, conferences, assemblies, and rallies. Although her primary focus at Generation Life was to speak on chastity, theology of the body, and pro-life issues, she has given talks on modesty, femininity and masculinity, media, vocations, Mary, confession, and conversion. Megan’s hope is for people to have a deeper desire for intimacy with Christ.
Paul is a husband, father, and follower of Jesus. A passionate believer and communicator of the Gospel, Paul has traveled the world proclaiming God’s love and freedom as a parish youth minister, diocesan director, author, and full-time evangelist. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas. Paul lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he directs the campus ministry program at University of Louisiana/Our Lady of Wisdom Parish and serves as a professor of theology at the Aquinas Institute on campus. Paul also co-founded and directs Adore Ministries, a nonprofit Catholic organization whose mission is to call all people to worship God with their entire lives. He and his wife have four children.
Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries and author of the book Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She speaks internationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as emotional virtue, dating and relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. A graduate of Benedictine College, Sarah has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, and is co-host of EWTN’s At the Heart of Relationships. She contributed to Ascension Press’ confirmation program Chosen, YDisciple’s True Beauty, and is a proud team member of www.chastityproject.com. Sarah and her husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, reside in Atchison, Kansas, with their four young children: Thomas, Fulton, Cate, and Kolbe. Find out more at www.emotionalvirtue.com.
Josh Blakesley has acknowledged a simple calling: To make music that moves people into prayer and action. As a songwriter, specifically for liturgy in 2017, the question that provokes Josh is: How do I create a song that will honor traditions and music yet speak to the modern Church and lead them to worship? His answer was to collaborate with his guitar player, Grae McCullough, to write a new mass setting, paying homage to the hymns of the past and the culture of modern worship.
“Every week we lead music for school and parish masses, so we knew we needed something that would resonate with all ages. We also wanted it to be joyful, approachable and easy to sing but still fresh, dynamic and expressive,”says Blakesley. On March 3, 2017, he released this long-awaited project, through OCP called Mass of Restoration: Acoustic Sessions. For more information, please visit ocp.org
Josh continues to tour heavily with his band, playing churches, festivals, youth and adult conferences, camps etc. He currently lives in Alexandria, Louisiana with his wife Heather and their two children, Sophie and Sutton and is on staff as the Associate Music Director at Our Lady Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria.
Father Jose Robles-Sanchez
Father Jose Robles-Sanchez is the pastor of St. Mary's Assumption Church in Cottonport and he also serves as the Coordinator of Steubenville South for the Diocese of Alexandria. For over 19 years with the Steubenville Conferences and over ten years with Lifeteen Camps, he has devoted himself to providing young people with opportunities to find a true and endless life embedded in the Eucharist, which is the center of life for the Church, and absolutely must be the center of life for the youth. He loves challenging young people to have a better commitment with Christ and the Church, as this will help them live their call to holiness in their own culture and their own lives.
Most Reverend David Talley, Bishop of Alexandria
David Prescott Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in the Southern Baptist faith before converting to Roman Catholicism at the age of 24. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on June 3, 1989 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. His first assignment was as parochial vicar and administrator of St. Jude the Apostle Church. He served as the assistant director of Vocations, director of Vocations, Tribunal Judge, judicial vicar, and chancellor. He was named Prelate of Honor of His Holiness with the title of monsignor on May 10, 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Msgr. David P. Talley served as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, parochial vicar at St. Anne Church in Columbus, GA. (Diocese of Savannah), and pastor of St. John Neumann Church and St. Brigid Church respectively. On December 17, 2012 his holiness Pope Benedict XVI named him titular bishop of Lambaesis and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was ordained to the episcopacy on April 2, 2013. Bishop Talley was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria on September 21, 2016 and twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria on February 2, 2017.
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