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Welcome to Steubenville South 2015! For the past 20 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 2015, we are proud that we’ve been here for 20 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 2015.
Our venues: the Alexandria River Front Center,
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A founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris Padgett wrote, recorded, and toured with this popular Christian band for seven years. He also has nine solo albums to his credit. In 2005, his song “Wonder” won the Unity Award for Rock Song of the Year. The music video of “I’m in Love” from his 2007 album Impact premiered with outsidedabox.com. Chris has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years and has nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris has also been an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University.
Deacon Ralph Poyo
Deacon Ralph Poyo grounds his ministry in his relationship with the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. He has been in ministry for over 30 years, serving the Church as a youth minister and catechist, and he became a deacon in 2004. He founded a new Ohio-based apostolate called New Evangelization Ministries that serves pastors and parish staff, equipping them with training, resources, and strategies for evangelization. Deacon Poyo leads parish missions as well as retreats for men, women, youth, and parish staff around the country. He and his wife, Susan, have five daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. He is extremely passionate about helping people experience the person of Christ in everyday life. Learn more at NewEvangelizationMinistries.org.
Father Louis Merosne
Father Louis Merosne is madly in love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, and the Catholic Church. Born in Haiti, he moved to Boston in 1993. He studied French, philosophy, and theology at Franciscan University from 2002 to 2007. Ordained in 2011, he now serves in Haiti in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne under Bishop Pierre-André Dumas. He cannot adequately express in words the gift that is the priesthood. Preaching the good news of Jesus Christ is both a duty and passion for him. His perpetual prayer intention is to be a saintly priest.
A native of Atlanta and graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jimmy Mitchell spent a year after college as a seminarian for the Diocese of Nashville and two years as a missionary for Fraternus, a virtue-based mentoring and formation program for boys in middle school and high school. In the winter of 2010, he started Mysterium Records in Nashville with the vision of building a community of artists dedicated to the restoration of Christian culture, particularly through the production of quality music, books, and live events inspired by a deeply Catholic understanding of the human person. He also travels throughout the year hosting retreats and conferences for youth and young adults all over the country. Check out MysteriumOnline.com for details.
Sister Miriam Heidland
Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Sister Miriam graduated from the University of Nevada on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to be his bride. She speaks often to young adults on the theology of the body, healing in Jesus, pop culture and beauty, and the transforming power of authentic love. Through engaging media, personal stories, and the beauty of Church teaching, Sister Miriam strives to bring the power of God’s love to life in the hearts of those to whom she speaks.
When Josh Blakesley’s Christian music journey began in 1992, he vowed to be “sold out” for Christ and to use his gift of writing music to glorify God. In a world dominated by well-produced secular music, he has dedicated himself to making quality contemporary Catholic music. He also is committed to spreading the Gospel through dynamic speaking and personal testimony. He has led music for over 10 years at various Steubenville youth conferences throughout the United States. In addition to composing and recording music, Josh serves as young adult coordinator and assistant music director at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. Josh and his wife, Heather, have two children.
Fr. Marc Noel
Father Marc Noel had a profound conversion experience in 1986 at the age of 19. He spent the following year serving the poor with Father Rick Thomas, SJ, in El Paso, Texas. This was the first time he became open to becoming a priest. Upon returning to his home diocese in Alberta, Canada, Father Marc entered the seminary. With lingering doubts about his vocation, he left seminary for a short time to serve as a missionary and work in youth ministry. Unable to shake the call to the priesthood, however, he re-entered the seminary. He was ordained in the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1998. Father Marc currently serves as the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Moreauville.
Bishop Ronald Herzog
The 11th and current Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria. Bishop Herzog was ordained on Jan. 5, 2005 and is the shepherd and leader of more than 44,000 Catholics scattered through 50 parishes and 21 missions.
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