Has God Pikachu? Popularity of Pokemon Go opens door for church evangelization

Father Thomas Keller, pastor of Assumption Parish in St. Louis visited with Pokemon game players in the church parking lot.  The Parish grounds are a hot spot for the game, and so he and his associate pastor, Father David Miloscia have used the Pokemon craze for some creative evangelization. The high school friends are Alex Koelz, Adam Salman, Blake Koelz, Alec Richardson and Brennan Moore.

The messages are posted across campus at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County:

Attention Pokemon trainers: Feeling alone? God already Pikachu!

Looking for Pokemon? Maybe God is looking for you!

Playing with cheat codes? We've got a sacrament that can fix that!


SteubySTL will draw teens closer to Christ

Jacob Pappas, middle left, and his youth group from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, enjoyed the rock out session that was led by worship leader Adam Bitter. Bitter played covers from the band Walk the Moon and solo artist George Ezra at the Stuebenville St. Louis Mid-America held at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.,in 2015.

Seventeen years ago, the Steubenville youth conference was humbly born in a gymnasium at Marquette High School in west St. Louis County. The first conference, which drew 987 participants, was less than six months after Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit to St. Louis.

The teens quickly outgrew the space. The following year, it moved to St. Louis University High School — but interest was spreading across the Midwest. In 2002, the conference found its home at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where it's been held every summer ever since.

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Steubenville Mid-America 2013 youth conference

The first weekend of the Steubenville Mid-America 2014 will take place July 11-13 and the second weekend will be July 18-20. About 7,400 are expected to attend the youth conference. The archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry, a part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate, will be live-blogging from the conference. Read the blog here.

Also, visit the Office of Youth Ministry page here for more information and resources.

An Encounter with God and others

Conference participants joined in worship during the evening general session at the Encounter2014 Steubenville Young Adult Conference at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo., Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo by Sid Hastings.Image

When Thomas Vasquez of San Antonio, Texas, encountered 500 other Catholics his age from throughout the nation at the first-ever Steubenville Young Adult conference, he was deeply encouraged to keep pressing on in the faith.

Encounter for young adults to debut in St. Louis

Next summer, the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the archdiocesan Office of Young Adult Ministry are teaming up to debut the first Steubenville conference for young adults.

Encounter will be held May 30-June 1 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The conference is aimed primarily toward young adults from freshman year in college into their early 30s. Registration recently opened.

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