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An ‘unforgettable experience’ | Steubenville STL Mid-America has rock-concert feel mixed with silence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Steubenville STL Mid-America conference had the look and feel of a rock concert on this day; in fact, JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus was set up as such — with a stage, three big video screens and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section.

At that evening session July 16, teens counted down — five, four, three, two, one — for the gates to open, then rushed through the concourse so quickly that their wake blew phamplets off a vocations table.

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Young Adult Forum inspires action, communication

In an effort to address the issue of young adults feeling overlooked in many parishes, 100 young adult leaders gathered at the Cardinal Rigali Center Aug. 1 for the first Young Adult Forum to discuss how to empower and motivate young adults. Kellie Willis, left, who attended the forum, spoke to people at her table during the small group discussions.

Abe and Jami AuBuchon went on a date with the archbishop this past weekend.

The couple, from St. Joseph Parish in Farmington, spent their usual date night driving to St. Louis for the inaugural Young Adult Forum Aug. 1, hosted by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Office of Young Adult Ministry.

The AuBuchons are in their early 30s and involved in their parish's young adult group, but as many young adults expressed at the forum, they wish there were more depth in that ministry.

Service organizations bridge 'young adult gap'

Michael Jelavich, right, secretary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s young adult conference at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in St. Louis, joined conference president Justus Arnett, center, and a client in prayer after a home visit.

Graduation, marriage, a first job, children. As young adults begin the ironically tumultuous process of "settling down" after college, they leave behind the structure of their former campus ministries and tend not to integrate into their home parishes except to attend Mass.

Recently, Church organizations have noticed a gap in ministry between college students and more established parents. Though the sacraments are always available, religious social events and opportunities for spiritual growth for young adults are either lacking or simply not compatible with their hectic schedules.

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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