Teens discover hope in God's unending love at Steubenville

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson distributed Communion at a closing Mass July 11 at the annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conference. More than 6,000 teens from all over the country attended the conferences, which were held on two consecutive weekends earlier this month.

Teens discovered hope in God's unending and perfect love when they attended the annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conferences earlier this month.

3,100 attend first Steubenville weekend; live blogging of events continues

Approximately 3,100 teens filled the John Q. Hammons Arena at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., during the first weekend of the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conference, held July 9-11. The annual event, which is held over two weekends, is sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry. The second weekend will take place July 16-18.

Approximately 3,100 teens from all over the country attended the first weekend of the annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conference July 9-11 at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

An additional 3,000 teens are expected to attend a second conference this weekend, July 16-18.

The Youth Ministry Office has created a live blog,, with photos, video and audio of both weekends. The site also includes links to the office's Twitter and Facebook pages.

"Project Life" teens perform charitable work in Perryville

Teens prayed in adoration in the grotto at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville last week. They participated in the annual Project Life, a weeklong service retreat organized by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry.

Approximately 160 teens and adult chaperones participated in Project Life, a weeklong summer service retreat hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry.

This was the 10th year for the retreat, which took place June 13-19 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Perryville. The theme was "Caritas In Veritate" or "Charity in Truth."

Channel 9's 'A Time for Champions' details St. Louis soccer, Catholic influence

Msgr. Louis Meyer plays soccer with a group of children in 1972. Msgr. Meyer is one of the people interviewed on “A Time for Champions,” to air again June 28 on KETC-Channel 9. The documentary details how soccer was popular among European imigrants, particularly those who were urban, working class and Roman Catholic. Parishes embraced soccer, organizing teams and games through the Catholic Youth Council.

The tale of how St. Louis came to dominate the soccer landscape — starting with teams of Catholic immigrants and evolving with players from the Catholic Youth Council who ended up at St. Louis University — is told in "A Time for Champions," an hour-long KETC/Channel 9 documentary to be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Monday, June 28.

Channel 9 describes it as a story of not just a sport, but of how underdogs without any expectation of success used determination and spirit to triumph on the world stage.

TEC branches out to Bolivia with workshop to train leaders to build faith formation, ministry partnerships and outreach to young people

TEC, a movement of spirituality for older adolescents and young adults, is sending a bilingual training team to three areas of Bolivia to train TEC leaders to minister to young people in their dioceses.

The three areas include parishes served by priests from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who are in the Latin America Apostolate of the archdiocese. The effort is led by the TEC Conference, which coordinates formation and education of adult leaders, resources and a network of support and communication.

New Crossroads ministry attracts young adults

The name of a new Catholic young adult ministry based in St. Charles has significance for the college-aged to 30-somethings it is hoping to attract.

Crossroads will meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month starting June 1 at Rendezvous Coffee House, 217 S. Main St. in O'Fallon. Young adults from throughout the archdiocese are invited to attend.

Material from the group quotes Scripture (Jeremiah 6:16): "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."

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