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Abide: New Week-Long Event for Teens to Debut in July

Abide: New Week-Long Event for Teens to Debut in July

Encounter Cincinnati, one of the Abide co-sponsors,  holds prayer festivals for area youth. Abide will help youth take their encounter with Christ further, equipping them to become closer disciples through catechesis, worship, prayer, and service. Photo courtesy Encounter Cincinnati.

Encounter Cincinnati, one of the Abide co-sponsors, holds several prayer festivals for area youth each year. Abide will help youth take their encounter with Christ further, equipping them to become closer disciples through catechesis, worship, prayer, and service. Photo courtesy Encounter Cincinnati.

A new conference aimed at teens will debut this summer, the latest in a growing raft of Archdiocese of Cincinnati-sponsored events aimed at helping people of all ages encounter and follow Christ.


Abide: Forming Missionary Disciples” will take place July 22-26 on the Mount St. Joseph University campus in Delhi/Cincinnati. It will feature dynamic speakers, Mass and other sacraments, Eucharistic Adoration, ministry in the city, workshops, catechesis and more. Registration is open now.


“ The Abide Conference will meet a particular need in the Archdiocese, a deepening experience for teens who have heard the Gospel and who have responded,” say organizers. “Now comes the need for initiatory catechesis for teens . Abide is designed to meet that need and answers the call put forward by St. Pope John Paul II in Catechesi Tradendae: ‘the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ.’”


Open to teens in the high school graduating classes of 2015-2018, the conference will:

  • Invite teens to commit or re-commit to Christ
  • Help teens cultivate a life in the Holy Spirit
  • Equip teens with practical skills and experiences and provide opportunities for them encounter the Holy Spirit; opening them to God’s plan, the gifts He provides for ministry, and guidance on how to use what God has given them
  • Help teens exercise their gifts and skills in real-time ministry
  • Firmly root teens in the Catholic faith, through catechesis, fellowship, the sacraments, and prayer
  • Send teens back to their parishes and families confident in their capacity to evangelize and willing to do it

Youth ministers, pastors, campus ministers, and adult volunteers are also invited to participate. “This conference is designed to engage them in their leadership role with their teens as small group leaders and adult ministers, while at the same time providing them training and growth opportunities in evangelization and prayer,” say organizers. A special Youth Ministry Track will provide workshops on topics such as how to to more effectively engage teens and other adults, including parents, with the story of Jesus Christ and his Church.

Leaders will include:

Jim Beckman, Professor of Leadership and Evangelization for the Augustine Institute in Denver
Involved with lay ministry and evangelization for more than 25 years, Jim  graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1987 and has served in various leadership roles in national, regional, and local youth and parish ministry ever since.

Fr. John Ignatius, SCJ
Born and raised in California, Fr. John has studied theology at Loyola Marymount University, Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), and St. John Vianney Seminary. He has worked as a high school religion teacher, high school campus minister, university theology instructor, and director of evangelization at FUS. Since co-founding a new Roman Catholic religious community, the Servants of Christ Jesus, in 2004, Father John has trained missionaries for FOCUS, Life Teen and Fraternus. He presently directs Patriarch, a Bible formation program for dads, and serves as Catholic Chaplain at the University of Denver.

Nic Frank, Adore Ministries
Nic has been reaching youth all around the country for nearly a decade as a youth minister with Adore Ministries, and has worked hard to bring the New Evangelization to youth programs in Texas, Louisiana, and Rockford, IL.

Deacon Ethan Moore, Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Born and raised in Albuquerque, Deacon Ethan moved to McCartyville (OH) with his family, graduated from FUS, and worked as a teacher and youth minister before entering Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He will be ordained in May of this year and will be serving at… (to be named on May 16)!

Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office of the New Evangelization, Ruah Woods, and Encounter Cincinnati, the five-day conference costs $250 ($150 for chaperones/group leaders and free to priests), including all meals and accommodations. It is open to all area youth, not only those from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


For more information see the Abide website and Facebook pages, or Follow Abide on Twitter at @abidecinci.


“Archbishop Dennis Schnurr has blessed and approved this unique conference,” organizers say. “Abide will root and equip teens for the Great Commission imparted by Christ to every Christian, to ‘go therefore, and make disciples.’”


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