Conferences & Retreats

Steubenville of the Rockies

Steubenville of the Rockies

Denver Colorado

July 2-4

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Greetings from the Rocky Mountain State!

We are very excited to be hosting the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference for the 24th year in a row!

With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians, and presenters, this conference will challenge Catholic youth to not just learn about the Holy Spirit, but to get to know Him as the living presence of God in our lives. We will get to contemplate the amazing love of Jesus and how He willingly gave up His throne in heaven in order to become a man.

The Sacraments are the highlight of the weekend. Teens will join in two dynamic Eucharistic Liturgies during the weekend and will be given numerous opportunities to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is also a powerful time of Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration. Many youth have come to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit through this weekend.

If your teens are beginning their walk with Christ, needing strength to continue the journey, or just ready to rejoice in the many blessings He has given, then this is the conference for you!

We had an incredible time playing host to over 2500 youth last year and are anticipating another large crowd this summer. We are looking forward to hosting your group here in the beautiful state of Colorado! If you have questions regarding the registration materials, please feel free to contact us.

Finally, we ask that you keep the conference preparations, participants, and staff in your prayers.

Peace in Christ Jesus,

Office of Evangelization & Family Life Ministries
Archdiocese of Denver

Franciscan LEAD is a five-day, Christ-centered, sacrament-soaked, prayer fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, and discipleship inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Our leadership philosophy is based on the foundation that youth leadership flows from a personal relationship with Christ. Therefore, we first give teens the tools to grow closer in their relationship with Jesus and then give them the essentials for servant leadership and evangelization.

 Want to learn more? Go to  or call our office at (303)715-3178.


Promo Video



“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” -Psalm 80:3 RSV

 Can you remember a time when you weren’t anxious about something? The chaos of our lives can overwhelm us and make it difficult to see anything other than confusion and brokenness.

 And somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten who we are – and, more importantly, who God is.

 We have a good, loving Father in heaven who created us to share in His glory, to see everything and everyone with His eyes. His greatest desire is to raise us up out of our fear and anxiety and restore us to the hope and abundant life that only He can give.

 This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will attend one of 25 Steubenville Youth Conferences to encounter the God who calls us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. Lift your eyes to the glory of God. Be restored.




Who:  High School (Incoming 9th-Graduating 12th Grade)

Cost:  $175.00 (includes $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due two weeks after registration is submitted)

Includes:  Conference Materials and 4 Meals

Housing: This is separate cost and is not included in the registration fee.  The cost is $180.00 per night (4 occupants per room). Housing is onsite at the conference or in one of our additional locations. The conference does not accept day registrations. A separate link for housing will be sent after registration is completed.

Housing this year will be available at three different locations. We have a limited number of rooms available within a 5-mile radius of the conference for a reduced housing cost. A surcharge will be added to your registration if your group does not stay at our housing locations.  Please email or call Patty at 303-715-3178 for details.

T- Shirt: Optional  $20 Exclusive Steubenville Conference T- Shirt
$25 Exclusive Steubenville Conference T- Shirt
(2X, 3X, 4X)

Location:   Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Parking:     $10 per day- Self – Parking (bus, van or car)

When:          July 2-4, 2021

Schedule:   Check-in 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, July 2
Conference ends at noon on Sunday, July 4

Weekend Schedule – Coming Soon 

For more information please email or call Patty at 303-715-3178


Group Planning Documents

Speaker Bios




Host: Christopher Stefanick

Chris Stefanick, a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, is an internationally acclaimed author and speaker who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith. Chris’ live talks reach over 85,000 people per year. His videos and radio spots reach over one million people every month. His initiatives are turning the tide in the Church. Chris founded Real Life Catholic, a Denver-based nonprofit that operates as the headquarters for various initiatives. Chris is most proud to be the husband to wife Natalie and father to their six children.




Worship: Ben Walther

A minister and educator for over 15 years, Ben Walther is invested in the mission of the new evangelization. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ben is honored to now serve the Walsh University community as the director of Campus Ministry. He and his family live in North Canton, Ohio.




Team Priest: Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Father Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life called Voluntas Dei. He founded “Grace Before Meals”, an apostolate to strengthen families around the dinner table. He is an internationally renowned speaker, author, TV host of “Savoring Our Faith” on EWTN, radio co-host of “Entertaining Truth” on Sirius XM, and contributor to various publications on theological and cultural connections. His experience as a martial artist and break dancer helps him connect with people of all ages, appearing on PBS, ABC, CBS and The Food Network, where he defeated a famous chef on “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” Father Leo uses food, faith, and fun in hopes of bringing people closer together, one meal at a time!





Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers, SOLT

Sister Mary Elizabeth Albers, SOLT, is the vocation servant for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. As a student athlete at Benedictine College, she experienced a profound encounter with Jesus, both in the Eucharist and through solid friendships—three of her basketball teammates also became religious sisters! After graduating and spending two years as a missionary teacher in Belize, Central America, she heard the Lord calling her to be his bride and entered the SOLT Sisters in 2006. Sister Mary Elizabeth currently serves in Seattle, Washington, and speaks on topics of vocation, evangelization, and mission.




Katie Prejean McGrady

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus. She has been traveling across the country since 2007, engaging audiences of all ages and sizes with theological truths and a unique blend of humor. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, and Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, Life Teen, and Blessed is She, and has spoken around the world. She has a BA in theology from the University of Dallas and lives with her family in Louisiana.




Oscar Rivera, Jr.

Oscar Rivera Jr. (“Two Ten”) lives in Virginia, with his wife, Pamela. He serves as the director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at his parish in Virginia Beach. Raised in the inner city of Waterbury, Connecticut, Oscar’s method of avoiding the streets became God and hip-hop. For over a decade he has been an international speaker and performer. Oscar’s life is devoted to the new evangelization and his upbeat urban approach has made his message entertaining and easy to understand. Our faith is not boring and neither is Oscar.