Conferences & Retreats

Steubenville of the Rockies

The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 25 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Our mission is to build the Church by evangelizing, equipping, and empowering God’s children to become radical and joyful disciples. For more information about the Steubenville Conferences, visit

High School Conference 2020
June 19-21, 2020
Crowne Plaza – Denver Intl Airport, Colorado

2020 Registration Coming Soon


Greetings from the Rocky Mountain State!

We are very excited to be hosting the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference for the 22nd 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

No longer in high school but desire to serve at Steubenville of the Rockies? Check out this new retreat and service opportunity for young adults!

Mercy Squad is for young adults ages 18-28 years of age. Mercy Squad is a 5-day young adult service opportunity beginning with a 2-day retreat the Wednesday prior to the conference weekend. The squad will pray, worship, and grow in formation and community before preparing the conference for the arrival of 2000+ teens.  Mercy Squad provides “hands on” work throughout the weekend in various volunteer capacities to serve the youth and the conference. Mercy Squad is a great way to connect with other young adults who desire to grow in faith and remain actively involved in the Church.

Please click here for an application. Mercy Squad Application 2019_

Want to learn more? Email or call 303.715.3107

Promo Video



“See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1

At the core of our being is a desire for meaningful connection and authentic relationship. We long to love and be loved, but how often do we just feel lonely?

As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”

This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will attend one of 24 Steubenville Youth Conferences to encounter the God who calls us His sons and daughters. Come and experience His overwhelming love for you. You belong here.




Who:                High school students

Cost:                 N/A (includes $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due January 31st)

Includes:          Conference Materials, Lodging and 4 Meals

Location:          Crowne Plaza, DIA

When:                June 21-23, 2019

Schedule:        Check-in 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, June 21
Conference ends at noon on Sunday, June 23
Weekend Schedule

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


Speaker Bios



  Host: Chris Padgett

Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over 20 years. He is an author, musician, teacher, and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York. Check out for more.

  Worship: Ben Walther

Ben Walther began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. His first album, Where I Want to Be, launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with, a division of OCP, and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded Make Your Home In Me, a collection of seven new worship songs. A worship leader for St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Adore Ministries, Ben says his most profound blessings are his lovely wife, Maria, their four daughters, and their baby boy.

 Team Priest: Fr. Christopher Martin

Father Christopher Martin is a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 2006, Father Martin now serves as the vocations director for the archdiocese. He lives in and runs a house of discernment for men and frequently travels, giving talks and retreats for young people and helping them discover the vocation to which God is calling them.


Sr. Miriam Heidland SOLT

Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. She graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno on a volleyball scholarship and after a radical conversion heard Jesus call her to be his bride. Sister Miriam speaks often on the topics of healing, forgiveness, authentic love (and sports!). She holds a master’s degree in theology, hosts a podcast called Abiding Together, and is the author of Loved As I Am.

David Calavitta

David Calavitta is a passionate Catholic in love with Christ and his Church. He’s also very much in love with his wife, Brittany, and their son, Judah. David has been blessed to serve the Church through youth ministry in various ways since 2000. In addition to his speaking ministry, he currently serves as the director of Design and Marketing for Life Teen International.

Mary Bielski

As the founder of ALL4HIM Ministries, Mary Bielski has spoken to over 200,000 teens around the nation at high school and young adult retreats and conferences, including Steubenville Youth Conferences, Life Teen-Inspiration, L.A. Congress, and parish and diocesan rallies. Mary talks on a variety of topics including conversion, prayer, the Holy Spirit, sacraments, chastity, and the theology of the body. Using funny stories and engaging analogies, Mary draws her audience to the beauty of our Catholic faith, a deeper love for Christ, the Eucharist, and the call to holiness.