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Steubenville of the Rockies

Steubenville of the Rockies Important Information!


Dear Friends in Christ,  

Everyone who attends a Steubenville Conference is part of the Franciscan University of Steubenville family. As such, your wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. So, first and foremost, please know of our prayers for you, your family and friends as you endeavor to stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.  

Many are asking if the 2020 Steubenville Conference season is going to take place. While the full effect of COVID-19 is unknown, it is our hope that everything will be stabilized by this coming summer so that it will be safe to gather, pray, and enjoy one another’s company. As such, we would encourage you to register for the conference that you wish to attend this summer.  

Our cancellation policy for the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth conference is as such:  

      • If the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference is cancelled, as mandated by the government or decided upon by Franciscan University and/or The Archdiocese of Denver, any registered participant can do one of two things:  

          •  Get a full refund

          •  Put 2020 registration fee toward a 2021 conference

      • If a participant decides not to come because of COVID-19 when a conference has not been cancelled:

          • Get a full refund

          • Put 2020 registration fee toward a 2021 conference

For now, please reserve your spot for one of our amazing conferences and join us in prayer. The Archdiocese of Denver and Franciscan University are committed to the health and safety of its conference participants. As such, consistent with federal, state, and local guidelines, all recommended safety practices in place for this summer’s conferences. You will receive any important updates as they become available.

Please pray for our country. Pray for the most vulnerable among us. Pray for God’s will to be done and for an outpouring of healing grace.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (303)715-3178 or  

We look forward, by the grace of God, to serving you this summer. Be assured of our prayers for you, your loved ones, and your walk with the Lord as we journey together during this challenging time. May God bless you abundantly.

– The Steubenville of the Rockies Conference Team


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

Registration is now Open!


Please Click Here to Register


Greetings from the Rocky Mountain State!

We are very excited to be hosting the Steubenville of the Rockies Conference for the 23rd 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 18-25 years of age. Mercy Squad is a 4-day young adult service opportunity beginning with a day retreat the Thursday 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, serve as role models, and build up the church.

Please click here for an application. Mercy Squad Application 2020

 Want to learn more? Email or call 303.715.3107

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 students

Cost:                 $220 (includes $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due two weeks after registration)

Includes:          Conference Materials, Lodging and 4 Meals

Location:          Crowne Plaza, DIA

When:                June 19-21, 2020

Schedule:        Check-in 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, June 19
Conference ends at noon on Sunday, June 21

Weekend Schedule

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


Group Planning Documents

Required Registration Forms – DUE MAY 9, 2020

Optional Registration Forms (additional cost to registration fee) – DUE MAY 9, 2020

Conference Information for Priests 2020

  • 2020 Priest Forms
    (Note: Priests also need to complete Adult Liability Form)
  • Optional T-Shirt Order Form with Image (coming soon)
  • Optional Bus Driver Housing Form
    (for coach drivers who are not attending conference)
  • Optional Extra Hotel Night Form

Other Group Planning Information


Group Planning Timeline

Interest Flyer

Code of Conduct

Area Information

How do I register my group?
Who can attend?


Speaker Bios

Host: Kristopher Frank

Kris Frank attended Franciscan University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in catechetics and theology with a youth ministry concentration. He has been a part of youth programs in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. He now serves as vice president of Vagabond Missions in Steubenville, Ohio, where he lives. Kris also has been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and young adults at various retreats, camps, and conferences. Kris spends his free time with his wife, Grace, and their four children.

  Worship: Josh Blakesley

Josh Blakesley has acknowledged a simple calling: to make music that moves people into prayer and action. Josh and his band mates have dedicated themselves to making quality music for the church and spreading the Gospel. He has led music for 20-plus years at various events, churches, festivals, and conferences, including the Steubenville Conferences. In addition to touring, songwriting, and producing, Josh serves as the assistant music director at his home church in Alexandria, Louisiana.

  Team Priest: Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Father Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life called Voluntas Dei. He founded Plating Grace, an international apostolate connecting food and faith. He’s an internationally renowned speaker, best-selling author, TV & radio host, and a theological and cultural contributor to the media. His unique background as a martial arts instructor and former breakdancer helps him connect with people of all backgrounds. In addition, he has appeared on The Food Network, where he won Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Father Leo uses food, faith, and fun to bring people closer to the Lord’s Table


 Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries and author of the book Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She speaks internationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics and has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, and is co-host of EWTN’s At the Heart of Relationships. She contributed to Ascension Press’ confirmation program Chosen, YDisciple’s True Beauty, and is a proud team member of Sarah and her husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, reside in Atchison, Kansas, with their five young children, Thomas, Fulton, Cate, Kolbe, and John Paul. Find out more at

Brain Greenfield

Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He came to know Christ while studying at Seton Hall University. Following a year as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, he became a speaker with Hard as Nails Ministries and a campus minister. He now lives in Florida with his wife, Genevieve, and three children, Mieko, Michael, and Grace.

  Kyle Heimann

Kyle Heimann has traveled the country with the Catholic-Acoustic-Humor-Folk-Beard-Rock duo, Popple for years. He plays guitar, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, and the nose flute. He can be heard on his daily radio show/podcast learning about the Catholic faith from guests and games on The Kyle Heimann Show. He enjoys sharing his faith through humorous stories, analogies, and multimedia. Kyle is married and has four kids. He’s a bad dancer.