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
June 21-23, 2019
Crowne Plaza – Denver Intl Airport, Colorado

On Line Registration for the conference will open on Monday, January 14, 2019. 


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

Promo Video

1st Sunday of Advent 2018

Archbishop Aquila’s homily from the 1st Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. The Gospel is from Luke 21:25-36. It was the installation of Fr. Gregory Cioch as Pastor of Christ the King (Denver).

Installation of Fr. Scott Bailey as Pastor of Risen Christ

Archbishop Aquila’s homily from the installation of Fr. Scott Bailey as Pastor of Risen Christ Catholic Church in Denver.

Pastor Installation – St. Gianna Molla

Archbishop Aquila’s homily from the installation Mass of Fr. Jason Wunsch, pastor of St. Gianna Molla (September 16, 2018). The homily focuses on the importance of not following the voice of the Evil One, but rather that of Jesus. All of us must answer the important question of who Jesus is in our lives. More specifically, Fr. Jason as the pastor of the community has the important task of leading others to answer this specific question as well. As a new parish, they are together grow in their relationship with the Lord, trusting that He will take care of everything.

Annual Anniversary Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary – September 9, 2018

Archbishop Aquila’s homily from his annual Anniversaries Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn. There were around 150 couples who renewed their wedding vows. Two couples celebrated 70 years of marriage; one couple celebrated 75 years! The readings were from the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and Archbishop’s homily focused on the importance of being a living witness to Christ in the married life in a world which wants to tear apart what God has joined.

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Who:                High school students

Cost:               $210 (includes $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit)

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


Group Planning Documents

Required Registration Forms – DUE MAY 10, 2019

Instructions  for Liability Form

Youth Protection Compliance Agreement & Waiver and Affidavit (groups from outside the Archdiocese of Denver ONLY)

2018 Final Payment Form

2018 Group Information Form

Optional Registration Forms (additional cost to registration fee) – DUE MAY 18, 2018

2018 Priest Form
(Note: Priests also need to complete Adult Liability Form)

Optional T-Shirt Order

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

sample interest flyer

Code of Conduct

Area Information

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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.

 Chris Mueller

Chris Mueller is a youth minister from Murrieta, California. He crafts dynamic talks that communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that resonates with teen and adult audiences alike. Chris is the president and founder of Everyday Catholic, a nonprofit organization that invites this generation to share in the devotion of the first generation of Christians—devoted to the teaching of the apostles, to the communal life, and to the breaking of the bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). Chris and his wife, Christina, live in California with their six children

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.