Diocesan Youth Conference

 Bishop Monforton invites all teens of the Diocese to join him at DYC 2017! This annual event is an opportunity for the young Church in the Diocese of Steubenville to gather each year to pray, learn, and celebrate the Catholic faith. DYC includes Mass with Bishop Monforton, Eucharistic Adoration, inspirational speakers and entertainers, breakout sessions,  games, music, and more!  

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at St. Mary's School in Marietta, Ohio

 Youth Conference Schedule (Please check back soon)

DYC is designed to be open to any youth in grades 7-12 wanting to attend, at any stage in their faith journey.   All must register through the parish/school youth office - call yours today for more information!

Every year the Office of Christian Formation and Schools sponsors RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINEdiocesan youth conference (DYC), as our largest outreach event that celebrates our faith and love of the Lord! We are planning for hundreds of students to gather for over eight hours of music, inspirational speakers, and Sunday Mass with Bishop Monforton. RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE is designed to be open to any 7-12 grade  aged youth wanting to attend; please welcome and invite them to participate in the life of the Catholic Church!

This year's  RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE will feature a Marian Procession, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. (Be sure to wear good walking shoes.) This will be a day of fun, faith and many graces that you won't want to miss!

20 of the 55 parishes in the Diocese of Steubenville attended RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE 2016 -- we would love to see even more of you there this year! Our goal is to have all 55 parishes and 3 Missions participating in this annual event!   If you have a child in high school, we encourage you to call your parish to see if they will be participating. Perhaps if they are not already planning to participate, this will change if they hear that there are interested families! To help more youth attend, we are once again providing Free transportation via coach bus from select locations on a first come-first serve basis. You can reserve your seat on a bus when you register for the youth conference on Eventbrite!




Sean Forrest


Sean Forrest began his ministry as a full-time youth minister at St. James parish in Stratford, Conn. In January of 2000, Sean founded Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc. (MWTS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to boldly proclaiming God’s eternal Truth and love. Since then, he has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of thousands of teens and adults across the country and internationally. With a goal to both educate and inspire as many people as possible to open their hearts to God’s love, Sean uses his gifts of humor, music and straight talk to help break down the barriers that the world has built up.



Kris 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 Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas.  Currently he serves as the Missionary Director for Dirty Vagabond Ministries. 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 beautiful wife, Grace, and their four children. He is grateful every day for the gift of God’s grace and the joy of serving the Church.


Cindy Costello

Cindy, filled with the grace of the sacrament of marriage to her husband Tom for 30 years, thanks God for their 5 children. She served as Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, working closely with the Family Life Director in offering programs at St. Paul Inside the Walls Evangelization Center. These included marriage preparation, marriage ministry support and training, ENDOW, and a program she initiated called First Steps for parents and their young children. Integrating the Theology of the Body into all her presentations.  A recent addition to our Diocese, Cindy is a certified Theology of the Body instructor and is available to give talks throughout the diocese.




Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton was installed as the fifth Bishop of Steubenville at the Finnegan Fieldhouse, on Franciscan University Campus, on September 10, 2012. He was born Detroit, Michigan on May 3, 1963 to Marc and Virginia Monforton. Bishop has been joining us for RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE for five years and invites all of the young people of his diocese to attend!

Since coming to the Diocese of Steubenville, Bishop Monforton has become an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville and he is a regular presenter on three different Catholic radio stations heard throughout the Ohio Valley. He also tweets daily on twitter and can be followed @BishopMonforton





Young people that want to participate must register on Eventbrite through their parish/school Coordinator of Youth Ministry. The cost is $20 per participant (youth and adults) and $35 per family (up to three from the same family, each additional member after three is $5) for early registration, which includes all of the great entertainment above, and lunch.

Registration after September 29 will be $25 per person and $45 per family (up to three from the same family, each additional member after three is $10).

Please note there will be no refunds after September 29th.

You can register for our annual DYC at https://dyc2017.eventbrite.com

Click Here for instruction on how to register.



On Sunday, October 15 (the day of RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE):

  1. Eat Breakfast before you arrive at RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! (We will be serving lunch around 12:30pm-this is subject to change as the schedule for the day has not yet been finalized. Concessions will be available for purchase prior to and following lunch).
  2. Come to St. Mary’s School, Marietta, on Sunday, October 15th (check-in begins at 10:00 A.M.). Be sure to bring all necessary paperwork.
  3. When you check-in, you will verify your list of attendees, and submit payment if paying by check
  4. RISE UP! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE begins at 10:30am & concludes around 6:30pm after the closing Mass and adoration. Concessions will be available throughout the day for purchase and the local youth group will be selling pizzas as groups are departing.



Directions to St. Mary's School, Marietta:

Address: 320 Marion Street, Marietta, OH 45750

FROM I-77 (EITHER DIRECTION)From I-77 North, Take exit 1 onto Ohio River Scenic Byway/Pike St. Make a Right by the Walgreens (on the left) and the Rite Aid (On the right) to Continue on Ohio River Scenic Byway.  Ohio River Scenic Byway becomes 3rd Street. One and a half blocks past the Quadranaou Park (On your right) is the parking lot for St. Mary’s School, which is on the right.
From I-77 South, Take exit 6 for OH 821 towards Marietta/Lower Salem. Turn Right onto OH-821 S/Cambridge Rd. Continue for 3 miles then turn left onto OH 60 S/Muskigum Dr. Stay Straight on OH 60 S for about 2 miles as it will become 3rd Street. St. Mary’s Parking lot is on the left of 3rd Street, just after the light at the intersection of Marion Street and OH 60 S/ 3rd Street.


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Youth Code of Conduct
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