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Steubenville Youth Conference 2019: Aaron Lofy

This month's column is by MICHAEL OTTMAN, the coordinator of youth ministry for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.



12-14, the theme of the Steubenville Conference at the Rochester Civic Center was Belong. A popular quote that many seemed to remember from the weekend was, “The opposite of belonging is fitting in.” It’s not about just changing appearances or acting as someone we are not, to simply “fit in," but it’s about being loved for who we are and were created to be. We ultimately belong to our heavenly father who loves us dearly. The conference featured the music of SONAR and presentations by: Paul George, a speaker, consultant and life coach. Paul wrote the book Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace Got and Experience True Joy and hosts The Paul George Show, a weekly national radio show and podcast.

Fr. Joseph A. Espaillat II, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York who founded the Messengers of Christ ministry. Katie Hartfiel, author of Woman in Love.

Jason Evert, author of 10 books, including How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, and speaker on the virtue of chastity. Nic Frank, a youth minister in Rockford, IL.

In case you are wondering, "Can I rewatch the talks?", the answer is yes! Search "Steubenville Rochester 2019" on YouTube. All of the main talks are available to watch and share from there! If you are on the fence about attending next year, I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch a couple of these talks. It may help in the decision process moving forward!

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Director of Youth & Young Adults,


It was a beautiful weekend to see young and seasoned hearts encounter the Lord! There were more than 1,500 youth gathered for the weekend. Within that number, there were more than 200 youth and adults from our diocese who attended! Now that we have all these hearts on fire for our faith, what’s next? Do we let this flame settle, and wait until the next conference? When things start to return to “normal” life, do we still remember that we belong? I encourage all who attended to continue to grow in faith! In times of doubt, remember how the Lord worked during this conference, and then continue to look forward for what God has next in your journey. The emotions from the weekend may start to settle, but know what you encountered was real and that you belong. For those who have never attended, pray about going next year! If the Lord calls, do not be afraid to answer.

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