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Steubenville is more than the name of a conference, it’s a city in Ohio that is home to Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), a vibrant Catholic college rooted in the Franciscan tradition and dedicated to proclaiming Jesus Christ as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Franciscan University hosted its first Steubenville Youth Conference in 1976, when 1,000 youth and young adults gathered on the campus in Steubenville, Ohio, for a weekend of prayer, praise, and reflection. In the summer of 2019, more than 50,000 teens participated in 25 different youth conferences across North America – discovering the richness of the Catholic Church and encountering the truth of Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament.
After much prayer and discernment, for the safety of all involved, we've made the difficult decision to cancel the Steubenville Toronto conference that was scheduled to take place July 3-5, 2020 as well as the LEAD retreat scheduled to take place June 39-July 3, 2020. Please see our notice here.
We've been in contact with all group leaders. If you are a teen or a chaperone who had already registered to attend the 2020 conference, please reach out to your group leader to discuss your next steps. If you are a group leader who did not receive a message from our office, please contact the Office of Catholic Youth by email here.
Steubenville Toronto will take place on campus at Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT) in Oshawa, ON. The conference begins July 9, and will continue until July 11, 2021. Ontario Tech University is located at 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON. For more information about the venue, please visit their website.
Youth who will be in Grade 9 in September 2021 up to those who will be graduating high school in June of 2021 can attend Steubenville Toronto. Chaperones are required to be at least 21 years of age at the time of the conference. If you have finished high school, and are not yet old enough to be a Chaperone, you can still participate as a volunteer - please see the volunteer section of our site for more information. Priests are also encouraged to attend to help with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration for 2020 was $295 per person (Youth/Chaperone/Leader). More details regarding the cost for 2021 will be released as we get closer to registration opening in January of 2021.
The registration fee covers entrance to the conference from July 9-11, 6 meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) and accommodations for the Friday and Saturday night of Steubenville Toronto.
Group Leaders are responsible for registering all youth and chaperones for their respective group. Registration will only be done online HERE, where a group leader will be able to register a ‘block’ of spaces and then attach names of youth/chaperones to those slots later when the information is confirmed.
Registration will open in January 2021. Please go here for more information.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis and with limited availability we encourage groups to sign up early to avoid dissapointment!
No. Understandably, it is very difficult to know exactly the number and names of those who will be attending Steubenville Toronto 2020 in January. Thus, when registration opens, a group leader would reserve a block of spaces, pay the required deposit and then update the registration info with names as they become confirmed.
Yes. For each registration slot reserved, a deposit of $95 per person (non-refundable and non-transferable) must be made at registration via credit card.
All information should be finalized by TBD. The deadline to add or drop a spot is TBD. If groups do not have their participant data entered by TBD, they run the risk of forfeiting their spot(s). Please check out our site for more information in January 2021 for these TBD dates.
Groups can add spots (if available) up until TBD. After this time, we will not be able to accept any new registrants. Groups may drop spots up until TBD, however the deposit for dropped spots will be forfeited. After TBD, groups are responsible for paying the full balance for all spots allocated to them. Please check out our site for more information in January 2021 for these TBD dates.
We ask that all balances are paid in full by TBD. All payments made are non-refundable and non-transferable. All payments not made by this date will incur a 10% late fee. Any groups with an outstanding balance at the time of the conference may be refused entry. Please check out our site for more information in January 2021 for these TBD dates.
Group leaders will be required to provide credit card information when registering the group spots initially. Final payment may be made by cheque or by credit card. Final payment is due by TBD.
No. Steubenville Toronto will only register youth that are part of a group with the proper number of chaperones. If you do not presently have a group please contact your parish to see if they are sending a group to Steubenville Toronto. Alternatively, you can check to see if neighbouring parishes are sending young people to the conference. This would be a great opportunity to meet fantastic new people too! If this is not feasable, feel free to consider creating your own group with a small group of friends or classmates, with parents or relatives as chaperones. If you still have no success, contact the Office of Catholic Youth of the Archdiocese of Toronto, via email here.
Each group is responsible for transportation to and from Ontario Tech University Campus. The city of Oshawa is located at the Eastern edge of the Greater Toronto Area, about 45-minutes from downtown Toronto.
Certainly! We have FREE parking available for autos and buses.
While the cost of driver accommodation is not included when you register your group for the conference, we realize that some groups are coming from very far away. If you require accommodation for your driver(s) please contact us and we will assist in making the needed arrangements.
Groups who register at the full regular rate will be staying in residence on campus at Ontario Tech University. There are two double beds in each room, complete with bedding, pillows and towels. It may be required for a portion of participants to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows, depending on room capacity. Participants should check with group leaders about a week before the conference to find out what they will need to bring.
In 2018 we introduced a special discounted rate for groups who would like to commute to the conference and NOT stay overnight on campus. However, due to a lack of interest in this initiative, we no longer offer a discounted rate and all registered groups will be alloted dorm rooms on campus.
For the safety of the youth and for the good of all involved in Steubenville Toronto, there must be Adult Chaperones for all youth who register for the event.
A Chaperone must be at least 21 years of age and must be present with the group at all times during the conference. The Chaperone must be a trusted and responsible adult. Chaperones may also be asked to facilitate group activities and ensure that the young people remain engaged and participate in the conference proceedings. Chaperones are also responsible (along with group leaders) for night time supervision of their own participants. If you have people associated with your group who are finishes high school, but not yet turned 21 years of age, please encourage them to become a volunteer for the conference.
Ratio: Minimum 1 Adult per 10 Youth of the same gender. Ratio Example: 20 Youth (12 Women and 8 Men) = 3 Chaperones required (2 Women and 1 Man)
Adult Chaperones are expected to stay with their groups at all times during Steubenville Toronto. As such, Adult Chaperones cannot be shared between the groups. Each group must be able to meet the needs of their youth, given the large attendance numbers of the conference.
No. Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. Plus, the focus of all chaperones, group leaders and volunteers need to be on the youth participants. If these adults bring their own children, their focus will be split. With the best care of the youth participants in mind, this is not allowed.
Yes! Priests are a wonderful witness and their presence helps young people grow in their faith and to potentially consider a vocation to the priesthood and religious life. In addition, we are in need of priests to assist in administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the weekend of the conference and at other liturgical celebrations. As such, priests are welcome to attend for FREE. We encourage all groups to invite and bring their parish priest(s) with them. Priests will need to fill out the ‘Clergy Application Form’ that will be provided on the Steubenville Toronto website in the near future. Please note that Priests are unable to serve as chaperones at Steubenville Toronto. Since priests are going to be helping with confessions and at Mass, they will be unable to be present with the group at all times which is a requirement to be a chaperone.
Yes. Accommodations have been arranged for clergy. Please identify in the Clergy Application Form which nights you require accommodations and you will be contacted by the appropriate Steubenville Toronto representative.
Yes, absolutely! If you are not attending the conference with a specific parish/group, but still desire to serve conference participants, we encourage you to please fill out the Clergy Application Form to indicate your availability during the conference.
Unfortunately, priests are unable to serve a chaperones for male youth at Steubenville Toronto. Since priests are going to be helping with confessions and at Mass, they will be unable to be present with the group at all times which is a requirement to be a chaperone.
Absolutely! Volunteers play a key role in the success of Steubenville Toronto. More information is available here.
Volunteers do not have to pay to help out at Steubenville Toronto. Volunteers are not required to stay on campus for the duration of the conference. If a volunteer requires accommodations, they are permitted to stay on campus at a cost of $25 per night. Please indicate your need for accommodations on your volunteer application.
Volunteers will need to provide contact information for three references when filling out the volunteer application form.
Your references can include friends, coworkers and your parish priest. Only one of your three references is allowed to be a family member.
We are happy to accommodate special health needs, allergies, and dietary restrictions an individual may have. Please ensure your group leader identifies your special needs in the respective section of the application process. Special instructions will be sent to group leaders as the conference date nears to relay information and instructions to accommodate registrants with special health, allergic and dietary needs.
Medical staff will be on site at Steubenville Toronto at all times to deal with any medical issues in conjunction with Group Leaders and Adult Chaperones.
T-Shirts and various other items will be available in the Steubie Store. T-shirts for groups are the responsibility of each individual group. If you need assistance with creating shirts for your group, please let us know and we may be able to guide you through the process.
Franciscan LEAD (LEAD for short) is a dynamic leadership opportunity for teens that are ready to step up to the next level in leadership and evangelization. It is a five day, Christ-centred, sacrament-soaked, prayer-fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, discipleship inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscan LEAD takes place on the Monday-Friday leading up to Steubenville Toronto (July 5-July 9, 2021). Youth interested in being a part of LEAD must complete an application found here. The application process will open on TBD. Please note that in order to participate in Franciscan LEAD, you must already be registered for Steubenville Toronto as you will be called upon to be a positive witness to others during the conference and afterwards. The registration cost for Franciscan LEAD for 2021 is TBD.
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