What is Franciscan LEAD?

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.

When is it?

Franciscan LEAD takes place on the Monday-Friday leading up to Steubenville Toronto (June 30-July 3). Youth can arrive Monday, June 30 anytime between 1:30-3pm. 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.

Where does it take place?

The location for LEAD for 2020 will be Manresa Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, ON.

Who is this for?

Youth can apply for Franciscan LEAD for the summer after their grade nine year in high school through the summer after their last year in high school. We are looking for youth who:

  • Love Jesus and His Church
  • Are ready to take their Catholic faith to the next level
  • Want to learn how to share their love of Christ with friends and classmates
  • Want to go deeper in prayer
  • Want to inspire others to answer Christ’s radical call to love and serve
There is no limit to the number of teens that may apply from each group, though we recommend sending applications for 3-4 from each parish/youth group, with at least one youth from each gender.

What does it cost?

The cost for Franciscan LEAD for 2020 is $395. The cost includes training in discipleship and evangelization, resource book, official Franciscan LEAD t-shirt. It also includes accomodations and meals for the duration of the program. This cost does not include the registration fee for the conference weekend. Options for payment may be available through sponsorship by parish youth group for full or partial cost.

How do youth apply?

The application for Franciscan LEAD is exclusively online. The application process will open on January 22. The step by step process and link to the application is detailed here.

Have a question about LEAD?

We are here to help! Feel free to contact John in our office at 416-599-7676 or by email here.

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Steubenville Toronto

Steubenville Toronto is Canada's largest Catholic Youth Conference. The conference will take place July 15-17, 2022 on campus at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, ON.


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