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 (July 8-12, 2019). Youth can arrive Monday, July 8 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 afterward.
Where does it take place?
The location for LEAD for 2019 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 2019 is $395. The cost includes training in discipleship and evangelization, resource book, official Franciscan LEAD t-shirt. It also includes accommodations 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 the full or partial cost.
"I WENT INTO THE LEAD WEEK TOTALLY NERVOUS AND HAVING A FEW PROBLEMS WITH MY FAITH, AND CAME OUT FEELING STRONG AND CONFIDENT IN MY FAITH AS A SOLDIER OF GOD. THROUGHOUT THE WEEK ALL MY FEARS ABOUT WHO I WAS AND WHAT I HAD TO DO VANISHED. I FOUND CONFIDENCE AND STRENGTH IN GOD AND I SLOWLY, THROUGH THE WEEK, REALIZED THAT GOD HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL AND THAT HE LOVED ME FOR WHO I WAS."
- YOUTH LEAD PARTICIPANT
More info and apply here .