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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Mission

The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles a deeper experience of Christ’s love, the strength to live as disciples, and the power to spread that love through witness and mission.

He wants to do the same in our lives.

The Power & Purpose Conference is for all Catholics who are interested in growing in their knowledge of the power and person of the Holy Spirit.  Come experience a New Pentecost for the New Evangelization.

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2018 THEME

 Let Us Begin

“Remember not the events of the past… See, I am doing something new!” – Isaiah 43:19

When we fall short of the life that we know God has planned for us, it can be very easy to become discouraged. But His mercy is always new, and at every moment of our lives, the Holy Spirit desires to transform us and give us the opportunity for a new beginning… we only have to welcome Him into our hearts.

Come experience the movement of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way this summer at the Power and Purpose Conference! He is ready to do something new in your life.

Registration opens Monday, November 6, 2017!

2018 pricing information coming soon!

2018 Pricing Information

Price per person: $139 (if registered by April 6th); $165 (if registered after April 6th); Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $88 for other clergy, religious and those 30 or younger

Lodging: $85 (for non-A/C unit); $105 (for shared A/C unit); $120 (for private, non-A/C unit)

Meal plan: $70 (includes 6 meals)

*For those who need financial assistance for the summer adult conferences, the Christian Outreach Office has a limited number of tickets to offset registration, room and board. Interested parties, please click here.


2018 MINISTRY TEAM
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Chris Padgett, Host, has been doing ministry for over twenty years. He is an author, musician, teacher and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has 9 children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York.

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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio – See link to full biography below!

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and is the director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has worked in youth ministry for over 20 years. He spent two years serving with NET in his youth and more recently has been a featured speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers. John speaks on topics including the Holy Spirit, media and teen culture, and Christian evangelization. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching youth ministry in the Catechetics Department at Franciscan University. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children.

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Michelle Benzinger is a national women’s speaker, creative entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalized women and children. She is the creative director and visionary leader of Transforming Beauty, a women’s ministry created to invest in women who in turn invest in the world. Michelle and her husband, Chris, have served in global and domestic missions for the past 15 years with their six children (two adopted from Haiti) and now reside in Pensacola, Florida.

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Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife Cait have three children.

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Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Sister Miriam graduated from the University of Nevada on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to be his bride. She speaks often to young adults on the theology of the body, healing in Jesus, pop culture and beauty, and the transforming power of authentic love. Through engaging media, personal stories, and the beauty of Church teaching, Sister Miriam strives to bring the power of God’s love to life in the hearts of those to whom she speaks.

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Peter Herbeck – Biographical information coming soon!

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Father Dave Pivonka, TORhas been saved by the love of God as revealed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The focus of his ministry is to proclaim the saving love of God for each of us. An evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats, and parish missions around the U.S. and world, Father Dave is the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan community. He helps others come to know God’s love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s most recent book is Breath of God – Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit. He also produced The Wild Goose, a 14-part video series about living a life animated by the Holy Spirit.

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at all of the Steubenville Adult Conferences.


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Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over 20 years. He is an author, musician, teacher, and motivational speaker. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of Theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. Chris has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has nine children. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York. Check out chrispadgett.com for more.

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Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, was named the sixth archbishop of San Antonio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2010, and installed on November 23, 2010. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and ordained by Archbishop of Chicago Francis Cardinal George, OMI. Born in San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico, Archbishop Gustavo was the eldest of 15 children. In 1975, Archbishop Gustavo professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. His more than 42 years of priestly service has taken many forms, including ministering to communities with varied cultural backgrounds. He has served on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is currently the committee chairman for Cultural Diversity in the Church. See link to full biography below!

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and currently serves as director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has served in ministry for over 30 years. He spent 2 years serving with NET and 19 years as a parish youth minister. He is a regular speaker on topics such as Life in the Spirit, media and teen culture, and Catholic evangelization at parish and diocesan events. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children.

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Michelle Benzinger is a national women’s speaker, creative entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalized women and children. She is the visionary leader of Greenhouse Collective and the creative director of Meaningful Market. She co-hosts a podcast, Abiding Together with Sister Miriam Heidland, SOLT, and Heather Kyhm. Michelle and her husband, Chris, have served in global and domestic missions for the past 15 years with their six children (two adopted from Haiti) and now reside in Pensacola, Florida.

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Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and has a master’s degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on the Holy Spirit, discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife, Cait, have three children.

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Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. She graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to be his bride. Sister Miriam speaks often on the topics of healing, forgiveness, conversion, sports, beauty, and authentic love. She holds a master’s degree in theology and is the author of Loved As I Am.

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Peter Herbeck is the vice president and director of Missions for Renewal Ministries and is involved with i.d.9:16, its outreach to Catholic young adults. For the past 30 years, he has served in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal, hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth, and has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks. He also teaches a graduate course on the new evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Peter and his wife, Debbie, have four children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is well-known and popular speaker. He is the author of several books including Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus and Breath of God. He also produced The Wild Goose, a video series on the Holy Spirit. Father Dave is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic and preaching outreach of the TOR’s.

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob received his PhD in Evangelisation from Liverpool Hope University and currently is the director of the Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, and they have seven children. You can keep up with him at bob-rice.com.


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