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2017 Conference Theme: Jesus, Our Hope

This year’s Scripture verse is taken from the Gospel of Matthew:

“…with God, all things are possible.” Matthew19:26

An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. – Evangelli Gaudium 24, Pope Francis


In a time when sharing the Gospel and teaching the faith can be challenging and may seem fruitless, Christ calls you to an even deeper hope and trust. If you have been called to ministry, then God will provide all you need. Come to the St. John Bosco conference and be renewed in your hope as you spend three days being blessed by an amazing ministry team, dynamic presenters, and fellowship with those that share your passion for Christ and the Church.

Ways to Attend the Conference

1. Non-Track: This allows you to chose from any workshop in any track. This is the most flexible and allows you to get exactly what you need from the conference (doctrinal, methodological, spiritual, etc.). There is a specific set of workshops to accommodate non-track attendees, in what is called the “Open Track.” Open Track workshops are new every year. Non-Track participants can chose workshops from the Open Track or any of the other tracks.


2.  Certification Tracks: The St. John Bosco Conference offers a certification program to fulfill the need for a diocesan catechist certification (consult your diocese for approval). When a particular track is chosen, there are a predetermined set of workshops, which focus on topics pertinent to the chosen discipline and are staffed by speakers who are experts and have many years of experience in the field.


3.  Non-Certification Tracks: There are two tracks that have discipline specific workshops, but do not offer certification: “Catholic Schools” and “Come Follow Me.” The Office of Catechetics can provide a letter verifying that you attended the workshops if you need credit for continuing education.


Registration Information

Registration open!

Conference Pricing

Registration: Early Bird $250 (by April 8th); Regular $270 (after April 8th)
Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
(meals plan and housing charges still apply)
Meal Plan: $100
Housing: Private A/C $220; Shared A/C $145
Track Certification Fee: $20

Scope of Conference

4 days
More than 30 speakers and 70 talks from which to choose
Daily Mass and Confession
Eucharistic Adoration and Praise and Worship
Time to connect with others in the field

*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.

2017 Featured Speakers

Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, was ordained in the Diocese of Pueblo, in 1980. He was associate pastor at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. In 1985, he became administrator of Holy Rosary Parish and diocesan vice chancellor. In 1987, Bishop received his Licentiate degree in Canon Law, was appointed vocation director, and vicar for ministry formation. In 1990, he was named diocesan chancellor. In 1996, he was nominated an official of the Congregation for Clergy in Rome. In 2000, he was ordained to the episcopacy. In 2005, he helped found Wyoming Catholic College. Bishop is a member of the USCCB and serves on the Bishops’ Advisory Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation and Catholic Mutual Relief Society. He also serves on various local/national boards/committees.  Bishop Ricken will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.


Jim Beckman is a scholar in residence and professor of leadership and evangelization for the Augustine Institute in Denver. He has been involved with lay ministry and evangelization for more than 25 years. A 1987 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Jim has served in various roles of leadership in national, regional, and local youth and parish ministry ever since. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker with a great love for young people, and he has built solid and thriving youth ministry programs in several parishes over the years. He and his wife, Meg, live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with their five children, Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan, and Brian. He will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.


Dr. Scott Hahn, is the author or editor of over 40 books; his most recent titles include Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word. He holds the Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is also the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Hahn graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his master’s in divinity and received his PhD in theology from Marquette University. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville, Ohio, and have 6 children and 13 grandchildren.


Amy Roberts taught high school for 13 years and served as chair of the religion department for 10 years before accepting a teaching position with the Catechetics faculty of Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2011.She also assisted Aquinas College with catechist training and taught adult faith formation classes for the Diocese of Knoxville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. Amy is currently pursuing doctoral studies through the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne, and regularly speaks at in-services for teachers in Catholic schools. She will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.

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“Go, Rebuild My Church”

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