STEUBENVILLE, OH—The early bird registration deadline for four of Franciscan University’s Catholic summer conferences for adults has been extended until April 29, the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. The famous saint once said, “Do not be satisfied with little things, because God wants great things,” an attitude shared by many conference attendees seeking to do great things for God in their families, work, community, and Church.

The $20 to $25 discount applies to these adult summer conferences:

  • Power and Purpose Conference, June 10-12, will highlight the power of baptism, rebirth, and renewal through the theme “Awaken.” Speakers include Dave VanVickle, John Beaulieu, Michelle Benzinger, Debra Herbeck, Tom Mangan, Dr. Ralph Martin, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, Deacon Ralph Poyo, Bob Rice, and Father Matt Williams.
  • St. John Bosco Conference for Catechists and Religious Educators, July 18-21, will again offer training and certification in five tracks for religious educators under the theme “Receive the Father’s Mercy.” Speakers include Louisville Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz, DD, Mark Hart, Father Louis Molinelli, SDB, Dr. Janet E. Smith, and Scott Sollom.
  • Applied Biblical Studies, July 27-29, with the option to also attend Journey Through Scripture, July 26, will focus on deepening a love for and Catholic understanding of Scripture through the theme, “St. Luke—The Gospel of Mercy.” Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Detroit Bishop Michael Byrnes, Dr. William Bales, Dr. Michael Barber, Dr. John Bergsma, David Currie, Father Pablo Gadenz, Kimberly Hahn, Curtis Mitch, Dr. Brant Pitre, Bob Rice, Dr. Ted Sri, Dr. Robert Stackpole, and Dr. William Wright.
  • Defending the Faith, July 29-31, will boldly spread the unchanging truth of Jesus in today’s relativistic culture through the theme “Speaking the Truth in Love—Morals, Marriage, and Mercy.” Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop Michael Byrnes, Jeff Cavins, Kimberly Hahn, Allen Hunt, Dr. Andrew W. Jones, Patrick Madrid, Father Louis Merosne, Bob Rice, Father Michael Schmitz, Dr. Ted Sri, and Sherry Weddell.

The early bird price for Power and Purpose, Applied Biblical Studies, and Defending the Faith is $130, a $25 discount. The early bird price for the St. John Bosco Conference is $240, a $20 discount.

A generous private donor has made it possible for any seminarian to attend the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat, June 20-24, at no charge. The offer covers the cost of registration, and on-campus room and board, a $405 value. Any priest or deacon who invites and brings a priest or deacon who has never before attended this retreat will receive $100 off the registration fee, as will the new retreatant.

For information on all summer conferences and to register, visit or call 740-283-6315.

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