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Hundreds of teens expected in Spokane for Steubenville Northwest Youth Conference

the Inland Register

(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Singer/songwriter Ben Walther will be one of the featured artists at this year’s Steubenville Northwest Youth Conference. (IR photo courtesy of Steubenville Northwest)

From July 26-28, 2013, the Spokane Convention Center will draw hundreds of teens – not for a concert or an athletic event, but to grow in the joy of their Catholic faith.

Under the theme “Chosen,” the Steubenville Northwest Youth Conference will lead teens into a dynamic weekend of prayer, music, preaching, and the sacraments.

Sam, who attended last year’s summer conference, said the Lord touched his life when he was struggling to answer the question, “Does God really exist?” During Mass and prayer time at the conference, Sam said, “I heard the Lord really speak to me – not through words, but through my heart. Life had a new perspective.”

Offered annually in the Diocese of Spokane since 2008, Steubenville Northwest is sponsored by Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and Spiritus Ministries Northwest in Olympia.

“Personal relationships with Jesus Christ are begun or renewed with more intensity and forgiveness during the conference,” said Bob Falkner, conference coordinator and head of Spiritus Ministries Northwest. The sacrament of reconciliation gives teens “a chance to start anew in the healing process,” he said.

This year’s Steubenville Northwest Conference will feature a ministry team led by host Ennie Hickman, a full-time evangelist and member of Adore Ministries, which ministers to underserved families and young adults in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his wife and their six children.

Worship throughout the weekend will be provided by Adore Ministries’ popular singer and worship leader Ben Walther. Sharing the message that “there is always hope for redemption,” Walther has been making music for more than 15 years, and has a new EP releasing soon.

Jackie Francois, singer, songwriter, and a host on’s webcast “The Commons,” will speak at the conference. Her ministry takes her around the globe, using humor, prayer, and song to “remind people of Heaven in the busyness of everyday life.”

Another speaker, Father Michael Schmitz, is director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, Minn. He preaches to youth across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ for saints to be raised up in the Church.

Cooper Ray is a rising speaker and contemporary Christian musician who recently released his first solo album, Wake the Dawn.

Conference participants will attend Mass and experience Christ in Eucharistic adoration. There will also be multiple opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

To find out more about Steubenville Northwest, visit the web site – – or contact Bob Falkner at or

For information about all 18 youth conferences offered nationwide this summer, including Steubenville Northwest, visit

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