Youth Ministry Minor Program Overview

Franciscan University of Steubenville has had an incredible impact on Catholic youth ministry in North America through summer conferences, certificate training, collaboration with national organizations, and most importantly by sending dynamic alumni out into the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with youth and young adults. The Youth Ministry Minor was created to help students who wish to enter this important field. It includes courses in understanding how to proclaim the Gospel Message, how to pass on the faith (catechetics), how to enculturate the message into youth culture, and specific practical skills necessary to be successful in ministry.

CAT 311 Foundations of Catholic Youth Ministry is co-taught by Dr. Bob Rice and Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, and features videos from leading figures in youth and young adult ministry from around the country, including Mark Hart and Joel Stepanic from Life Teen, Dr. Kristin Witte, Jim Beckman, and others. Students who receive a B or higher in the class receive a Certificate in Youth Ministry Training.

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View the Youth Ministry Minor in the Undergraduate Catalog

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Be an Active Catholic Catechist

As a catechetics major, you can spread your passion for the Catholic Church and its teachings — both on the Steubenville, Ohio, campus and off. Get involved in Franciscan University’s small faith communities, pro-life and mission work, youth evangelization and retreat ministry, Catholic music ministry, liturgical service, and Franciscan intramural and intercollegiate athletics.

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Theological Pursuits

Dr. Michael Sirilla MA Theology

Department Faculty
Dr. Donald Asci

Dr. Donald Asci

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Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma

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Professor Ron Bolster

Professor Ron Bolster

Assistant Professor

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Fr. Donald Frinsko

Fr. Donald Frinsko, TOR

Instructor

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn

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Dr. Stephen Hildebrand

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Dr. Andrew Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Br. Daniel Kilmek

Br. Daniel Kilmek, TOR

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Regis Martin

Dr. Regis Martin

Professor

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Fr Rupert Mayer

Fr. Rupert Mayer, OP

Visiting Assistant Professor
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