Monday, July 14, 2014

Franciscan University Stuebenville to Host Encounter Milwaukee Conference


Franciscan University of Steubenville has become renowned for their dynamic youth and adult conferences and now is partnering with Arise Milwaukee to host a Steubenville Young Adult Conference called Encounter Milwaukee at the Archbishop Cousins Center! Arise is very excited about this opportunity to bring young adults from all parts of the region to this event.

 Encounter Milwaukee will be featuring some powerful speakers from their ministry team:

Ennie Hickman, a Catholic missionary, has traveled the United States and abroad for nearly two decades sharing Jesus Christ with all he comes in contact with. As a host of the summer conferences in Steubenville and as a missionary with Adore Ministries, Ennie has helped transform thousands of lives. Currently, Ennie is working to expand his apostolate to the under-served families and young adults in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Cana, and their six children.

Fr. Luke Strand was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2009. He was born and raised in Dousman, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh before entering St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. After three years of priestly service at Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac, WI, he now is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Fr. Luke also serves as the priest chaplain of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Newman Center, the Director of the JPII House of Discernment, the Advisor of College Seminarians, and chaplain of Arise Ministries. Fr. Luke is a regular speaker at youth and young adult events. 

Paul George is a husband, father, and follower of Jesus. A passionate believer and communicator of the Gospel, Paul has traveled the world proclaiming God’s love and freedom as a parish youth minister, diocesan director, author, and full-time evangelist. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas. Paul lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he directs the campus ministry program at University of Louisiana/Our Lady of Wisdom Parish and serves as a professor of theology at the Aquinas Institute on campus. Paul also co-founded and directs Adore Ministries, a nonprofit Catholic organization whose mission is to call all people to worship God with their entire lives. He and his wife have four children.

Paul Vogrinc is a worship leader, speaker and performer in the greater Chicagoland area. His debut album, Return to Grace (2008) is a transparent view into Paul’s deep spirituality and his passion for Christ. Return to Grace captures a sound that offers a joyous blend of Coldplay and G.K. Chesterton. Genre-obsessed fans have described Paul's anthemic melodies as "British-Pop meets The Vatican. His passion is pursuing God and his beautiful wife, Janell. He and Janell have two sons, John Paul and Leo Francis. 

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks nationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as emotional virtue, dating and relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. A graduate of Benedictine College, Sarah has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and has contributed to the Ascension Press DVD program Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation as well as Augustine Institute’s program YDisciple. She has other videos featured at, and she is also a team member at Sarah currently resides in Atchison, Kansas, with her husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, and their three young children, Thomas, Fulton, and Cate. 

Pete Burds- Ever since his reconversion to Catholicism through a high school youth ministry program, Pete Burds has used his five loaves and two fish for the sake of building the kingdom. Through storytelling, retreats, and leading worship, he has proclaimed the freedom found in Christ to thousands. He is a graduate of Franciscan University and is the campus minister at Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee. He also serves as the director of Evangelization for Arise Milwaukee, a parish mission-based evangelization effort. Pete is a wanna-be philosopher, has a mild obsession with the band Switchfoot, and because of Christ, finds himself living a life greater than he could have dreamed.

The Encounter Milwaukee Conference begins on Saturday November 8th and runs from 10AM to 10PM, with a Sunday Vigil Mass included. Registration opens on July 14th at

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