High School Ministry



High School Ministry - grades 9-12

Tiffany Topel-Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry

High School Ministry small groups create an environment that meets the spiritual, educational, social and emotional needs of today’s teens. Teens grow as a faith community, increasing in understanding of what it means to be young and Catholic in today’s world. Through the Mass and small groups with leader and peers, high school teens learn more about their Catholic faith and grow to love the Sacraments, the Word, and the Mass.  Life Teen follows the curriculum established by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

High School Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi

High School ministry is held Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm during the school year.  Small groups meet in school classrooms. We also have social and recreational activities that create a greater sense of community among our high school youth.  Additional opportunities to gather include Dead Theologians Society, Youth Mass (the last Sunday of every Month), and other opportunites to pray together, typically held on Monday evenings.

Dead Theologians Society

A world-wide organization, the Dead Theologians Society seeks to bring to life the stories of the saints through their motto "Dead to the World, Alive in Christ."  High School teens are invited to pray together in community and be inspired by the saints during local chapter meetings held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at St. Lawrence Church from 7-8 pm.  Our night includes snacks and social.  Learn more about the organization at http://www.deadtheologianssociety.com/

Steubenville Youth Conference (mid-late July)

Steubenville Conferences are held all over North America each Summer, engaging over 25,000 teens at 24 different weekend conferences. Through music, Eucharistic Adoration, inspirational Catholic speakers, and prayer, teens are given the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ and begin or deepen an intentional relationship with Him. To learn more about Steubenville Conferences or to register, contact Tiffany Topel.

Love Begins Here (mid June-late July)

Love Begins Here (LBH) is the local mission trip program run by the Diocese of Madison. Each week, teens from across the diocese gather at a parish for 6 days, serving the local community each day and living in community each night. Modeled on the life and teachings of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, LBH has completed over 60,000 hours of service in the Madison area since 2009. Check out the video below for a better idea of what happens at LBH.