Young Franciscans (YouFra)

YouFra Greetings:
Welcome to Young Franciscans (YouFra), a young adult ministry to college students and young adults (18-39 years).  A place to discover community, prayer and service in the Franciscan tradition. Please join us for one or all of our events.

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Upcoming Events:  (Winter 2021 – 2022)

André House Service Project
André House is dedicated to serving Jesus through others, as challenged in the Gospel, “…I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36).  We will help prepare and serve dinner for homeless individuals and families.

Date:  Saturday, January 15, 2022
Time:  3:30 to 7:00 PM
Location:  We will gather at the André House at 213 S 11th Ave / Phoenix
Sign-Up Required:  André House Sign-Up

World Youth Day – Orientation (Zoom Session Only)
The next international World Youth Day takes place from Tuesday to Sunday, August 1 to 6, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal with millions of people and the Holy Father.  The international festival of faith in Portugal will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with young people from every continent to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith.  Join YouFra to learn about World Youth Day and to gage interest in planning a young adult pilgrimage to Portugal.  We will review the potential itinerary, cost, travel arrangements, and fundraising options.

Date:  Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica
Event Type:  Zoom Session (Click to register for zoom link)
Invitational Video: World Youth Day – Lisbon, Portugal

Spiritual Direction and Companionship 
Spiritual direction is a “gathering together” of two in the name of Jesus, the spiritual director and the directee, to help a person to develop a closer relationship with God and to better discern how the Holy Spirit is leading in their life.  Cathy Olds, Coordinator of Spiritual Direction Ministry at the Franciscan Renewal Center, will orientate us on this ancient practice in the Church and how spiritual direction can assist young adults in the art of discernment.  Come with your questions and learn how to connect with a spiritual director at the Franciscan Renewal Center. 

Date:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica
Event Type:  In-Person and Zoom Session

Traits of a Successful Relationship / Marriage
We welcome back Dr. Maureen Day, Ph.D. to YouFra.  Dr. Maureen Day, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Research in Apostolate at Georgetown University.  Especially drawn to young adult ministry, she is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. She recently contributed a chapter to the book, Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: Theological and Pastoral Reflections on Amoris Laetitia titled “Preparing Couples for Marriage” published by Paulist Press.  Dr. Day will reflect on the qualities needed for a successful dating relationship and marriage from a Catholic perspective based on research.

Date:  Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time:  7:00 PM
Zoom Session Only:  Traits of a Successful Relationship / Marriage

André House Service Project
André House is dedicated to serving Jesus through others, as challenged in the Gospel, “…I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36).  We will help prepare and serve dinner for homeless individuals and families.

Date:  Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time:  3:30 to 7:00 PM
Location:  We will gather at the André House at 213 S 11th Ave / Phoenix
Sign-Up Required:  André House Sign-Up

Laudato Si – Care for our Common Home
Caring for our brothers and sisters means caring for the home we share. This responsibility is “essential to a life of virtue” (LS 217).  Join us as we engage in an overview of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si.  Together will explore how we can profoundly care for each others, our Creator, and all creation as we build a better future together.  Our guest presenter will be, Mercedes Matthews, who has been working with our Franciscan organizations since 2015, including earning her Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the Franciscan School of Theology. Currently she is the program coordinator for Laudato Si Spirit: Collaboration for Action in the West, an integral ecology initiative of the Saint Barbara Province. 

Date:  Wednesday, February 23, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica
Event Type:  In-Person

For More Information:


YouFra S
piritual Assistant
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
Phone:  602-354-2082
Email:  sslattum@smbphx.org


What is YouFra?
Young Franciscans (YouFra) is a fellowship of young adults in the United States who feel called by the Holy Spirit to make, in community, an experience of Christian life, in light of the message of St. Francis of Assisi, and to deepen their understanding of their personal vocation.