Franciscan Young Adults (YouFra)

Our Young Adult Ministry is called YouFra, which is an inverted acronym for Franciscan Young Adults.  YouFra is a fellowship of young people who feel called by the Holy Spirit to make, in fraternity, an experience of Christian life, in the light of the message of St. Francis of Assisi, and to deepen their understanding of their personal vocation.  Our outreach is directed towards college students and young adults.  Young adulthood refers to people in their late teens, twenties, and thirties; single, married, divorced, or widowed; and with or without children.

Upcoming Events:  (Fall 2019)

Welcome BBQ and Trivia Night
Are you hungry?  Can you smell the burgers and hot dogs (vegetarian ones too)? Are you thirsty for an ice cold soda on a hot Phoenix summer night?  New to town?  Looking to make friends?  Curious about the Franciscan Friars and Young Franciscans (YouFra)?  Then join us for our 2nd annual Welcome BBQ.  This year we’ve added door prizes and some Catholic trivia to win a variety of prizes (AMC Movie Gift Cards, Amazon Fire HD Tablets, etc…)

Date:
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 
7:00 to 8:30 PM / Prizes at 8 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Basilica – Social Hall


Upcoming Franciscan Nights:  (Fall 2019)

Prayer and Temperament – Part I
Learn how to utilize your inherent personality strengths to take advantage of different prayer forms to enrich your prayer life and your relationship with the Holy Trinity and others.  We will explore Franciscan, Ignatius, Thomistic and Augustine Catholic Spiritualities.

Date:
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time:  
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Basilica – Social Hall

Prayer and Temperament – Part II
Learn how to utilize your inherent personality strengths to take advantage of different prayer forms to enrich your prayer life and your relationship with the Holy Trinity and others.  We will explore Franciscan, Ignatius, Thomistic and Augustine Catholic Spiritualities.

Date:
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time:  
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Basilica – Social Hall

Taize Prayer Service
Taize is just an elegantly simple service: short song chants, often in Latin, repeated over and over in the candle lite dark of the Church. Then a short Scripture reading followed by profund silence as we gaze upon, consider, contemplate, and imitate the crucified Christ on the cross.

Date:
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time:  
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Social Hall

Places in a Catholic Church
God is in many places, but he dwells in a special way in our local churches that “exists solely for the good of souls”  Join us as we tour St. Mary’s Basilica and explore some key symbols and objects found within the Church, including the bell towers not open to the general public.

Date:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time:  
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Social Hall

Keeping a Healthy Balance on Social Media
Most people probably have a love-hate relationship with social media.  It’s a good tool, but arguably one of the biggest hurdles for Catholics.  Together will explore ways to balance our desire for detachment from social media and our desire to connect with others through social media.  Will also look at how social media can be a tool for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Social Hall

No Session on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Canceled for Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi.

Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi
From the earliest days of the Franciscan Order, the followers of St. Francis have gathered on the anniversary of his death to celebrate his transitus, that is, St. Francis’ passage from earthly life into everlasting life.  It’s a reminder that our earthly goal is to be united one day with God in heaven.

Date:
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location:
St. Mary’s Social Hall

For More Information:

YouFra Spiritual Assistant &
Director of Faith Development

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

YouFra is an official Arizona State University Student Organization.  To be placed on the YouFra Membership Roster please email Br. Scott with your name, address, phone number and email address.  You will receive a weekly text message of upcoming events.