Young Franciscans (YouFra)

YouFra Greetings:
Welcome to Young Franciscans (YouFra), a young adult ministry to college students and young adults (18-39 years).  Our leadership team has spent the Fall organizing the Winter 2020-2021 outreach, keeping COVID-19 in mind.  We have purchased and upgraded equipment and technology to bring you a virtual outreach to assist in keeping you safe, healthy and holy.  We invite you to register online for any of our free virtual sessions.

Join the YouFra Roster:

Fill out the below information to be placed on the YouFra texting / email roster to receive the latest information or last minute updates.


Upcoming Events:  (Winter 2020-2021)

Winter 2020-2021 Schedule:  Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter
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André House Service Project  (Reservation Required)
Andr√© 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.‚ÄĚ (Matthew 25:35-36).¬† We will help prepare a serve dinner to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

Date:  Saturday, January 16, 2021
Time:  3:00 to 7:00 PM
Location:  André House / 213 S 11th Ave. / Phoenix, AZ 85007
Where to Gather:  We will gather at André House.
To Register: Andre House Service Project

Living Catholic Social Teaching
Be introduces to the history and basics of Catholic social teaching while highlighting new developments and how to apply this teaching to life today.¬† Gilbert Arvizu will facilitate this general overview of Catholic Social Teaching.¬† Gilbert works for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) which is a ‚Äúcommunity development corporation committed to building strong, healthy communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder and direct service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those we serve.‚ÄĚ

Date:  Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Living Catholic Social Teaching
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Virtual Hangout
Join us for a virtual young adult hangout to check-in with one another. How are you doing? What are your joys and challenges this last month? Who needs prayer? We’ll also spend the night playing some virtual games.

Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  YouFra Hangout
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

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, silence, and prayers of the faithful.  The service will last for 35 minutes and afterwards we will host a reception with food and drink for YouFra on the grounds of the Franciscan Renewal Center.  

Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Franciscan Renewal Center / 5802 E Lincoln Dr / Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Beyond Swiping and Hookups: Relationships in Young Adulthood
Hookups are often thought of as the most common way young adults engage in romantic encounters. However, studies that survey and have deeper discussions with young adults show that the vast majority are dissatisfied with hookup culture, but aren’t sure what the alternatives are. This talk will help set the stage for better understanding the pressures, choices, joys and anxieties that come with dating in today’s young adult context and concludes with a Catholic perspective on the problems and possibilities that come with relationships in the digital age.

Date:  Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Beyond Swiping and Hookups
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session. 

André House Service Project  (Reservation Required)
Andr√© 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.‚ÄĚ (Matthew 25:35-36).¬† We will help prepare a serve dinner to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

Date:  Saturday, February 20 2021
Time:  3:00 to 7:00 PM
Location:  André House / 213 S 11th Ave. / Phoenix, AZ 85007
Where to Gather:  We will gather at André House.
To Register: Andre House Service Project

Building Deep Friendship
Have you ever felt like making new, solid friends is way harder than it should be?  We certainly know the feeling.  And meeting friends who share our same values or faith can be even more difficult.  Join us as we explore discovering and building friendships.

Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
To Register:  Building Deep Friendship

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.