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:  (Fall 2022 – 2023)

FREE Taco Kick-Off
We invite you to our Kick-Off Event for the Fall.  Rekindle old friendships, discover new friendships, and learn how YouFra can support you on this journey of faith called life.  What better way to start the new academic year then catered street tacos with trivia night games and prizes (Fire Tablet, Target Gift Card, Starbucks Gift Card, etc…).  We will begin the night with Evening Prayer.

Date:  Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time:  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica – Social Hall
Sign-Up Required:  FREE Taco Kick-Off

Drinking with the Saints – The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
You are invited into the Friary (monastery) of St. Mary’s Basilica for a Holy Happy Hour.  The Friars will be mixing several cocktails (alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks) associated with the saints portrayed in the stained glass windows of St. Mary’s.  Hear their faith stories and the faith stories of our Franciscan friars. Along the way get to know other young adults in this laid back evening of socializing, drinks and food.

Date:  Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Friary of St. Mary’s Basilica – 231 N 3rd Street / PHX, AZ

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, September 17, 2022
Time:  3:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: We will gather at André House at 213 S 11th Ave / PHX, AZ
Sign-Up Required:  André House Service Project

Stories of Homelessness with André House
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). Learn the history and story of Andre House and their outreach to the homeless community.  Hear testimonies from volunteers and men and women experiencing homelessness.  Afterwards, you’ll be invited to volunteer with them on a Saturday evening.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Diocesan Pastoral Center – Room 104

Stories of a Generation – Love
During one of his daily prayer sessions, Pope Francis received an inspiration: to shine a light on the vital role of grandparents and other elders.  Out of this inspiration the book Sharing the Wisdom of Time was created by Pope Francis and Friends.  It is a collection of stories about elders from around the world.  Elders share their wisdom carved from lifetimes of experiences.  Every story is a testament to the power of faith, perseverance, human resilience, and love offered to young people. 

The book became the inspiration for the Netflix’s 4 part docuseries called, Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis.  Join us for the viewing of the segment called Love.  An elder from our own local community will share their story on Love, too.  A copy of the book will be raffled off.

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  To Be Announced

Liturgy of the Hours
The Liturgy of the Hours is an ancient, structured way of praying Scripture throughout the day.  Its purpose is to sanctify the day. It does this by bathing the morning, afternoon, and evening in prayer, so that “the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God.”  Join us as we explore the Liturgy of the Hours and spend the evening in prayer utilizing the Divine Office.  Followed by a reception on the veranda of St. Mary’s Basilica.

Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica – Side Chapel

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, October 22, 2022
Time:  3:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: We will gather at André House at 213 S 11th Ave / PHX, AZ
Sign-Up Required:  André House Service Project

Huss Brewery – Downtown PHX
Join us for a relaxed evening of drinks, starters, music and board games at Huss Brewery, across the street from St. Mary’s Basilica.  They are located at 225 E Monroe Street / Phoenix, AZ.  Bring $15 to spend.

Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: 225 E Monroe Street / PHX, AZ

Stories of a Generation – Dream
During one of his daily prayer sessions, Pope Francis received an inspiration: to shine a light on the vital role of grandparents and other elders.  Out of this inspiration the book Sharing the Wisdom of Time was created by Pope Francis and Friends.  It is a collection of stories about elders from around the world.  Elders share their wisdom carved from lifetimes of experiences.  Every story is a testament to the power of faith, perseverance, human resilience, and love offered to young people. 

The book became the inspiration for the Netflix’s 4 part docuseries called, Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis.  Join us for the viewing of the segment called Dream.  An elder from our own local community will share their story on Dreaming, too.  A copy of the book will be raffled off.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  To Be Announced

Dia de los Muertos Festival
St. Mary’s Basilica is hosting the ninth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival, which celebrates the art of life, faith, and remembrance in Downtown Phoenix.  This family-friendly celebration gather over 10,000 participants and is free to the public.  A donation of non-perishable food is suggested, which benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.  Experience the sights and sounds of catrinas, mariachi, ballet folklorico, a local artisan market, free kids’ activities, car show, food trucks, live entertainment by Carmela Y Mas, and visit the ofrendas (altars); all to honor our loved ones.

Date:  Sunday, November 6, 2023
Time:  11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location:  Outdoor Plaza, St. Mary’s Basilica
Note:  Attend the 11:30 AM Mass of Remembrance with YouFra and then participate in the Festival.

Eucharistic Adoration:  Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition
Join us for an evening of Eucharist Adoration with the Sacrament of Reconciliation made available during the Holy Hour.  We will utilize St. Clare of Assisi’s method of adoring Christ in the Eucharist:  Gaze, Consider, Contemplate and Imitate.  Followed by a reception on the veranda of St. Mary’s Basilica.  A copy of the book, Eucharistic Adoration: Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition will be raffled off.

Date:  Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  St. Mary’s Basilica – Side Chapel

Tour of St. Vincent de Paul Society – Watkins Main Campus
There are a lot of needs to serve in the Phoenix area, and sometimes the full magnitude can gets lost on us. In order to better educate, we will tour St. Vincent de Paul Society of Phoenix’s main campus, at 420 W. Watkins Rd. Their parking lot is located at 2120 S. Third Drive. We’ll walk through the campus and see the nuts and bolts behind our favorite non-profit (or soon to be).  Located on the main campus is a food bank, kitchen, family dining room, clinic, urban farm and administrative offices. Ozanam Manor, their shelter for people over 50 or with disabilities is across the street.

Date:  To be Announced
Time:  To be Announced
Location:  St. Vincent de Paul’s Watkins Campus – 420 W. Watkins Rd / PHX, AZ

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, November 19, 2022
Time:  3:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: We will gather at André House at 213 S 11th Ave / PHX, AZ
Sign-Up Required:  André House Service Project

Stories of a Generation – Struggle
During one of his daily prayer sessions, Pope Francis received an inspiration: to shine a light on the vital role of grandparents and other elders.  Out of this inspiration the book Sharing the Wisdom of Time was created by Pope Francis and Friends.  It is a collection of stories about elders from around the world.  Elders share their wisdom carved from lifetimes of experiences.  Every story is a testament to the power of faith, perseverance, human resilience, and love offered to young people. 

The book became the inspiration for the Netflix’s 4 part docuseries called, Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis.  Join us for the viewing of the segment called Struggle.  An elder from our own local community will share their story on Struggle, too.  A copy of the book will be raffled off.

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  To Be Announced

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.