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 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:

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Upcoming Events:  (Winter 2020)

Advent Naming: Scriptural Guided Meditation
This empowering prayer experience is based on the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary that she would bear the Son of the Most High, and on the Visitation between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, both of whom were pregnant (Luke 1:26-45). It reminds us that we need to remember that each of us is named in a unique and special way by God’s call in our life.

Date:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Advent Naming
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Phoenix Zoo Lights
Experience millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and the Music-in-Motion Light Show on the main lake, choreographed to the epic music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  This has become an annual outing for YouFra.  Dress warmly, wear a mask, practice social-distancing and together we can enjoy the Valley’s most cherished outdoor Christmas tradition.

Date:  Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $20.00 at the Gate or purchase tickets online at Phoenix Zoo Lights
Location:  Phoenix Zoo / 455 North Galvin Parkway / Phoenix, AZ 85008
Where to Gather:  We will gather at the Phoenix Zoo’s Main Entrance.
If you are Running Late to the Gate:  Call 602-354-2082 to find us at the Zoo.

André House Service Project  (Reservation Required)
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 a serve dinner to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2020
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

Epiphany from Ordinary to Extraordinary
While the hustle and bustle of Christmas ends for many people on Dec. 26, for Christian Christmas lasts for twelve days. The feast marking the end of Christmas is “Epiphany.” Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God to the three wise men. During the session we’ll also reflect on our own personal Epiphanies. You will be invited to pick-up before or after this session “Blessed Chalk” for the traditional “Epiphany Home Blessing.” Very Rev. Michael Weldon, OFM, D.Min, Rector of St. Mary’s Basilica, will be our presenter.

Date:  Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Epiphany from Ordinary to Extraordinary
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session. 

André House Service Project  (Reservation Required)
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 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 “community 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.”

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.

Habitat for Humanity
To many residents in Central Arizona do not have simple, decent affordable place to live.  Habitat for Humanity mission is to help build homes for low-income families.  They seek to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.  You are your friends are being invited to join in this mission of God’s love and build a home.  Instruction and tools are provided on site and no experience is necessary.  

Date:  Saturday, January 23, 2021
Time:  7:00 to 1:00 PM
Register Online:  Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer Instructions:  Volunteer Instructional Packet
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)
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 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.