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 summer organizing the Fall 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.

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Upcoming Events:  (Fall 2020)

Download the Fall 2020 Schedule:  YouFra Fall 2020 Newsletter

Virtual Welcome Party
Shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, social distancing, avoid large gatherings; sports arenas, bars, theaters are closed. If you recently moved to Taylor Place at ASU it’s easy to experience loneliness and isolation. We invite you to our Virtual Welcome Party hosted by YouFra. A place to discover friendship and support in these times of COVID-19.  The evening will contain virtual games, trivia, community building activities and prizes (Kindle Fire Tablets, Wireless Bone Conduction headphones, ect…).

Date:  Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time:  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Virtual Welcome Party
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Prayer and Temperament (Part I):
Shelter-at-Home has forced us to spend all day with our families and college roommates.  In close quarters, we begin to notice their quirks and habits that can get on our nerves.  In this session, we will explore temperament and how to foster more effective relationships with others by recognizing and honoring our differences.  We’ll utilize the Keirsey Temperament Sorter to identify our personality preferences.

Date:  Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Prayer and Temperament (Part I)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Prayer and Temperament (Part II):
We will investigate the relationship between our temperament and different schools of prayer.  We will explore Thomistic, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Franciscan forms of Catholic spirituality.  We will experience how to utilize our inherent personalitiy strengths to enrich our prayer life and our relationship with God and others; especially as we spend more time at home during stay-at-home measures.

Date:  Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Prayer and Temperament (Part II)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Saturday Morning Retreat:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2691) speaks of places favorable for prayer and identifies the home with a “prayer corner” as such a place, referring to it as a “little oratory.”  A place to nourish continual prayer throughout the day; especially as we practice stay-at-home measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The Tradition of the Church also proposes to the faithful certain rhythms of praying intended to nourish continual prayer.  Together we will explore those prayers:  morning and evening prayer, grace before meals, etc…  Participants of the Saturday Morning Retreat will receive a Home Blessing Kit. 

Date:  Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time:  10:00 to 12:00 PM
Register Online:    Saturday Morning Retreat
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual retreat.

Eucharistic Adoration – Praise and Worship
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a time we Catholics (or anyone with a prayerful heart) take to worship the true God in the person of Jesus Christ who is really, truly present in the Eucharistic host.  We will offer our prayer and praise through music directed by Gordon Stevenson, music director at St. Mary’s Basilica.  This form of prayer utilizes the Augustinian school of prayer.

Date:  Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Eucharistic Adoration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual prayer service.

Habitat for Humanity Orientation 
Habitat for Humanity mission is to build homes for low-income and homeless families.  They seek to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.  You and your friends are being invited to join in this mission of God’s love and build a home.  A great way to experience the Franciscans school of prayer; praying with your hands and feet.  After the orientation we will be invited to volunteer on a local site once-a-month.  The activities of the day can vary and may including painting, dry-walling, framing, carpentry, roofing, site clean-up, and landscaping.  Instruction and tools are provided on site and no experience is necessary.  Not only will you help house a low-income family, you will learn some basic home-building and maintenance skills.

Date:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Habitat for Humanity
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. Prizes throughout the night will be awarded. This event is for all college students and young adults looking to develop friendships and support during COVID-19. 

Date:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Online Registration:  Virtual Hangout
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Courage:  Take up Your Mat and Walk
This empowering prayer experience, “Take Up Your Mat and Walk,” is based on Jesus’ cure of the paralytic (Mark 2:1-12).  It reminds us that if we have faith in Jesus, he will grace us with the courage to overcome that which immobilizes us.  He will bless us with the courage to move toward healthy choices, toward what is life-giving, toward what is essential to our convictions.

Date:  Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Courage – Take Up Your Mat and Walk
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

The Word of the Lord
The Bible can be like a good and trusted friend we take for granted.  We know the friend is loyal, always there to help us, and ready with worthwhile advice.  Nevertheless we might avoid going to the friend for various reasons. This session is meant to help you feel comfortable enough with the Bible that you will be able to approach its pages as you would a good friend.  This approach will utilizes the Thomistic school of prayer.

Date:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  The Word of the Lord
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Taize Prayer Service – with the Relic of the True Cross
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, reflection, followed by profound silence as we gaze upon, consider, contemplate, and imitate the crucified Christ on the cross in the tradition of St. Clare of Assisi.  Then ending with a blessing with the Relic of the True Cross.

Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Taize Prayer Service
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual prayer service.

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. Prizes throughout the night will be awarded. This event is for all college students and young adults looking to develop friendships and support during COVID-19. 

Date:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Virtual Hangout
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Loss:  Lord, If Only You Had Been Here!
This healing prayer experience, “Lord, If Only You Had Been Here!” is based on the pain and grief experienced by Mary, Martha, and Jesus at the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44).  It reminds us that Jesus, too, feels the anguish of loss, and he offers us his compassion and comfort in the midst of our suffering, no matter what its source.

Date:  Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Loss – Lord, If Only You Had Been Here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Feast of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego an Aztec Indian, December 12 of 1531.  Together we will explore why this celebration is especially important for Mexicans and the different elements of the celebration (dances, prayers, food, etc..).

Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Our Lady of Guadalupe 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual session.

Eucharistic Adoration – Praise and Worship
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a time we Catholics (or anyone with a prayerful heart) take to worship the true God in the person of Jesus Christ who is really, truly present in the Eucharistic host.  We will offer our prayer and praise through music directed by Gordon Stevenson, music director at St. Mary’s Basilica.

Date:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Register Online:  Eucharistic Adoration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual prayer service.

Young Adult Mass:

Young Adult Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica
Young Franciscans (YouFra) will gather every Saturday at 5 PM at St. Mary’s Basilica for Mass.  During COVID-19 restrictions Mass will be a simple liturgy (no singing & short homily).  Reception for ASU students and young adults in the outdoor plaza to follow Mass.

Date:  Starting August, 29, 2020
Time:  5:00 to 5:45 PM
Mass Safety Guidelines:  Mass Safety Guidelines
Notes:  Weekly reception for ASU students and young adults will follow Mass, featuring a variety of refreshing delights in the outdoor plaza.

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.