Franciscan Young Adults (YouFra)

Who are Young Adults?
Young adulthood refers to people in their late teens, twenties, and thirties; single, married, divorced, or widowed; and with or without children.

What is Young Adult Ministry?
Young Adult Ministry is to, with, by and for young adults and strives to develop and implement the following five goals of young adult ministry.

Goal 1:  Connecting Young Adults with Jesus Christ.
Goal 2:  Connecting Young Adults with the Church.
Goal 3:  Connecting Young Adults with the Mission of the Church in the World.
Goal 4:  Connecting Young Adults with a Peer Community.
Goal 5:  Connect Young Adults with the Franciscan Intellectual and Spiritual Tradition.

What is the name of our outreach?

Our Young Adult Ministry is called YouFra, which is an inverted acronym for Franciscan Young Adults.  It refers to a group of young adults who feel called to follow Christ in the example of St. Francis of Assisi.

Our Pastoral Plan:
In the summer of 2018 the Franciscan Friars, the Secular Franciscans, and St. Mary’s Basilica desired to hear our young adults life stories, their reason for disaffiliating from the Church, their needs, struggles, and joys in their own words – directly, candidly, and without filter.  Out of this conversation a three year pastoral plan was developed to assist young adults in their personal and spiritual faith journey.  You can view this plan by clicking on the following link:  Franciscan Young Adult (YouFra) Pastoral Plan

Upcoming Franciscan Nights:  (Fall 2018)

Welcome BBQ in the Friar’s Sacred Garden
All young adults and college students are invited to our kick-off BBQ to welcome the new school year.
Date:
  Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Friar’s Sacred Garden – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Welcome BBQ

Prayer and Temperament
Different prayer forms for different personality types.
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Prayer and Temperament

The Word of the Lord
Discover what kinds of truth the Bible contains and learn how to “hear” the Bible speaking to our hearts and minds.
Date:  Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  The Word of the Lord

Lucky Strike and Catholic Trivia
Join our Franciscan Young Adults (YouFra) for a game of bowling, appetizers, and Catholic trivia.
Date:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Lucky Strike and Trivia Night

Guided Meditation: Come Down from the Tree
This freeing prayer experience, “Come Down from the Tree,” is based on Jesus’ gift of salvation given to Zacchaeus.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Salvation: Come Down from the Tree

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)
Reading and praying with scripture that leads to action.
Date:
  Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Lectio Divina

Movie Night:  The Sultan and the Saint
“The Sultan and the Saint” is the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt and how they bucked a century of war in search for peace.
Date:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  The Sultan and the Saint

From Worship to World:  Sent forth as the Body of Christ
Nourished at the Eucharistic table we are commissioned to go forth and become Christ for others.
Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  From Worship to World

Taize Prayer Service
A Sacred Space for Prayer to Nourish the Soul.
Date:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Taize Prayer Service

Saintly Sinners
Flawed but faithful models of holiness.
Date:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Saintly Sinners

No Session (Halloween)
Date:  Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Examen of Consciousness
Finding God in all things.
Date: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Examination of Conscious

The Act of Forgiveness
Learning to forgive in an active, healthy way by moving through a five step process that renounces vengeance and retaliation.
Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Learning to Forgive

No Session (Thanksgiving Break)
Date:  Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Advent Wreath Workshop
Prepare to celebrate Advent by designing and crafting your own Evergreen Advent Wreath followed by a blessing service.
Date:
  Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:  6:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Advent Wreath Workshop

In Search of the Real Mary
We will explore Mary as a Jewish woman, Mary as a peasant woman, Mary as a woman of faith, and Mary as the Mother of God.
Date:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  In Search of the Real Mary

Caroling with the Sick and Homebound
Come and share Christmas joy with our home-bound parishioners through beloved songs of the season.
Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:  Social Hall – St. Mary’s Basilica
Informational Flyer:  Caroling with the Sick and Homebound

No Session (Christmas Break)
Date:  Wednesday, December 19, 2018

No Session (Christmas Break)
Date:  Wednesday, December 26, 2018

For More Information:

YouFra Spiritual Assistant &
Director of Faith Development

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

To be put on our Young Adult Roster email Br. Scott with your name, address, phone number and email address.