Through the Youth Ministry Program at St. Francis de Sales, teens have the opportunity to attend a variety of retreats to help them strengthen their relationship with Christ, build new friendships with their peers, and further develop their personal faith. Many retreat opportunities are offered throughout the year. For further information on any of our retreats, please contact Pam Lynch at 847-726-4862 or Cathy Chiarelli at 847- 726-4842.

Important: No medication may be administered at Youth Ministry Events unless both the student's physician and parent/guardian complete, sign, and return the Medical Authorization Form to the Youth Ministry Office.

Castle Retreat

A retreat experience is required in preparation of the teen’s Confirmation. This Castle Retreat is led by the Peer Ministers and Adult Youth Ministry Team. Teens leave by 5 p.m. on Friday with dismissal at 2 p.m. Sunday after the 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis de Sales. Upcoming Castle Retreats include: To Be Scheduled

Kairos Retreat


Kairos is open to all high school juniors and seniors. Retreatants do not need to be parishioners or practicing Catholics to attend Kairos. This retreat offers teens the opportunity to learn more about themselves, others, and God. Talk to a teen or adult from the Kairos team if you have any questions.

Steubenville Youth Conference

2019 Steubenville Youth Conference // ST LOUIS MID-AMERICA WEEK 1
Missouri State University in Springfield, MO

Each year, St. Francis de Sales Youth Ministry participates in the Steubenville Youth Conference. This three-day conference features music, fellowship, talks, Mass, worship, workshops and much more. Approximately 2,000 teens from across the nation attend the conference to deepen their faith. It is a powerful celebration of the Lord with a strong focus on Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments. The Steubenville Youth Conference is open to all high school and college students. For more information and links to talks given on the Steubenville Youth Conference, visit (PS - we were week 1)