Our Encounter Young Adult Conference in St. Louis is only a month away! Still not sold on why you should be there? Allow us to convince you…

1. Jesus will be there.

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Come on, guys – this should really be the only reason you need. Above all, this conference is meant to help you encounter Jesus Christ in a new and more profound way – whether it’s in the sacraments, in the sessions, or in the people you’ll meet. Get excited!

2. We have a ridiculously inspiring speaking team.

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Chris Stefanick, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Mary Bielski, Matt Fradd, Katie Hartfiel… Our speaking team is pretty hard to beat.

3. The music will be awesome.

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The super cool, super talented Josh Blakesley is going to be leading us in worship for the weekend. He just released a new album, Even in Thischeck it out on iTunes!

4. You’ll get to make lots of new friends.

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It’s common for young adults to feel isolated, because many don’t have the support of a strong Catholic community. At Encounter St. Louis, you’ll get the chance to be around hundreds of other young Catholics for an entire weekend, and hopefully make some meaningful friendships that will continue once you’re back at home.

5. We all need a break from our busy lives sometimes.

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When was the last time you went on a retreat? It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and forget about our relationship with God – our first priority. Encounter St. Louis is a time to take a break from the chaos and reconnect with the most important Person in your life, so you can return home refreshed and renewed.

6. Reignite your fire for sharing Christ with the world.

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We can get beaten down by everything that’s going wrong in the world, and become discouraged rather than empowered to evangelize. Encounter St. Louis will give you a chance to see what is going right in the world; you’ll be able to see how the Church is flourishing and to re-experience the joy that only comes from Christ. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will send you away from this weekend ready to share the Good News with everyone you encounter afterward.

7. Pope Francis would want you to.

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“Only an encounter with Christ can change human hearts and human history.” Pope Francis said that. He is constantly reminding us that an encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ is something that changes everything. We are on a mission to share Christ with others and help other people have that life-changing encounter with Him. This is why this conference exists.

You can read more about what Pope Francis has to say on this subject in his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).

8. It’s a conference just for you.

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Young adults are often an overlooked demographic in the Church; they don’t fit in with the older people in their parishes, but they’re too old for youth groups. Encounter St. Louis is an answer to this need for a greater outreach to young adults. Every aspect of the conference is tailored to your life; we want to meet you where you are. If you’re in college, living the post-graduate life, single, married, discerning a religious vocation, or anywhere in between, Encounter St. Louis is for you. Enjoy!

9. The promo video is really cool.

Seriously. Just watch it.

10. Why not?

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Just go for it! What is there to lose, really?

Encounter St. Louis will take place on May 29-31, 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. For more information or to register, visit the official website at encounterstl.com. We hope to see you there!