LITE Conference

L.I.T.E. Conference 2021

Leaders Inspired to Evangelize (LITE)

July 6-9th, 2021
O’Dwyer Retreat House
15523 York Road, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152

What?: LITE is a 4 day/3 night conference that focuses evangelization and leadership development. Based on relational/interactive youth ministry principles, LITE forms youth through peer-led interactive learning experiences, presentations, and small groups.

Who?: Catholic youth entering grades 10-12.

When?: The dates for this year will be July 6-9, 2021.

Where?: The location will be at the O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks Glencoe, MD.


If interested, please contact Linda Kueter or Fr. Keith or submit the form below and we'll reach out to you. Our parish may send three students and priority registration is due by May 25, 2021.

LITE website

LITE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (More info on the website link above also)

What is LITE? LITE is a conference designed to help young people become leaders and evangelizers in parish and/or school ministry programs.

Who should attend? LITE is for Catholic teens who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in fall. Participants need a level of maturity to be away from home, live as part of a faith filled community, eagerness to participate in and celebrate the sacraments, and have the ability to listen to others and work in groups.

Do teens need to bring a chaperone? While we do not require a chaperone, we welcome parish chaperones to help with our ratio of youth to adults.

Who staffs LITE? LITE is staffed by a talented group of Archdiocesan youth ministry adult leaders and youth peer leaders who participated in previous LITE retreats and are active in their parish, school, or scout youth ministry programs. All staff members are trained and screened according to the Archdiocese of Washington's Child Protection Policies.

How does LITE help our parish? By equipping your young people to be evangelizers in the 21st century, teens come back to their parish/campus ministries having deepened their relationship with Christ and ready to bring others. It helps to form parish youth as disciples first, allowing them to continue as parish/school peer leaders.

What are the participant expectations? Participants must stay throughout the duration of the program, that is they are expected to arrive and leave at the designated times only in case of an emergency/extenuating circumstances.

What will participants learn at LITE? ● How to witness to their personal faith ● How to evangelize using the latest technology ● How to effectively spread the gospel to their peers ● How to develop prayer habits ● How to lead others in prayer

I am interested!