Leaders Inspired to Evangelize (LITE)
What?: LITE focuses on leadership development. Inspiring youth to evangelize is the heart of the LITE experience. Centered on the Eucharist, teens are called and empowered to be disciples of Christ and to share that call with their peers.
Who?: Catholic youth entering grades 10-12.
When?: The dates for this year will be July 10-11, 2020. (Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus and social distancing guidelines, the Archdiocese has changed the format from a 4 day overnight conference to two individual days with no overnight stay.)
Where?: The location will be at the Pope Francis Center in Landover Hills, MD. If we are not able to gather in person, the leadership experience will move to an online conference.
Based on relational/interactive youth ministry principles, LITE forms youth through peer-led interactive learning experiences, presentations, and small groups.
If interested, please contact Linda Kueter or Fr. Keith or submit the form below and we'll reach out to you.
Parish may nominate two students and registration is due by June 10, 2020.
LITE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Please note updates to this information noted above)
What is LITE? LITE is a four-day/three-night 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, and after consultation with their sponsor/parent and LITE staff, will a participant be allowed to leave.
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
Where is LITE held and how do I reach someone in the event of an Emergency? LITE is held at Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat Center, 15523 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152. The retreat center main number is: 410-666-2400. Parents will receive the LITE Coordinator’s cell phone in advance.
Can dietary accommodations be made? Yes, some dietary accommodations can be made for the participants.
What is the LITE schedule? Participants arrive on Monday, July 6, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. LITE begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. The closing Mass will take place on Thursday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch. Youth Ministers and parents are invited to join us for the closing Mass and lunch. Participants will be dismissed immediately following lunch.