Young adults invited to seek beauty, find God at Saint John Summer Conference

A scene of Family Stations of the Cross through downtown Peoria at a previous Saint John Summer Conference. (Photo from

PRINCEVILLE — The Community of St. John is inviting young adults to spend time “Seeking Beauty . . . Finding God” at a summer conference that will be held from Thursday, May 18, to Sunday, May 21. It will take place on the community’s grounds at 11223 W. Legion Hall Road.

In addition to daily adoration and Mass, classes and group discussions, the conference will include Family Stations of the Cross through downtown Peoria, starting at St. Mary’s Cathedral and ending at Sacred Heart Church. Another highlight will be a candlelight eucharistic procession through the wooded property of the Community of St. John, ending with an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation and all-night adoration.

The speakers include Father Joseph Mary Brown, CSJ, superior of the community’s English-speaking novitiate house in Princeville; Father John Luke Stahr, CSJ, vocations director and master of studies for the novitiate; Father John Michael Paul, CSJ, who is completing nine years on the General Prior’s Council; and Sister Marie, CSJ, one of three Apostolic Sisters of St. John who helped to open a novitiate for English-speaking women in Princeville three years ago.

The summer conference seeks to help young adults, 18 to 35, deepen their union with Christ in the church, provide community and fellowship, provide “a powerful and beautiful witness to our faith” and see how beauty elevates the soul to God. At the same time, participants will get to experience the life of the members of the Community of St. John.

The cost is $85 for the whole conference or $25 per day. For more information or to register online, visit The website also has registration forms that may be downloaded and mailed in.

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