Leading Teans Closer to Christ


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St. Patrick Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered Catholic program for high school teens. By sharing the teachings of our Church and facilitating powerful encounters with Christ, we help teenagers grow in knowledge of our faith, while transforming their hearts to help them passionately live out the gospel by serving and loving one another. Through fellowship and open and honest discussion, we grow closer to one another and Christ, knowing that we walk this journey together. Learn more about Life Teen International (started here in Arizona!)

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About the LIFETEEN

Life Teen is a comprehensive youth ministry program with a strong focus on the Eucharist. Despite its phenomenal growth, it has never deviated from what it set out to be – a parish-based Catholic-centered ministry for all high school teens. The goal of Life Teen is to create an environment to lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. It speaks to teens on all levels: emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.

The evening begins with a Mass directed specifically towards teens, which is followed immediately by the Life Night, which falls under one of three categories: catechetical, issue, or social. The primary objective is to encourage teens to realize a deeper relationship with Christ and to challenge them to live their faith as they carry out their daily lives. Teens experience this sharing in an atmosphere of love and acceptance from their peers and the adult leaders who are there to assist them in their journey.

In order for Life Teen to achieve its full potential, the full support of St. Patrick is essential. The youth minister works closely with the priest and initiates, organizes, and oversees the program among a Core Team of trained adult leaders, parish leadership, and the parish community.

The Life Teen Core Team is made up of adults who are 20 years old and older. Each Core Member is charged to reach out to teens on both an individual basis and as a member of the of the Core Team. Core Members assist with all Life Nights and retreats.

Special Events

Frosh/Soph Retreat Coming August 28 1-8pm

Join us for Frosh/Soph Retreat on Sunday August 28th from 1-8PM. The day includes meals, snacks, Mass, games and more! Start your Life Teen year by meeting tons of people.

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Fall 2022 Schedule

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Contact Us

High School Formation Team

Thomas Bestul
Coordinator of EDGE and Young Adult Ministries
ext. 206

Sharon Fabyanic
Coordinator of EDGE and Life Teen
ext. 204

Laura Whitney
Assistant Coordinator of EDGE and Life Teen
ext. 205

We would love to pray for you. Submit a prayer request and the Youth Ministry Team will bring your intentions before the Blessed Sacrament each week.

Core Team

Thomas Bestul
Coordinator of EDGE and Young Adult Ministries

Nicole Fornabaio
Core Member

Michelle Kurth
Core Member

Kevin Peck
Core Member

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Years on LT Core: Rookie (First) Year of Life Teen
Favorite Saint: St. John Paul II
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I’m not big into watching sports other than Volleyball (when my daughters play) and soccer (when one of my daughters plays).
Fun Fact: When I was a freshman in college, we were driving a friend from Indiana to Houston for an internship interview when another friend asked us to “drop him off” in Los Angeles…We said “sure” and hit 16 states in 6 days.
High School and/or College: I went to high school in northern Indiana and went to college at Purdue University.

Michelle Thiede
Core Member

Julia Torassa
Core Member

Laura Whitney
Life Teen Assistant

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Years on LT Core: 6 years on Core, 4 years as LT Assistant
Favorite Saint: St. Mother Teresa
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Playing with my daughters- play-doe and arts & crafts
Fun Fact: Raced race cars
High School and/or College: La Pietra HSG (HI) and University of Arizona

Meagan Williams
Core Member