Mission & Ministry
Leading Teens Closer to Christ
Who is Life Teen?
We are an international Catholic ministry who believes that Eucharist-based ministry has the power to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture.
What do we do?
What else do we do?
We have a cool Catholic website for teenagers, lifeteen.com. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We have young adult missionaries in Georgia, Arizona, and Germany. We are in partnership with MCYM to provide Catholic youth ministry to military bases.
Life Teen Spirituality
A Movement of the Holy Spirit
We are a Eucharist-centered movement of the Holy Spirit, joyfully obedient to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ is at the center of who we are and of all that we do.
This spirituality guides our Life Teen staff to daily Mass, communal prayer, studying Sacred Scripture, praying the Rosary, embracing the Missionary life, and living out our Core Values.
The seven Core Values, prompted by the Holy Spirit, illustrate our spirituality, ministry model and movement: Eucharistic spirituality, Love, Joy, Affirmation, Authenticity, Evangelization, and Faithfulness to Primary Vocation
We invite you to join our international Life Teen family in a scheduled weekly Holy Hour (2 pm EST every Thursday), lifting our prayers to God for the teens and ministry entrusted to us.
We’re here to serve you
We’re known primarily for our parish-based Life Teen ministry for high school teenagers that is used by over 1100 Catholic parishes around the world. In 2003, we launched a national Edge ministry for middle school kids which is now used by almost 600 parishes.
To help parishes keep their youth ministries strong, offer Life Support and Edge Support, boxes resources that we mail out three times a year. Inside are planning guides for a teen Mass, youth group meetings (we call them Life Nights), retreats, service projects, Bible studies, etc. Life Teen programs have access to 1000s of pages of printable resources here online. Plus we publish original books and resources.
We care about you! We have an expansive support network of Area Contacts throughout the US to make sure every Life Teen program gets support. Get practical tips and advice from our staff in our blogs section. Listen to our podcasts to stay in the loop: Catholic Movie Reviews, Sunday Sunday Sunday, THE171, LoveLife, and TheMix.
Events & Conferences
Connecting and Empowering Catholic Leaders
Every year we host over 25 conferences around the country to train a combined 2700 adult ministers: youth ministers, music ministers, core members, and priests. These training conferences help build stronger Catholic youth ministry by helping leaders tune into youth culture to find new ways to share our Catholic faith.
- Life Teen Training Convention
- Life Teen & Edge National Training
- Life Teen Spring Training
- Life Teen Liturgy & Music Conference
- Youth Minister’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, Women’s Day of Reflection New!
One week at camp, a life changed forever.
Every summer over 2100 teenagers are given a life-changing week of adventure, prayer, and sacraments in a fun environment at Life Teen and Edge Summer camps. Throughout the rest of the year, parishes use our camps to host retreats and special events.
- Life Teen Camp Tepeyac in Prescott, AZ
- Life Teen Camp Covecrest in Tiger, GA
- Life Teen Camp @ RockyVine in Dutzow, MO
- Life Teen New England in Charlton, MA