Steve Angrisano to lead retreat for adults in youth ministry Feb. 8 in Columbia


Nationally-renowned Catholic composer, performer, evangelizer and youth minister Steve Angrisano will lead a diocesan retreat for youth ministry and catechetical leaders on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Columbia.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 903 Bernadette Drive near Interstate 70 and Stadium Boulevard.

The theme will be “Keeping the Faith While Teaching the Faith.”

Mr. Angrisano will present an intimate day of story, song and reflection.

“This retreat is certain to be a great spiritual boost for anyone teaching the faith,” said John DeLaporte, diocesan director of youth ministry and religious education.

He noted that too often, people get so caught up in teaching the faith to others that they can struggle to keep the faith themselves.

“With great spiritual and practical suggestions on keeping our own faith strong, the people on this retreat will explore pragmatic ways to impart the faith to young people while nurturing their own spiritual lives in service to others,” he said.

Registration and a light breakfast will start at 9:30 a.m.

Mass will be offered at 2 p.m.

The $20-per-person cost will include lunch.

Mr. Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today.

He composed and sings such spiritual anthems as “Go Make A Difference” and “My Soul is Thirsty,” as well as the popular “Mass of a Joyful Heart” arrangement of the Mass.

Young and old alike embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling.

Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, his easy, honest style of ministry is born from who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ.

His presentation style has been likened to that of a magician: full of spontaneity and moving seamlessly from one phase to the next.

“I’m a storyteller, and it’s very interactive,” he said. “One minute you might be laughing, then you might get a serious story; then you’re praying, and before you know it, you’re laughing again.”

For information, contact Mr. DeLaporte at or at (573) 635-9127, ext. 233.

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