Christian Urugutia is the Youth Minister/Director of Religious Education for High Schoolers. Christian has years of ministerial experience in many different churches and environments. He grew up Protestant and has been involved/attended a plethora of Protestant youth and college ministries. By the grace of God during his Freshman year he started studying Catholicism, took a long break, and three years later started studying again and became Catholic. Christian has a deep passion for continuing to study and learn more about the Catholic Faith and various aspects of theology and apologetics, as well as helping others know the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic Faith. He currently serves in the Army National Guard as a Religious Affairs Specialist. Also, very much by the grace of God, he is engaged to be married to his fiancée Claire this year,
High School Diocesan Programs
Higher Ground is a five-day Catholic youth program for those who will be juniors or seniors in high school. The purpose of Higher Ground is to create an environment where Christian community may be experienced. The activities provide an opportunity for the young people to develop a better sense of self, to build positive relationships with others and to grow closer to God. This is a summer program
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is an experience in Catholic Christian living, designed especially for young people from juniors in high school to age 23. TEC provides a space to reflect upon your ideals, hopes, dreams, and problems and to discover a God you can believe in, a Christ you can encounter as risen and alive in your midst. This program is offered twice a year within the Diocese of Grand Island at different locations.
Steubenville Conference is an outreach of Franciscan University in partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Youth Ministry. This high-energy youth conference is for students in grades 9-12. More than 60,000 teens participate in these events each year, where they encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens. This is a summer conference.