Youth Ministry – Middle School and High School

Meet our Youth Minister 

My name is Riley Arnemann, and I graduated from Lake Mary in 2013. I received a scholarship to play football at a small college in Kansas. I quit football and left Kansas to discern priesthood. I spent a year at Valencia College before entering into the seminary.
For the next 3 years I was in Cleveland Ohio at Borromeo Seminary studying with a religious
community, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. I attended John Carroll
University. I majored in Philosophy and double minored in Theology & Religious Studies and
Catholic Studies. This past summer I was assigned to Annunciation Catholic Church in
Altamonte Springs as a Diocese of Orlando Seminarian. At the end of the summer I discerned
out of seminary formation for the priesthood. Some of my hobbies are playing sports, lifting
weights, running, and being outdoors. I am excited to be the new Youth Minster at St. Stephen
and I look forward to meeting all of you soon.

Youth Minister’s goal for our youth group:

My goal for our youth group is simple. I want our youth group to be a place where young
people gather to grow in their faith, build relationships and have fun.
I don’t want our youth group to be just another class that you go to where you are just lectured to, because that’s boring !

I want it to be a place where I can hear from you, the young people, who are the future of the
Church.

When I was in high school I had many doubts about the faith. For example, I didn’t understand why an all good and loving God permitted suffering, which even led me to doubt the existence of God. Also, listening to my atheist science teacher in high school talk about evolution and creation weakened my faith. I did not have the resources to address these doubts, struggles and anxieties.

I want our youth group therefore, to be a place where young people aren’t afraid to share their doubts, fears, struggles and anxieties that they may have about the faith or about life in general, and will be listened to.

My hope is to tackle these things head on so that we can all grow in faith, hope and love.

I want our youth group to be a place where young people come to encounter not just some God that we hear about from reading a book, but a God who is alive, real, at work in our lives and who is just as present now as he was in the past, and we can develop a relationship with Him.

In the “Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis explains that all the baptized are called to be not just disciples, but missionary disciples (c.f., paragraphs 119-12). Like the Apostles, who after encountering Jesus, went out and preached the good news to the world, we too after hearing God’s Word, need to be missionary disciples who are not afraid to respond to the call.  As Pope Francis tells us, we have to get our hands dirty in order to bring Jesus to our brothers and sisters who are distant from God or who are in most need of God, and we cannot do this if we just keep to ourselves and become some exclusive group. I look forward to the success of our St. Stephen Youth Group and it will take a group effort to achieve this. Come and be a part of this ministry!

Contact: Riley Arnemann  rileya@st-stephen.com

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  • For both high school and  middle school ministries, you can text as follows:

                         enter this number 81010 and text this message @rileyarn

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Check out photos from these gatherings here.