Hey there glad you stopped by!
We felt it was overdue for us to introduce ourselves and explain a bit about where Catholics Live comes from.
First of All What Is Catholics Live?
Catholics Live is a one-night event broadcast live three times per year. It is an intense, spirit-filled, Catholic teaching focused toward our young Church.
We have assembled the best Catholic speakers from around the country to broadcast live to you in the comfort of your own youth room at a price that’s affordable. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.
As fellow youth ministers, we understand the call. We understand the challenges of running a successful youth program. Our mission is to assist youth ministers anywhere in leading our young Church to Christ, through the help of the Holy Spirit.
So Who Are We?
Catholics Live is the brainchild of Matt Bond, our fearless leader. He works hard to make sure that literally everything has been thought of, all while running the show. Matt has been involved in Youth Ministry his whole life. He grew up in Ponca City, OK where they had an energetic youth group that helped form him through high school. He then went to college at Oklahoma State University where he was active in the Newman Center at St. John’s Catholic Church. After graduating from OSU Matt felt God calling him to do something more so he began his journey to find a job working for the church. He eventually was hired on at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, OK where he was the Youth Minister. Matt successfully grew the program in the five years he was there into a thriving, Christ centered youth group. In December of 2016 Matt went to the only place outside of heaven he would call his home; St. John’s in Stillwater, OK. There, Matt currently serves as the Director of Development working closely with campus ministry and the college students at the parish.
Connor Sullivan is the man that works in the shadows to make sure that when we have a live stream going everything runs as smooth as butter. Connor grew up in Edmond, OK attending mass at St. John the Baptist where he grew deeper in his faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation and through active participation in youth group. He worked with set design and as a sound and light hand for shows during high school. When Connor went to The University of Oklahoma he decided to major in theater management until part way through his freshman year when he could no longer hear his professor speaking. Connor was deaf. He is fortunate to have a cochlear implant now and is able to hear all that the world has to offer. This experience changed his direction and is now well into med-school, studying to be an Audiologist so he can help people the way he has been helped.
John Axtell is the guy that runs the marketing and design side of Catholics Live. He grew up in Edmond, OK also attending St. John the Baptist. John is one of the youth kids that never left. After being active in youth group all through high school he immediately began volunteering as a leader while in college. Eventually there was a position open at St. John’s to work in the Youth Office. He jumped at the opportunity and worked alongside Matt for the five years he was Youth Minister. John has a passion for design and, in fact, majored in Graphic Design. While working at St. John’s, John lead Campus Ministry at The University of Central Oklahoma for three years. He strives everyday to make the world a little better than he found it.
The three of us combined have lead Middle School Youth Ministry, lead High School Youth Ministry, put together retreats, lead Campus Ministry, evangelized to teens, lead Confirmation, organized lock-ins, lead countless bible studies, and the list goes on and on.
Between the three of us we have experienced everything Youth Ministry has to offer and we’ve come out the other side saying, “Hey, we’re Catholics Live and we’re here to help!”