Events MinistryCatholic Family Events & Retreats
An encounter with Jesus Christ changes everything, awakening your faith, sparking a desire to know Him more deeply, and leading you to share His love with others. We desire that experience for you and your family. That’s why we offer live Catholic family events for families and retreats for individuals.
The AFC’s life-changing events create an experience that makes the Faith come alive. Through our events ministry, each member of your family can encounter Our Lord at the same time, in the same place, and fall in love with Him. Over and over again. But our Catholic family events and retreats aren’t just a time to pray together. You’ll also be uplifted in body and mind by experiencing what it’s like to live in a vibrant, joyful, and God-centered culture that supports your values.
Ready Now? Register for an Event Today!Or keep reading for more information.
Be Immersedin Prayer
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Available throughout each event
In several chapels around our property
Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Be Renewedin Life
Fun Family Activities
Built into your schedule
A Place to Rest
From the noise and chaos of the world
Charity, modesty, hope, and community
From excellent Catholic speakers
At a Place Set Apartfor Families
Since, 1992, we’ve been welcoming families, couples, and individuals to our events at Catholic Familyland®—a place set apart for families and home of the Holy Family of Fatima Prayer Site.
Catholic Familyland is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, about 20 minutes from Franciscan University of Steubenville and only 45 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport.
All of our events, except for the mini Holy Family Fests, are held here.
Some like to describe this 803-acre property, formerly a seminary, as “a piece of Heaven on earth.” It’s a place full of natural beauty. A place of quiet. A place where time seems to stand still for a moment and stretch out its hands to touch eternity.
But there are also enough activities at Catholic Familyland to keep even the most restless members of your family busy. Everyone is sure to find something they like!
• Swimming pool • Kiddie pool • Basketball/tennis court • 2 volleyball courts • Hiking trails • Private fishing pond • Shuffleboard court • 9-hole disc golf course • 4 swing sets • 2 toddler playhouses • Jungle gym • Softball field • Soccer field • Tiny Tots indoor play area (0–3 yrs) • Picnic pavilion • Horse & pony rides • Cornhole boards • Hammocks • Evangelization Bookstore • Mama C’s Snack Shack
Upcoming EventsFor families and individuals
Holy Family Festenjoy a God-centered Catholic family vacation
June 27–July 3
Alone with God Retreatsreconnect with God in the stillness
Women: Feb. 27–Mar. 1
Men: Mar. 26-29
Duc in Altum Youth Retreatsexperience God's deep love for you
Feb. 14-17, 2020
St. Joseph Work Festhelp in a hands-on way
Feb. 14-17, 2020
Sep. 25-27, 2020
JPII Alumni Work Festmake a difference for families
April 24–26, 2020
Totus Tuus “Consecrate Them in Truth” Conferencelearn the truths of the Catholic Faith & how to share them
Oct. 9–11, 2020
mini Holy Family Festcelebrate the Faith with local families
Illinois: May 22 - 25
Alabama: May 29-June 1
Missouri: Aug. 13-16
What Families Are SayingAbout their experience
We came away from that first Holy Family Fest with a deeper relationship with Jesus and a renewed faith within our home. Chris & Holly, parents of 2
At a time when I needed God most, the Alone with God Retreat was heaven sent.Mitch
Growing up going to Holy Family Fests really helped to strengthen my faith as a young person. As a teen in the youth program, I first experienced Eucharistic Adoration in a profound way.David, dad of 2
Catholic Familyland is a place set apart where we can love and worship God without hindrances. It is one of the best places to find friends to lift you up and encourage you.Erin
The youth programs during the Holy Family Fests really helped to shape me as a Catholic woman and gave me a solid support system going into my adult years. My husband and I have enjoyed taking our kids back to the AFC for the Holy Family Fests and exposing them to the unique faith environment that can only be found there.Hannah, mom of 2
Register for an AFC Event Today!Encounter God. Renew Your Faith. Grow as a Family.
Still Have Questions?We've got answers (see below)
Where are your events held?
Catholic Familyland in Bloomingdale, OH,
except for the mini Holy Family Fests.
This 803-acre retreat center (in the peaceful Ohio countryside) features:
- Seasonal family cabins
- A campground
- Tons of fun activities
- Several chapels
- Indoor and outdoor places of prayer
- An auditorium that seats about one thousand people
- And more!
Where will I stay when I come?
For retreats or work fests: you will likely stay in one of our single or double retreat rooms.
For family events (such as the Holy Family Fest or Totus Tuus “Consecrate Them in Truth” Family Conference), you can stay in:
- Our seasonal cabins
- A rented RV
- Your own camper
- A tent at our campground
If you are concerned about bad weather, you may wish to stay at a nearby hotel (about a 20 minute drive).
Lodging is limited and is first come first serve.