WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

In the busyness of daily family life, it can be so easy to push God to the side. What if there was a place to take your family away from the world for a few days, to reconnect with God and have fun—together? That’s why we created the Holy Family Fest. During this week long Catholic family camp vacation at Catholic Familyland®, each member of your family will be drawn to a life-changing encounter with Our Lord that makes the Faith come alive. So that your family can begin to experience the peace, joy, and unity of a balanced and God-centered family life, and then take that experience home.

This year, don’t leave God behind when you go on vacation. Instead, meet Him there.

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The Best Catholic Family Vacation. Ever.

See What People Are Saying
  • Craig

    Craig, via Facebook

    Amazing, amazing, amazing! We just attended our first Catholic Family Land event. We will be back next year. Fun, holy and great friendships were formed! Much appreciation to all of the staff who puts their heart and soul into the programs.

  • Jessica

    Jessica, via Facebook

    Our family had an amazing time! The Holy Family Fest was a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith, build community with other Catholic families, and have fun. We are so grateful that a place like this exists and for the apostolate that makes it all possible!

  • Mikaela

    Mikaela, via Facebook

    I absolutely love AFC! My family goes to Catholic Familyland every year, and it’s like a home away from home. I honestly think it’s the best place in the whole world. I don’t know where I would be in my Faith without AFC.

  • Kristin, via Facebook

    We love coming here to rekindle our Catholic Faith. It is a great place for families with children. The teenage programs are great. They have been a catalyst for our kids at that age.

  • Amanda

    Amanda, via Facebook

    Our family of eight has been spending a week at Catholic Familyland every summer for the past five summers. We pray, swim, ride ponies and horses, go to Mass, dance, go to confession, make s’mores, pray the rosary, make friends, go to adoration, ride water slides, and listen to inspirational speakers all in one week! The teen program is twice a day and is dynamic. We all have a ton of fun while being filled up spiritually at the same time. They truly understand families.

  • Erin

    Erin, Via Facebook

    Wonderful place to increase your faith and find friends to help you on your journey! I met my husband here and couldn’t ask for a better place to visit every year!

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    Maryann, Via Google Review

    We have been coming to Familyland for the last 10 years. My daughter is on the Alumni Corp. this year. Best place ever! Body and soul are refreshed and renewed. This is the best place to go on vacation especially for teens. They have an amazing teen program! Mass is beautiful everyday, the talks are interesting and relevant, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day, the Rosary etc. Plus, volleyball, basketball, softball, pony rides, trail rides and the best snack shack ever! You must come and experience it!

Pray Together

On a Catholic family vacation

  • Fr. Klem elevating Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist at mass

    Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Offered each morning

  • Priest hearing confessions

    Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Available every afternoon

  • Jesus in the Monstrance

    Constant Access to Jesus in the Eucharist

    In several chapels around our property

  • A hand grasping a colorful rosary

    Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

    Recited daily


Play Together

On a Catholic family vacation

  • Kids celebrate at CFL as they get ready to ride the bus to the pool

    Morning: Inspiring Programming

    Break-out groups for all ages

  • Little kid waves from the pool

    Afternoon: Free Time to Relax

    Sports, swimming, and more

  • Marshmallow roast

    Evening: Fun Family Activities

    Bonfire & marshmallow roast, dance night, skits, and more

  • Teens in MARADs INN

    Program for Teens & Young Adults

    A place where they can be truly themselves


Liturgy Special Guests

2021 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton

Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville

Speaking June 26–July 2, July 24–30
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton was ordained and installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville in 2012. He is an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, and a regular presenter on three local Catholic radio stations. He also serves as chairman of the Priestly Formation and Seminary Life Committee at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH.

Fr. Kevin Barrett

Fr. Kevin Barrett

AFC Chaplain & Holy Family Fest Homilist

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests
Fr. Kevin Barrett was born in Chicago, IL, the youngest of 5 children in an Irish American Catholic family. After college he worked at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, first in the Institute for Psychiatry, and later in the emergency room. He also spent 3 years working as a paramedic in the Chicago Fire Department. Both work experiences hastened a much needed conversion, prompted by both his earthly and heavenly mothers! After pilgrimages to Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal, he began serving with the AFC in 1982. Upon completing his seminary studies, Fr. Kevin was ordained a priest by His Holiness, Pope St. John Paul II and served as chaplain of the AFC until 2016. Fr. Kevin then spent five years in missionary parish work in the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, before resuming the role of AFC Chaplain in 2020. Fr. Kevin holds degrees in psychology, theology, and Christian counseling.

Adult Program Speakers

2021 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland

Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler

Speaking July 10–16

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. He is the sixth child of Raymond and Monica Strickland. You can find out more about Bishop Strickland by following him via his website, http://bishopstrickland.com/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bishopoftyler.

John Beaulieu

John Beaulieu

Director of Evangelization & Engagement, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Speaking June 12–18, June 26–July 2, Aug 7–13
John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and serves as the director of evangelization and engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has served in ministry for over 30 years. He spent 2 years serving with NET and 19 years as a parish youth minister. A regular speaker at parish and diocesan events, John addresses topics such as life in the Holy Spirit, media and teen culture, and Catholic evangelization. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children.

Fr. Joe Freedy

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

Speaking July 24–30
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, is the president of Franciscan University of Steubenville and a popular speaker. He is the author of several books, including Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus and Breath of God. Fr. Dave also produced The Wild Goose, a video series on the Holy Spirit. His most recent project is a new documentary on St. Francis of Assisi titled Sign of Contradiction.

with More COming Soon!

Practical Information

You Probably Want To Know

Please note that prices may change  from year to year.

Below are the prices for Summer 2020.

Registration Package

Note: Daily registration rates available. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

  • 1 person $175
  • 2 people $270
  • 3 people $345
  • 4+ immediate family members $399
    • $115 per extended family or friend
  • Priest or Religious freewill offering

Lodging

  • Wooden cabin $599.00 to $649.00
  • Cinder block cabin $599.00 to $649.00
  • Cottage $2,500.00
  • RV Rental $1,399.00
  • 50/30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $350.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric, Water, & Sewer Campsite $400.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $290.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric Only Campsite $260.00
  • Primitive Campsite $133.00

Dinner Package

  • Adult (11 and older) $70
  • Child (10 and younger) $50

Lodging Information

Everywhere You Can stay

When you come for a Holy Family Fest, we encourage you to stay at Catholic Familyland® in one of our family cabins or campsites. Staying on the property will give you the fullest experience of the unique God-centered environment that the Holy Family Fest offers and more opportunities to connect with other families on this Catholic family camp vacation. Lodging for the Holy Family Fests is located in two main areas of our property:

• St. James Field—72 wooden cabins and 2 bathhouses

• Holy Family Park—4 wooden cabins, 11 cinder block cabins, 60 campsites, and 2 bathhouses

If you plan to stay in a cabin, please be aware that none of our cabins include running water, toilets, or sinks. However, nearby bathhouses and drinking water spigots will be available for your use throughout the event.

Wooden Cabins are as follows:

Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (exterior)

  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 double bed with mattress
  • 2 sets of bunk beds with mattresses
  • Loft that sleeps 3–4 kids (no mattresses)
  • Refrigerator (full size with freezer top)
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioner
  • Heater
  • Indoor table with 2 benches
  • Several 3-prong electrical outlets
  • Changing room
  • Clothing hooks and clothes pole (no hangers)
  • Smoke detector
  • Broom and dust pan
  • On-site parking

Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (interior 1)Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (interior 2)

Items for Preparation

SchedulE & PACKING

The Holy Family Fest is packed with:

  • Prayer
  • Faith-filled programming
  • The Sacraments
  • And plenty of family fun!

To get a better understanding of:

  • When and where different activities are offered
  • When to arrive and depart
  • A map of the property
  • And more

Check out last year’s agenda.

Food!

Keeping Everyone Happy & Healthy

"Mom, what’s for supper?" During your Holy Family Fest, let Mama C’s get dinner ready!

Mama C’s Snack Shack Offers a Variety of:

  • Entrees
  • Sides
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Frozen treats
  • And more

All at affordable prices. Check out Mama C’s Snack Shack menu and prices.

To save time, you can also pre-order your meal or set up a family tab.

FAQs

By Category

After I register, will I receive a confirmation?

Yes, once you submit your registration, we’ll send you a confirmation email within 1–2 weeks.

A few weeks before the event, we will send you another email letting you know when and where to check in.

What is your payment policy?

Payment for your registration package is due at the time you register.

Full payment is due no later than 60 days before the event start date. Within this 60-day period, if the credit card transaction is declined, you will have 7 days to correct the situation before your registration is cancelled and your lodging is opened up to another family.

We appreciate initial payment of the full amount, as it helps us procure items to prepare for the event, but it is not required.

What is your refund /cancellation policy?

Cancellations which occur 60 or more days before the start date of your Holy Family Fest will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable deposit.

Cancellations which occur 30–59 days before the event start date will receive a refund of 50% of your payment (for paid totals in excess of $200) or your full payment minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit (for paid totals less than $200).

No refunds will be given within 29 days of the event start date. Payments that are lost due to cancellation are nontransferable.

I am a single parent. Can my family come?

Yes, single parents (divorced, separated, widowed, or otherwise) and their families are welcome to attend a Holy Family Fest. We want you to know—in a special way—that the Church loves and supports you. During the Holy Family Fest, we offer a workshop designed for any parents who are raising children on their own.  

Are your events for families only? Or are singles, widowed people, & grandparents also welcome?

Yes, singles, widowed people, and grandparents are welcome to attend a Holy Family Fest!

Can I bring a friend?

Yes! When you register your family, please register your friend(s) or other persons who will be accompanying and staying with your family for the event.

Any non-family member under 18 will need to have a parent fill out and submit a Child Release of Liability Form.

Separate registration fees apply for non-family members (children and adults).

Can a priest come to a Holy Family Fest? What about lodging & meals for him? What will he do during the event?

Yes, priests are most welcome to attend any of our events! They are free to attend alone or come with a family.

We ask that each priest register by filling out our Visiting Priest Form online. We will be happy to provide a retreat room and meals for the week at no charge.

The priest (or the family who invited him) is welcome to make a freewill offering to cover food and lodging expenses through our online donation page. (Please make a note in the comment box "For Fr. ______'s stay").

As part of their registration, each priest must submit a letter of good standing to both of the following entities:

ATTN: Rev. Bradley Greer
Diocese of Steubenville
422 Washington St.
P.O. Box 969
Steubenville, OH 43952
Fax: 740–282–3327

ATTN: Renèe Scheu
Apostolate for Family Consecration
3375 County Rd 36
Bloomingdale, OH 43910
Fax: 740 567-7725

We invite all priests to concelebrate at Mass each day and to help administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Since we do not have enough albs for all the visiting clergy, we ask that priests bring their own albs. Priests are also welcome to participate in any activities taking place during the event.

Extra Paperwork

Not Applicable to All

Child Release of Liability Form

(required for non-family members under 18)
Download

Letter & Form for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Download

Stoney’s RV Rental Contract

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