Holy Family Fests 2021

Registration OPENS SOON

June 12 - 18
June 26 - July 2
July 10 - 16
July 24 - 30
August 7 - 13

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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


Holy Family Fest Speakers

2020 Adult PrograM Speakers
Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard

Founder of Next Level Catholic Academy

Speaking June 13–19, June 27–July 3, July 11–17, July 25–31

Matthew Leonard is an international speaker, author, podcaster, and founder of Next Level Catholic Academy, an online membership community focused on teaching Catholic spirituality.

An accomplished filmmaker, he has written, produced, directed, and hosted multiple best-selling Catholic video series such as The Bible and the Virgin Mary and Genesis to Jesus, which have been translated into almost a dozen languages. A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country. His podcast “The Art of Catholic,” is heard in more than 180 countries around the world.

Matthew holds a masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is the author of two books, Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic and Prayer Works! Getting A Grip On Catholic Spirituality. He lives in Ohio with his wife Veronica and their six children. Learn more about him at MatthewSLeonard.com.

Mike and Alicia Hernon

Mike & Alicia Hernon

Founders of Messy Family Project 

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

In 2015, Mike and Alicia Hernon started a podcast dedicated to simply discussing issues affecting families today. The goal was to encourage parents and get husbands and wives to talk to each other and to be intentional about their parenting. This podcast, which started as a hobby, grew entirely by word of mouth to over 10,000 families listening monthly. Mike and Alicia quickly realized that they were being called to a greater work than simply the podcast.

There are many organizations and teachers who can give theoretical advice and teaching, but few of these experts are actually in the trenches with parents working alongside them. There is a separation between theory and actual, practical family life. As fellow parents, Mike and Alicia step into that gap by giving you encouragement, practical advice, and suggestions for you to discuss and then incorporate into your family life. Learn more about them at: www.messyfamilyproject.org.

Ralph Martin

Dr. Ralph Martin

President of Renewal Ministries

Speaking August 8–14

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries.

Ralph also is the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a  professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.

He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications.

Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and eighteen grandchildren.

2020 Youth Program Speaker
Maggie Craig

Nathaniel Binversie

Director of Mission at Exodus 90

Speaking June 13-19 

Nathaniel Binversie is the author of the Exodus 90 Spiritual Exercise; host of the Exodus 90
Show: a podcast for men; and a husband, father, and parishioner at St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Wayne, IN. Before he worked for Exodus 90 he worked in collegiate ministry, including three years with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Nathaniel holds degrees in philosophy, catholic studies, and a masters in theology. Though he has seen the Lord call him to use his mind in fantastic ways, he is certain that it is his knees that are most valuable to both his family and to mission. On top of that, he wants you to know he loves big mountain skiing.

Justin Fatica

Justin Fatica

Founder & Executive Director of You’re Amazing Missions

Speaking June 27–July 3

As an author and itinerant speaker for more than twenty years, Justin Fatica has learned how to make evangelization simple. Since the beginning of 2017, Justin has gained more than one million views on his weekly Facebook Live videos. He currently serves as the main speaker and executive director of You’re Amazing Missions with Hard as Nails Ministries.

Fr. Joe Freedy

Fr. Adam Potter

Diocesan Priest in Pittsburgh, PA

Speaking June 27–July 3, July 25–31, Aug. 8–14

Fr. Adam Potter grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, with his parents and five younger siblings.  After his high school graduation in 2006, he attended Penn State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Math in 2010. After graduation, he entered the seminary for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. After earning a Master's degree in Philosophy from Duquesne University, Bishop Zubik sent Fr. Adam to Rome for his theology studies, where he received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University and his License in Studies on Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute.
​Fr. Adam was ordained a priest on June 25, 2016 at St. Paul Cathedral by Bishop Zubik. He is now the Parochial Vicar at St. Paul Cathedral, St. Regis, St. Rosalia, and St. Stephen Parishes

Maggie Craig

Maggie Craig

Maggie Craig Ministries

Speaking July 11–17, July 25–31, Aug. 8–14

Maggie Craig graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville cum laude with her M.A. in Theology and her B.A. in Catechetics. Equipped with humorous personal stories and dynamic authenticity, Maggie delights in bringing the message of the joys of the Gospel to parishes, schools, youth groups, and college campuses around the country. You can learn more about Maggie at www.maggie-craig.com

Maggie Craig

Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM

Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria University

Speaking July 11–17

Fr. Rick Martignetti is a Franciscan priest, ordained for the Order of Friars Minor in 1997. In 2002, he was awarded a doctorate in Sacred Theology and Franciscan Spirituality from the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. He has done years of preaching, teaching, campus ministry, spiritual direction, retreat ministry, formation work, youth conferences, and pilgrimage work. He is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria University in Florida. His book of meditations, Hidden Beauty: Reflections on Saint Bonaventure's Tree of Life, was published in 2014. You can check out his “2 Minute Homilies” and more on his blog fatherrick.wordpress.com or his YouTube channel.

Mario St. Francis

Mario St. Francis

Keynote Speaker & Public Figure

Speaking July 25–31

For over 15 years, Mario has been an internationally acclaimed speaker sharing his inspiring journey from model, to muscular therapist, to a world traveling missionary. He speaks on topics such as finding true success and fulfillment, surviving peer pressure, nurturing relationships, overcoming disappointments and failures, and enriching one’s manhood or womanhood. Mario has appeared in magazines, national TV commercials, soap operas, game shows, music videos, a video game, and more. You can learn more about Mario at: MarioStFrancis.com

Mario St. Francis

Molly McManus

Campus Minister & Theology Teacher

Speaking June 27–July 3, July 11–17

Molly McManus is a campus minister and theology teacher at Catholic Central High School in Steubenville, OH. She originally is from Baltimore, MD, and came to Ohio to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville. She decided to stay afterwards to work at Catholic Central High School. On the side, Molly is also pursuing a music career, and will be releasing her first worship single later this year.

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 $1,325.00 to $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) $64
  • Child (10 and younger) $48

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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