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 weeklong 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.
And Have Fun!
The Best Catholic Family Vacation. Ever.See What People Are Saying
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, 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, 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, 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, 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!
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 TogetherOn a Catholic family vacation
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Offered each morning
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Available every afternoon
Constant Access to Jesus in the Eucharist
In several chapels around our property
Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Play TogetherOn a Catholic family vacation
Morning: Inspiring Programming
Break-out groups for all ages
Afternoon: Free Time to Relax
Sports, swimming, and more
Evening: Fun Family Activities
Bonfire & marshmallow roast, dance night, skits, and more
Program for Teens & Young Adults
A place where they can be truly themselves
Liturgy Special Guests2021 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Mark E. BrennanDiocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Speaking June 26 – July 2
A Boston native, Bishop Brennan is the son of the late Edward Charles Brennan and Regina Claire Lonsway. Bishop Brennan graduated from Brown University in 1969 with a degree in history, and then entered Christ the King Seminary in Alleghany, NY for a year of philosophy before attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome for his theological studies. A parish priest for nearly his entire career, Bishop Brennan was assigned to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington from 1976-2016. Bishop Brennan attended Spanish language courses and Hispanic cultural studies in the Dominican Republic and in Colombia from 1985-86. From 1988-1998, Bishop Brennan was the Director of Priestly Vocations in the Archdiocese of Washington. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Dec. 5, 2016, and ordained on Jan. 19, 2017. Bishop Brennan was installed as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in 2019.
Fr. Kevin BarrettAFC 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 Speakers2021 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Joseph E. StricklandBishop 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 BeaulieuDirector 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. Dave Pivonka, TORPresident 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.
David & Noelle McHughMarriage & Family Life Office, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Speaking at all Holy Family Fests
David and Noelle serve as the respect life coordinators for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City in the Marriage and Family Life Office. Noelle is a nationally known Catholic speaker, addressing how to live our faith in challenging times. She has a masters of theological studies from Newman University. David is a musician and inventor of Percoustix drum trigger pickguards, and he uses music and humor to share the Gospel. He has a B.A. in theology from Franciscan University. David and Noelle are homeschooling parents of six kids and live just north of Oklahoma City.
Youth Program Speakers2021 Holy Family Fests
Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFMDirector of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria University
Speaking June 26-July 2
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.
Fr. Adam PotterDiocesan Priest in Pittsburgh, PA
Speaking June 12–18, June 26–July 2, July 10–16, Aug. 7–13 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 serving as Parochial Vicar at Saint Teresa of Kolkata Parish, PA.
Scott AnthonyYouth Minister & Speaker
Speaking June 26-July 2
Scott is the full-time youth minister at St. Joseph Parish in York, PA where he has worked since 1995. He began youth ministry in New Mexico in 1992 when God tricked him into it. He has travelled extensively around the country giving talks, retreats and parish missions since 2005 and has spoken in almost 40 dioceses in 28 states. This is Scott’s third summer speaking at Catholic Familyland. Scott and his wife, Teresa, have eight children on earth (ages 8-25) and three in heaven. The Anthony family has been coming to Catholic Familyland for 12 years and Scott and Teresa have just been accepted as Disciple Member Cooperators. For more information on Scott and his speaking ministry, please visit his website at:
Maggie CraigMaggie Craig Ministries
Speaking June 12 – 18, July 10 – 16 | July 24 – 30 | August 7 – 13
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.
Justin FaticaFounder & Executive Director of You’re Amazing Missions
Speaking June 26–July 2
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.
Cameron FraddAmong the Lilies Podcaster
Speaking at all Holy Family Fests
Cameron Fradd is the founder of Among the Lilies, a podcast for women “who are tired of pretending and ready to be real!” She speaks weekly to a growing community of women about being authentic and real. Cameron speaks passionately about the feminine genius and believes that all women are beautiful and wonderfully made. Through her podcast, social media, and her speaking engagements, she is passionate about helping women discover their identity as beloved daughters of God. She spends most of her time raising and homeschooling her four beautiful energetic children in Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Matt Fradd. The two together have done many amazing things, like co-authoring the book Restored: True Stories of Love and Lust After Porn.
Matt FraddPints with Aquinas Podcaster
Speaking at all Holy Family Fests
Matt Fradd is a Catholic Australian author, podcaster, and university professor. He has written and contributed to numerous books including Does God Exist? A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas, Marian Consecration With Aquinas, and The Porn Myth. Matt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary where he now teaches. He lives with his wife, Cameron, and their four children in Ohio. Learn more about Matt at www.pintswithaquinas.com.
Kris FrankVagabond Missions
Bob LesnefskyAssistant Director of Household Life, Franciscan University
Speaking June 12-18, July 10-16, July 24-30, Aug. 7-13
Bob Lesnefsky serves as assistant director of Household Life at Franciscan University. He has spent most of his life sharing the hope of God's love with inner-city kids in the nonprofit he started (Vagabond Ministries). Bob, aka RIGHTEOUS B, is also an award-winning Christian hip-hop artist and speaker, using rap music as an engaging outreach to teens. Bob and his wife, Kate, both Franciscan University alumni, live in Steubenville with their seven kids.
Dani PillarRetreat speaker
Speaking at all Holy Family Fests
Dani Pillar, as a previous residence director of Franciscan University, has been given the opportunity to serve and speak at various retreats on campus over the past few years. During the summers of her college years, Dani volunteered as a part of Alumni Corps. After graduating she spent some time working as NET missionary, as well as giving various retreats and talks to local parishes. She earned her undergraduate in theology and communications and is pursuing her masters in catechetics and evangelization both from (her alma mater) Franciscan University of Steubenville. She was born and raised in New Jersey, but currently resides in Steubenville, OH.
Please note that prices may change from year to year.
Below are the prices for Summer 2020.
Registration Package: Register Now
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
- 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
- Adult (11 and older) $70
- Child (10 and younger) $50
Lodging InformationEverywhere 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:
- 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)
- Air conditioner
- 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
Items for PreparationSchedulE & PACKING
The Holy Family Fest is packed with:
- 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
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:
- 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.
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. We also invite you to join the Catholic Familyland Solo Parents Facebook group for community and support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1185825591934833
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
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.