Catholic Family Camp 2023

JUNE 10 – 16 | June 17 - 23 | JULY 1 - 7 | July 8-14 | July 15 - 21 | July 29 - Aug 4 | AUGUST 5 - 11
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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 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.

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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, go to Mass, dance, go to confession, make s'mores, pray the rosary, make friends, go to adoration, 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


Set Apart

2023 Theme

“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart.” (1 Peter 2:9)

2023 Adult Program Speakers

AT the Holy Family Fest℠
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Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Speaking August 5 - 11

Archbishop Cordileone serves as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and so is also a member of the Administrative Committee of the USCCB, and he is a member of the USCCB Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance as well. He currently also serves on the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Subcommittee on the Catechism, and Eucharistic Revival Bishops’ Advisory Group. In addition, the Archbishop serves on a number of boards to support Church efforts beyond the USCCB, including the Catholic Benefits Association/Catholic Insurance Company, Cross Catholic Outreach Board of Directors, the Courage Apostolate Episcopal Board, the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, and is a founding member of the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Catholic Healthcare Leaders Association. 

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Fr. Kevin Barrett

AFC Chaplain

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.

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Fr. Paul Check

Executive Director, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Speaking June 17 - 23

Fr. Paul N. Check was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in 1997. He holds an STB from the Gregorian University and an STL from the University of the Holy Cross. Fr. Check has taught courses in fundamental moral theology, sexual and medical ethics, Christian anthropology, the Beatitudes, and the Parables. For twelve years, he taught a two-week moral theology course annually to St. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, and more recently, he has taught regularly for the Augustine Institute, and for FOCUS. He has given several retreats and days of recollection to diocesan clergy, religious, and seminarians. Fr. Check earned a BA in history and political science from Rice University in 1981, after which he served as an officer in the US Marine Corps for nine years, and prior to entering seminary.  From 2008-2016, Fr Check was the Executive Director of Courage International, presenting to clergy in many dioceses the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and her pastoral response.

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Fr. Donald Haggerty

Archdiocese of New York

Speaking July 29 -August 4

Fr. Donald Haggerty, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is currently serving at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland and has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. He is the author of Conversion: Spiritual Insights into an Essential Encounter with God, as well as Contemplative Provocations, Contemplative Enigmas: Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer, and The Contemplative Hunger.

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Fr. Richard Heilman

Diocese of Madison

Speaking June 10-16

Very Rev. Richard M. Heilman was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on May 27, 1988. Since 2004, Father Heilman has served as pastor of two parishes (three churches), St. Michael the Archangel parish, with locations at St. Ignatius in Mt. Horeb and Holy Redeemer in Perry, and St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff. He now serves St. Mary of Pine Bluff, exclusively.

Father Heilman is the Vicar Forane for the West Dane Vicariate. Father Heilman served as the Wisconsin State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus from 2015-2018. He has been a Fourth Degree Knight for more than 20 years.

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Dr. Peter Howard, S.T.D.

author & founder of Heroic Families

Speaking at All Holy Family Fests

Dr. Peter Howard holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. His passion IS Venerable Fulton J. Sheen -- the man and the mission. Dr. Howard is a leading expert on the teachings of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. He is the author of The Woman: Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen -- the authoritative book on Sheen's Mariology -- and has traveled internationally, helping others discover this future saint. Peter has been featured on Catholic television and radio programs such as EWTN, Catholic Answers Live, the Patrick Madrid Show, CatholicTV, Shalom World, Radio Maria, and Relevant Radio.

Dr. Howard is also a Catholic Life Coach and Strategist of The Man School. His coaching mission is one of helping men take full responsibility for every arena of their lives, equip them with the mindset and skillset to fulfill their unique God-given mission and live a fully integrated Catholic life to its maximum potential.

​Peter is married to Catholic health and life coach, Chantal Howard, and they have six children. Dr. Howard and his wife Chantal are also the founders of Heroic Families.

2023 Youth Program Speakers

AT the Holy Family Fest℠
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Fr Joseph Gill

Diocese of Bridgeport, CT

Speaking June 17 - 23

Originally from Maryland, Fr. Joseph Gill was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in 2013. He has served in parish ministry and as a high school chaplain. Since 2021, he has served as the Pastor of St. Jude Parish in Monroe, CT, and teaches theology at a classical Catholic School, the Cardinal Kung Academy, in Stamford, CT. A graduate of Franciscan University and Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Fr. Gill grew up attending Holy Family Fests at CFL and is overjoyed to be speaking at a Fest this year. He enjoys sports and the outdoors, and has a deep passion for helping young people encounter a relationship with the Lord Jesus through their Catholic Faith. He has published two novels (the latest one, "The Shores of Heaven", tells the story of four early-Church martyrs - available on Amazon.com) and four albums of Christian folk-rock music (available on iTunes and Spotify). Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

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Fr. Allen Hoffa

Diocese of Allentown

Speaking July 8-14

Fr. Allen Joseph Hoffa was born June 4, 1983.  Fr. Hoffa graduated from St. Catharine of Siena School, Reading, PA in 1997 and moved on to Reading Central Catholic High School. In High School Fr. Hoffa was a 3 sport athlete participating as a member of the Football, Basketball, and Track and Field Teams. Fr. Hoffa moved on to attend Albright College in the fall of 2001 and was a part of the 2001 Albright College Football Team. In the Fall of 2002 Fr Hoffa entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia for studies for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Fr. Hoffa currently serves as Pastor of Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Reading after being appointed by Bishop Schert on June 15, 2021. Additionally, Fr. Hoffa serves as an Episcopal Master of Ceremonies and is the Chair of the Diocese of Allentown's Lumen Christi Commission, a ministry focused on the evil of pornography in the world. Fr. Hoffa also works in this same ministry on a national level with Integrity Restored.

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Fr. Joe Menkhaus

Diocese of Cleveland

Speaking August 5 - 11

Fr. Joe Menkhaus was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio May 21, 2022. Fr. Joe grew up attending events at Catholic Familyland with his parents and seven younger siblings. In his free time, Fr. Joe can be found composing music, leading praise and worship, playing sports, and hanging out with family and friends. He is assigned to St. Bernadette Parish in a suburb on the west side of Cleveland. His favorite saint is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and he has a deep passion for leading others into the healing power of the Trinity. 

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Dr. Ian Murphy

Author & SPEAKER

Speaking June 17-23, July 8-14

Dr. Ian Murphy left his Baptist church position as head pastor to enter the Catholic Church in 2004. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Ian also earned an M.A. in theology in Texas and completed the Ph.D. in systematic theology at Duquesne University, defending his dissertation on the New Evangelization in the United States. In addition to working as a fulltime professor at Rosemont College, Murphy has taught a range of courses in world religions, comparative religious studies, Catholic thought, Christian spirituality, and Biblical studies for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, and Duquesne. He recently published both installments of a two-part series on Marian Consecration. Ian is the author of "Dying to Live," which shares the story of his conversion to Catholicism.

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Henry Cordonnier

author and speaker

Speaking August 5-11

Henry Cordonnier is an author and speaker from the small town Russia in midwest Ohio. Henry spent several decades as a high school theology teacher at Lehman Catholic high school. Henry's book My Gospel recounts his conversion story, while his book More Gospel shares stories of faith and Scripture. Henry is passionate about the truth of the Catholic Church and shares his love for the faith through his Youtube channel, his books, and his speaking.

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Kelsey Dassance

author & Speaker

Speaking July 15-21, July 29-August 4

Kelsey Dassance is a Michigan native and a strong advocate for iced coffee all-year round. She’s tried almost every sport at some point in her life, but prefers climbing mountains over anything else. She’s a big fan of sunshine, friendship, and Pope Saint John Paul II who encourages her to pursue great things without fear. She’s currently loving life in Phoenix, Arizona while working full-time for Blessed is She and preparing for marriage this spring. She is a contributing author to Blessed Conversations: Dwell, a study on the Eucharist.

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Lillian Fallon

writer, speaker, and author

Speaking June 10-16, July 1-7, August 5-11

Lillian Fallon is the Customer Experience Manager at Litany NYC, a Catholic fashion label based in New York. She is also a freelance writer, public speaker, and author. Previously working as the style editor at Verily Magazine, Lillian is passionate about exploring the connection between the physical and interior of the human person as seen through personal style. Believing that sartorial choices can dignify the body and aid in the expression of the soul, Lillian draws from St. Pope John Paul II's Theology of The Body as her primary source of inspiration. Her first book, Theology of Style, will be released in the Fall of 2023.

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JP Kasperowicz

founder of The Ministry of the Single-hearted

Speaking June 10-16, July 8-14, July 15-21

John Paul Kasperowicz is the founder of The Ministry of the Single-hearted retreat and music ministry (founded in 1997) through which he and his wife have preached and sang for hundreds of events for youth and adults every year as well as minister to people around the world through media such as Shalom Word Media. John Paul has also been privileged to record and produce three downloadable albums. (“Let us pray”, “Without your love”, and “Rise up: Psalms 1-10”). Through the Big Heart Harvest farming ministry (founded in 2005) he
and his family have been able to provide farm fresh produce to rescue missions, soup kitchens and help feed thousands in need. As a husband of 25 years and father of 2 adult children he strives to honor a balanced approached to ministry; ministering to a person’s soul through music and the Gospel message while bringing physical relief to those in need by his labor as a small farmer.

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Bob Lesnefsky

Founder of Vagabond Missions

Speaking June 10–16, July 1-7

Bob Lesnefsky, a.k.a. Catholic rapper "Righteous B," is a powerful voice in evangelization today. Saint John Paul II said, "If the Church holds back from culture, the Gospel will fall silent." Bob’s life mission is for the Church to be anything but silent in popular culture.  A leader in youth ministry for 20 years, Bob speaks and performs his music in front of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Additionally, Bob’s passion is his family of 7 children and wife, Kate, as well as doing inner-city ministry. In 2005 he started Vagabond Missions, which serves under-served inner city youth in cities around the United States.  Bob’s degree is in Theology and Catechetics and he currently works at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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MarySarah Menkhaus

DamascuS Ministry speaker

Speaking July 15-21,  August 5-11

MarySarah was born and raised in a family of 10 in Cleveland, Ohio and some of her favorite and earliest memories are of attending Holy Family Fests!  As a young girl she knew God was calling her to spend her life spreading the Gospel. She credits her time spent serving at CFL on Service Corps in 2013 and Alumni Corps in 2016 to helping train and prepare her for that mission. After graduating from college MarySarah completed the two-year missionary program with the apostolate Damascus. MarySarah now works full-time with them as Worship Coordinator.

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Patrick Neve

evangelist and Podcaster

Speaking June 10-16, July 1-7,  August 5-11

Patrick is a committed disciple and evangelist. He studied theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville where he met his wife, Phoebe. During his time there, he also launched The Crunch Podcast, a comedy podcast for young adults. Patrick and Phoebe married in 2020 and had their son Leo in April 2022. He is building a youth ministry and recently completed his Master's in Theological Studies. Patrick and his family currently live in Pittsburgh.

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Joey Pontarelli

founder and president of Restored

Speaking July 29-August 4

As the founder and president of Restored, Joey received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Franciscan University of Steubenville and his MBA from Benedictine College. He’s spoken around the U.S., Europe, and Central America. His articles have been featured on various blogs such as the Chastity Project, the Culture Project, FOCUS, and in Shalom Tidings Magazine. Joey lives in Colorado with his wife, Brigid. As a child of divorce, Joey Pontarelli started Restored to help other children of divorce. Restored creates content that gives practical advice to teens and young adults on how to cope and heal after the trauma of their parents’ divorce or separation, so they can feel whole again.

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Taylor Scroll

speaker, worship leader, podcaster and producer

Speaking July 15-21, August 5-11

Taylor Schroll is the President of the evangelization and media ministry, Forte Catholic. He is a highly regarded speaker, worship leader, podcaster and producer. He has traveled the country the share the joy of the gospel through his speaking and worship leading for retreats, diocesan conferences and more. He hosts one of the top Catholic podcasts in the world and has helped over 20 other creators launch their podcasts to share the good news online. He lives in Bryan, Tx with his lovely wife Sam and their three children. You can listen to his podcast wherever you enjoy listening and check out his videos on the Forte Catholic YouTube channel. 

More speakers coming soon!

Practical Information

You Probably Want To Know

Please note that prices may change  from year to year.

Below are the prices for 2022.

Registration Fee

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
  • 50/30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $350.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric, Water, & Sewer Campsite $450.00
  • 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) $90
  • Child (10 and younger) $60

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 (Click here for a map)

• Holy Family Park—4 wooden cabins, 11 cinder block cabins, 60 campsites, and 2 bathhouses (Click here for a map)

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 50% refund on registration and lodging costs and 100% refund on meal plans.

Cancellations which occur 14-29 days before the event start date will receive no refund on registration and lodging costs and 100% refund on meal plans.

No refunds will be given within 14 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
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

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