Catholic Family Camp 2022

JUNE 11 – 17 | JUNE 25 - July 1 | JULY 2 - 8 | July 16 - 22 | July 23 - 29 | August 6 - 12
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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

Liturgy Special Guests

2022 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton

Diocese of Steubenville

Speaking July 16–22, July 23–28

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.

Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic

Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic

Diocese of Cleveland

Speaking August 6–12

Bishop Edward Malesic was installed as the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland in 2020. Before serving in Cleveland, Bishop Malesic served on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s tribunal in various capacities and later served as bishop of Greensburg, PA. He holds degrees in philosophy, divinity, and canon law. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, and a member of the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, and the Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Learn more about Bishop Malesic at:

Fr. Kevin Barrett

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.

Adult Program Speakers

2022 Holy Family Fests
Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland

Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland

Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler

Speaking June 25–July 1
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, or on Twitter at

Fr. Joe Freedy

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Speaking July 23–29
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.

Fr. Sebastian Walshe

Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem.

Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, CA

Speaking August 6–12
Originally from Pasadena, Fr. Sebastian Walshe is a Norbertine Canon of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, CA, where he is a professor of philosophy for the seminary program. After completing his studies at Thomas Aquinas College in California, he continued studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., receiving a license in philosophy. Later, he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas at Rome (the Angelicum) where he received a masters in sacred theology and a doctorate in philosophy. His thesis was entitled: “The Primacy of the Common Good as the Root of Personal Dignity in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas.” From 2003-2005, Fr. Sebastian was also a visiting professor in the philosophy department at the Angelicum.

Dr. Anthony Lilles

Dr. Anthony Lilles

St. Patrick's Seminary & University

Speaking July 2-8, July 16-22
Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. has served the Church and assisted in the formation of clergy and seminarians since 1994. Before coming to St. Patrick’s, he served at seminaries and houses of formation in the Archdiocese of Denver and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The son of a California farmer, married with young adult children, he holds a BA in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with both the ecclesiastical licentiate and doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum). An expert in the writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church, he co-founded the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and the High Calling Program for priestly vocations. He also founded the John Paul II Center for Contemplative Culture and blogs at

Matt and Cameron Fradd

Matt & Cameron Fradd

Catholic Podcasters

Speaking July 23–29
Matt Fradd is a Catholic Australian author, university professor, and the host of the “Pints with Aquinas” podcast. His wife, Cameron, is the founder of Among the Lilies, a podcast for women “who are tired of pretending and ready to be real!” Matt, Cameron, and their four children live in Steubenville, OH. Learn more about them at and

Clare Dwyer

Claire Dwyer

Wife, mom, writer, & speaker

Wife, mom, writer, & speaker
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Claire received a degree in theology (and a husband) from Franciscan University of Steubenville. God transplanted her to the desert of Phoenix, AZ, where she lives with her husband and the five of their six kids who are still at home. Claire works as marketing manager of the Avila Foundation and as an editor and contributor for its primary website, An avid writer and reader, Claire invites you to journey with her ever deeper into the heart of the Father and your personal vocation to holiness. You can learn more about Claire at:

Chris & Linda Padgett

Chris & Linda Padgett

The Center for Holy Marriage

Speaking June 11–17, July 16-22, August 6-12
In 2018, Chris and Linda Padgett began a ministry to empower couples to embrace and live the Church's vision for marriage and family life, sharing with them that same practical wisdom that is the foundation of all authentically happy and joy-filled marriages. Chris holds a master's degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a licentiate in sacred theology from the International Marian Research Institute. He is currently a professor of theology at Catholic Distance University. Linda holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Cenacle School of Spiritual Direction. Together, they have written three popular books on marriage. Learn more at:

Fr. Sebastian Walshe

Mike & Alicia Hernon

Messy Family Project

Speaking July 2-8
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. As fellow parents, Mike and Alicia give you encouragement, practical advice, and suggestions for you to discuss and then incorporate into your family life. Learn more about them at:

Youth Program Speakers

2022 Holy Family Fests
Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM

Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM

Director of Campus Ministry at Ave Maria University

Speaking July 16-22
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 or his YouTube channel.

Chris Padgett

Chris Padgett

Catholic Speaker, Musician, Author

Speaking June 11–16, July 16-21, August 6-11
Chris Padgett is a popular speaker, musician, and author who has traveled around the world for over two decades giving concerts, talks, parish missions and retreats to all ages about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. A convert to Catholicism, he also taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville and currently teaches with Catholic Distance University in between speaking and writing engagements. Learn more about Chris at:

Maggie Craig

Maggie Craig

Maggie Craig Ministries

Speaking June 11–17, July 2–8, July 23–29, August 6-12
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


Joelle Maryn

Actress, Speaker, & TV Host

Speaking June 25–July 1, July 2–8, August 6–12
Joelle Maryn is an actress, speaker, and TV host who has been featured on various Christian TV shows including "Life On The Rock" on EWTN. With over 20 years of experience in public speaking and performing arts, Joelle shares her message of God's healing love, which has radiated hope and purpose in life to many around the world. Harnessing the power of media to evangelize, Joelle engages in faith-based, inspirational, and family-friendly films and TV shows to lead others closer to Christ. Joelle is the host of the TV show "Beyond the Vision," and she also recently produced, co-wrote, and starred in the film "Fully Known."

Justin Fatica

Justin Fatica

Founder & Executive Director of You’re Amazing Missions

Speaking July 2–8

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.

David & Noelle McHugh

David & Noelle McHugh

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 master’s 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.

Dr. John Wood

Dr. John R. Wood

Saints in the Making University

Speaking August 6-12
Dr. John R. Wood is the author of, “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within”. It has been one of Dynamic Catholic’s bestselling books, with over 200,000 copies distributed to date. Since the release of the book in December 2012, John has spoken at more than 100 parishes and schools across the country to people of all ages, inspiring thousands to embrace the message of the universal call to holiness and help reawaken the sleeping giant called the Catholic Church. John and his wife Kristin currently reside in northwest Ohio with their four children. Learn more about at:

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


  • 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) $75
  • Child (10 and younger) $55

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.


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.


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.

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)

Letter & Form for Parents of Children with Special Needs


Catholic Family Camp 2022

JUNE 11 – 17 | JUNE 25 - JULY 1 | JULY 2 - 8 | JULY 16 - 22 | JULY 23 - 29 | AUGUST 6 - 12
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