2022 Dates

President’s Day Weekend

Young Men

February

18 - 21

Young Women

February

18 - 21

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Be Honest:

Are You Taking Your Relationship with God Seriously?
As a young person today, it can be tough not to give in to what the world says you should think, wear, and do. In today’s world, God is a myth, going to Mass on Sunday is old-fashioned, and praying isn’t worth it.

It’s time to remember the truth.

God is real, and He desires to have a relationship with YOU. At the Duc in Altum, Catholic Youth Retreat, spend some time getting right with God and experiencing how deeply He loves you. This four-day retreat, held over President’s Day weekend, is a great way to get back on track spiritually through the sacraments, connect with old and new friends, and have plenty of fun.

| Separate retreats are held for guys and girls. |

Deepen Your Relationship

with God
  • Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Join the angels and saints in the heavenly banquet.

  • Eucharistic Adoration

    Receive Our Lord’s gaze of love.

  • Sacrament of Confession

    Experience the Father’s forgiveness.

  • Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

    Grow in faith through these rich devotions.

Build Friendships

& Have Fun
  • Social Time

    Hang out with other young Catholics.

  • Indoor & Outdoor Activities

    Enjoy hiking, football, board games, and more.

  • Inspiring Talks

    Learn who God is and why the Catholic Faith is important.

  • Group Discussions

    Know you are not alone on this journey.

Rest

2022 Theme

Who am I? Is there a purpose for my life? During this Catholic retreat for teens, discover the true rest that comes from knowing who you are in Jesus Christ. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

Special Guests

2022 Catholic Youth Retreat
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Most Rev. Joseph Coffey

Speaking at Young Men’s & Young Women’s Retreats

Bishop Joseph L. Coffey was born in Rochester, MN. He is the fifth of nine children and the proud uncle of 46 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews. He was raised in Philadelphia and is a lifelong fan of all the Philly sports teams. After college, Bishop Coffey worked as a grade school teacher, a ski instructor in Switzerland, and in the automobile industry in Germany and Belgium for five years, before entering the seminary. While still in seminary, Father Coffey was given permission to enter the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Program with the rank of Ensign. He stayed in the Navy Reserve for the next nine years. Following ordination in 1996, Bishop Coffey was assigned as an Associate Pastor to St. Katherine of Siena Parish in Philadelphia, PA. After five years in parish ministry, he was given permission for full-time active duty as a Navy Chaplain in September of 2001. Bishop Coffey now serves as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

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Fr. Adam Potter

Speaking at Young Men’s Retreat

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.

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MarySarah Menkhaus

Speaking at Women's Youth Retreat

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 the AFC 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 the manager of the National Team and a member of the Minnesota Team.

Testimonies

From the Duc in Altum Youth Retreat

Retreat Information

Duc in Altum Youth Retreats

As you prepare for the Duc in Altum Youth Retreat, here are a few items you should pack:

  • Bible
  • Prayer journal
  • Rosary
  • Alarm clock
  • Portable toiletries
  • Shower shoes
  • Winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants, boots (for sledding & outdoor activities)
  • Casual clothing
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Tennis shoes
  • Towel & washcloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow

Your retreat is a time to be away from the world and reconnect with God, so we ask that you leave your tablet, laptop, and other electronic devices at home.

You may bring your cell phone to let your family know of your safe arrival, but we will ask you to check it in with us when the retreat begins. Your cell phone will be kept in a safe place and returned to you at the end of the retreat.

FAQs

Duc in Altum Youth Retreats

I'm almost 15. Can I Attend?

We’re glad you are interested in coming to the Duc in Altum Youth Retreat!

If you will be 15 by the first day of the retreat, you may attend the retreat this year.

But if your birthday is after the retreat, you’ll have to wait until next year to come.

Required Paperwork

For the Youth Retreat

Release and Indemnification Form

(Required for All)
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Authorization of Consent to Treatment of a Minor

(Required for Attendees Under 18)
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Retreat Code of Conduct

(REQUIRED FOR ALL)
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Experience God’s Love for YOU.

Come to the Duc in Altum Youth Retreat!