2021 Dates

President’s Day Weekend

Young Men


12 - 15

Young Women


12 - 15

Registration to Open in November

Duc in Altum Catholic Youth Retreats

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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.

Remain in Me

2020 Theme

This retreat is all about John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I remain in you.” With these words, Jesus teaches that life reaches its fullest meaning when you live in relationship with Him. It is from Him that you receive your identity and the unique mission only you can fulfill. Are you ready?

Special Guests

2020 Catholic Youth Retreat

Fr. John Eudes Brohl

Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross

Fr. John Eudes Brohl is a member of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, a priestly community of pontifical right that works for the salvation of souls by administering the sacraments and proclaiming the Word of God. They preach especially about consecration and the work of the Holy Angels (Opus Sanctorum Angelorum).


Bob Lesnefsky

Catholic Rapper “Righteous B”

Bob Lesnefsky, a.k.a. Catholic rapper "Righteous B," is a powerful voice in evangelization today. St. 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 his motto is "Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use rap."


Joshua Fish

AFC Youth & Young Adult Program Coordinator

Joshua Fish has been inspired to share that “the glory of God is man fully alive.” He has grown up coming to Catholic Familyland every summer, is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has served as a FOCUS missionary. In his free time he enjoys a nice cup of coffee, getting lost on a hike in the woods, or just reading a good book.


Melissa Marter

AFC Youth & Young Adult Program Coordinator

Formerly from small town Indiana, Melissa Marter is always on the look out for adventure in unexpected places. From twilight hikes in the Shenandoah mountains to 3 a.m. donut runs by the Vatican, life is rarely dull for Melissa. She graduated from Christendom College with a bachelor's degree in theology and spent the past year as a summer Alumni Corps and missionary with Hard as Nails Ministries. Melissa currently resides with her horse in Ohio, serving as a youth and young adult program coordinator for the AFC.

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.


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)

Authorization of Consent to Treatment of a Minor

(Required for Attendees Under 18)

Retreat Code of Conduct


Experience God’s Love for YOU.

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