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.

Courage

2021 Theme

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). Join us for this retreat to learn how to courageously live your Catholic Faith—no matter what!

Special Guests

2021 Catholic Youth Retreat
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Maggie Craig

Speaking at Women's Youth Retreat

Equipped with humorous personal stories and dynamic authenticity, Maggie Craig delights in bringing the message of the joys of the Gospel to parishes, schools, youth groups, and college campuses around the country. Maggie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville cum laude with her M.A. in Theology and her B.A. in Catechetics. You can learn more about Maggie at www.maggie-craig.com.

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Melissa Marter

AFC YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGER

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 has ministered to teens across the country as a summer Alumni Corps and missionary with Hard as Nails Ministries. Melissa currently resides with her horse in Ohio, serving as the youth program manager for the AFC.

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Kris Frank

Speaking at Men's Youth Retreat

From a young age, Kris Frank had aspirations to be a doctor, but God had different plans. While in high school, God captured his heart and set his life on a course that he couldn’t have dreamed up. Kris attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he dropped his pre-med dreams to learn about God (i.e. theology and catechetics). Since then, Kris has traveled around the country to speak at conferences, churches, camps, and campuses. He now serves as the vice president of Vagabond Missions in Steubenville. You can learn more about Kris at his website kristopherfrank.com.

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!