2019 Dates

Holy Family Fest




















Registration to Open January 14

For Holy Family Fests 2019
Email Registration Dept.

Reconnect with God & Have Fun

As a Family
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 event 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.

The Best Catholic Family Vacation. Ever.

See What People Are Saying
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.Craig, 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!Jessica, 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.Kristin, via Facebook
Our family of eight has been spending a week at Catholic Familyland every summer for the past five summers. We pray, swim, ride ponies and horses, go to Mass, dance, go to confession, make s’mores, pray the rosary, make friends, go to adoration, ride water slides, 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.Amanda, 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!Erin, Via Facebook

Pray Together

  • Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Offered each morning

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Available every afternoon

  • Constant Access to Jesus in the Eucharist

    In several chapels around our property

  • Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

    Recited daily

Play Together

  • Morning: Inspiring Programming

    Break-out groups for all ages

  • Afternoon: Free Time to Relax

    Sports, swimming, horseback riding, and more

  • Evening: Fun Family Activities

    Bonfire & marshmallow roast, dance night, skits, and more

  • Program for Teens & Young Adults

    A place where they can be truly themselves

Last Year's Holy Family Fest Speakers


Alan Zimmerer

AFC President
Alan and his wife, Brenda, are longtime AFC Disciple Life Members and parents of nine children. Alan served as the national coordinator of AFC leadership and membership in the United States before his election to the Board of Directors. He has served as AFC President and CEO since 2012.

Theresa Schmitz

AFC Executive Vice President
Theresa Coniker Schmitz is a wife and mother of seven, and serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the AFC. As the eleventh child of AFC founders Jerry and Gwen Coniker, Theresa has been a part of this incredible mission since the very beginning.
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Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP

Ecclesial Liaison & Director of Formation for You’re Amazing Missions
Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, is a Dominican priest ordained in 1986 who has a talent for preaching and drawing insights that help bring the Gospel to life. He is the author of ten books, founder and artistic director of Blackfriars Repertory Theatre in New York City, and founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat. Currently, Fr. Cameron serves as the ecclesial liaison and director of formation for You’re Amazing Missions with Hard as Nails Ministries.
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Justin Fatica

Founder & Executive Director of You’re Amazing Missions
As an author and itinerant speaker for 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.

Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC

Preacher for Opus Angelorum
Fr. Wolfgang Seitz is a member of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (ORC) and has been preaching retreats and conferences across the United States for nearly fifteen years. He has been a priest since 2002. Fr. Wolfgang currently resides at St. Gabriel Monastery in Carrollton, OH.

Michael O’Rourke

AFC Disciple Life Member
Michael O’Rourke and his wife, Maria, have been married for twenty-six years and are Disciple Life Members of the Apostolate for Family Consecration. He is a father of twelve (two in Heaven) and has been leading his family in weekly faith formation sessions for the past nine years.

2018 Destiny Generation Youth Speakers

Scott Anthony

Youth Minister & Speaker
Scott Anthony travels around the country and speaks at retreats, rallies, and missions for teens and adults. He has spoken in over a hundred parishes in more than twenty-five dioceses in the USA and has been a special guest on EWTN. In 1993, Scott married his college sweetheart, Teresa, and they now have eleven children (three in Heaven).

Fr. Anthony Ariniello

Community of the Beatitudes
Fr. Anthony was born and raised in Boulder, CO, in a family of engineers and attended Catholic schools all his life. He earned theology degrees while studying in France and Rome, and studied Judaism in Israel. Notorious as the “brother on rollerblades,” he also loves football, the mountains, and Italian cooking—but most of all, singing praises in his religious community.

Nick Chancey

Campus Minister at University of Charleston & West Virginia State University
Nick entered the Catholic Church during college and has a deep passion for the Faith. Many know him as “Nick the Catholic,” because he usually spends his time in coffee shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and wherever else students can be found, proclaiming the truth of Christ in the culture.

Brian Coniker

Beach Volleyball Athlete
Brian is a student at North Carolina State University, beach volleyball athlete, and grandchild of AFC founders Jerry and Gwen Coniker. He will share the story of his personal encounter with Jesus, which has led to his zeal as a disciple of the Lord, setting hearts on fire for love of Him.

Molly Marrow

Singer & Songwriter
Molly Marrow is a Catholic singer-songwriter from the Ohio valley. Molly has sung at the Steubenville Youth and Adult conferences with Bob Rice and has had the opportunity to travel around the United States to sing with other Catholic artists at events like NCYC. She has been coming to Catholic Familyland with her family since before she was born!

Chris Mueller

Founder & President of 242 Revolution Ministries
Chris Mueller crafts dynamic (and hilarious) talks that communicate the Gospel to teens and young adults all over North America. Chris is the founder and president of 242 Revolution Ministries, which invites college students to share in the lifestyle of the early Christians—devoted to the teaching of the apostles, communal life, breaking of the bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). He and his wife, Christina, have five wonderful children.

2018 Children's Program Speaker

Sr. Maria Gemma

Sisters of the Holy Cross
The third of nine children, Sr. Maria Gemma was raised in a very faithful Catholic family, which led her to her vocation. Under the guidance of a good priest, she was able to join the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Fatima, Portugal, in 1985. Since then, she has been sent to convents in Austria, India, Portugal, and the United States. She enjoys teaching children religion, as well as playing sports like soccer, badminton, and basketball.

Practical Information

You Probably Want To Know

Please note that prices may change  from year to year.

Below are the prices from Summer 2018.

Registration Package

  • Immediate Family $399.00
  • Married Couple $199.00
  • Individual Adult $159.00
  • Priest or Religious freewill offering


  • Wooden cabin $599.00
  • Cinder block cabin $599.00
  • RV Rental $1,149.00
  • 50/30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $300.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric, Water, & Sewer Campsite $300.00
  • 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) $64
  • Child (10 and younger) $48

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 at the retreat. Lodging for the Holy Family Fests is located in two main areas of our property:

• St. James Field—72 wooden cabins and 2 bathhouses

• Holy Family Park—4 wooden cabins, 11 cinder block cabins, 60 campsites, and 2 bathhouses

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:

  • 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

Items for Preparation

Packing & Schedule

What should you pack for your Holy Family Fest?

Here are a few items that you’ll want to bring:
  • Snacks for the trip (yum)
  • Sleeping bags or bedding
  • Modest, casual clothing
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Paper plates, bowls, and cups
  • Meals you will eat during the week
  • Rosaries (you’ll be using them this week!)
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen

And of course, don’t forget the kids!

We can’t help you wrestle everything into the car, but we’ve got an amazing downloadable PDF Packing list to help you pack. You can even print it out and check it off!


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 refund of 50% of your payment (for paid totals in excess of $200) or your full payment minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit (for paid totals less than $200).

No refunds will be given within 29 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. During the Holy Family Fest, we offer a workshop designed for any parents who are raising children on their own.  

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: Fr. Thomas Chillog

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: 740–765–5561

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 for Parents of Children with Special Needs


Children’s Program Special Needs Information Form


Stoney’s RV Rental Contract


Registration to Open in January

For Holy Family Fests 2019
Email Registration Dept.