2021 Retreat Dates

April 23-25   |   October 22 - 24

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How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul: Defending the Faith

2021 Retreat Theme

If we as Catholics are to heed the instruction of our first pope, which is to “always be ready to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15), we must have a basic understanding of argumentation. We must know what constitutes a strong argument and what constitutes a weak one. Furthermore, we must understand how to detect common fallacies. In this interactive and intellectually stimulating talk, Matt Fradd explains these things and lays out five indispensable tips for conversing with non-Catholics.


Your Relationship with God
  • Learn

    Formation Talks
    Spiritual Direction
    Getting Involved with AFC

  • Pray

    Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
    Eucharistic Adoration

  • Relax

    Board games

Who Can Attend?

Any Catholic Young Adult (23+)

Young adults (23+). Individuals or married couples. Nursing babies are welcome.

LIV Retreat Speakers

For 2021
Fr. Kevin Barrett

Matt Fradd

Pints with Aquinas Podcaster

Matt Fradd is a Catholic Australian author, podcaster, and university professor. He has written and contributed to numerous books including Does God Exist? A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas, Marian Consecration With Aquinas, and The Porn Myth. Matt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary where he now teaches. He lives with his wife, Cameron, and their four children in Ohio. Learn more about Matt at www.pintswithaquinas.com.

Fr. Kevin Barrett

Fr. Kevin Barrett

AFC Chaplain & Retreat Homilist

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 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.

Retreat Information

For the 2021 Retreat

Individual: $99
Married couple: $175 (use code: LIVCOUPLE)
Shuttle to and from Pittsburgh International Airport: $20

The cost of registration includes:

  • 2 nights lodging
  • Meals, snacks & beverages
  • Linens & towels
  • Retreat book


The following will be provided throughout the retreat:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
  • Snacks, coffee, water, and soda
Food Allergies

If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, let us know when you register. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs. However, in some instances, we may not be able to satisfy your needs. In this case, we will contact you and ask you to bring your own food to the retreat. Regarding nut allergies: We may be able to provide nut-free options, but we are not a nut-free center. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.


During this Catholic young adult retreat, you will stay in a retreat room in one of our buildings. Our retreat rooms are dorm-style, which means that you can expect to share the common bathroom on your wing with the other retreatants.
Your room will include:

  • Linens
  • Pillow
  • Towels
  • Sink (most rooms)
  • Bottled water
  • Closet with hangers (most rooms)
2021 Retreat Dates

April 23-25   |   October 22 - 24