Category: Retreats Published on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 Hits: 515
This is the eleventh annual Journey to the Father Conference. This exciting adventure in the Catholic faith is modelled closely on the Franciscan University of Steubenville High School Aged Conferences. Two main differences are the smaller size (500) which does create a more intimate atmosphere to the conference and our Canadian speakers. After relying on American speakers the first few years, we have made a conscious decision to use our own talented and spirit-filled speakers and we have been delighted with the response.
Our teachings are faithful to the Magisterium ( as are those from Franciscan University Conferences) and we try to present the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church in ways that our youth can understand and be drawn to.
The program is a mix of dynamic talks, beautiful liturgies, great music, with enough social time and opportunity for sports to allow the youth to meet new friends and relax. We have several young speakers and we invite other youth, especially our Disciple Team, to witness during the weekend.
We set up a book store with a variety of Catholic merchandise for sale. We also invite a number of organizations and groups to exhibit at the Conference. These are groups which offer " a next step" for young people finishing high school and have included in the past, the National Evangelization Team, Catholic Christian Outreach, Regnum Christie, religious orders, St. Francis Xavier University, and Youth Blaze among others.
All our food is prepared on site with a good variety of meals and options for people with special food requirements.
We lay ground sheets to accommodate about 200 males or females each in their respective large tent. Chaperones sleep with their groups and we have 24 hour security in these tents. The site is also well supervised throughout the weekend.
Over 400 volunteers are involved each year in staging this conference for our youth. We are very proud of the support we receive from people of all ages in our Diocese. They in turn, enjoy meeting the wonderful young people who attend these conferences and their Chaperones.