Destination Jesus 2018
February 16-18th, 2018
“His love has made you more than enough, so go ahead and be who he made you to be”Hawk Nelson
We are blessed to celebrate our 23rd year of Destination Jesus. The theme for the weekend is “Redeemed” and our theme song is Greater by MercyMe. Click the other tabs above for more info about the weekend and how to signup!Mission Statement & Goals:Destination Jesus is a Catholic retreat that draws young people into a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, especially through sacramental encounter. Opportunity for healing in the Eucharist and Reconciliation allows participants to experience true freedom in God’s mercy. The retreat aims to:
1. Promote knowledge and love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament – the source and summit of Christian life.
2. Inspire devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
3. Encourage fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium.
4. Awaken discernment of Holy Vocations as ordained by God and His Holy Church.
When Mary is not speaking or working in ministry, you will find her enjoying the arts, playing or watching sports (especially Notre Dame Football), dancing, enjoying a cup of coffee, and laughing with her closest friends. An outgoing and playful spirit, Mary can carry a conversation with anyone she meets and is a woman of great depth. Her story is one of searching, a journey to fulfill the longings of her heart, only finding rest in God’s loving embrace.
Born in Indianapolis, Mary grew up in a dynamic, loving family as the youngest of five children. With both parents involved in ministry and Catholic evangelization, the seeds of faith were impressed upon her at a young age. As an active teen, Mary was involved in student council, three varsity sports, and leadership roles in high school. To all, she seemed to have her act together, but internally Mary’s high school years were a time of great struggle. She wrestled with deep questions about herself, life, and God. Mary, like so many teens, sought answers to these questions in the world. In college, she lived her faith in the gray, with one foot in the party scene and the other in church. “I swayed back and forth between those two worlds because it’s easy living in the middle,” Mary says. “But when God calls us, He calls us TOTALLY – just like Jesus on the cross. He desires not just part of our hearts, not just part of our lives. He desires all of us. This is the heart of ALL4HIM Ministries.” In the summer after her freshman year of college, this “total call” swept into Mary’s life and heart and led to a strong conversion of faith that changed her life forever. Through the witness of beautiful Carmelite nuns, a dedicated youth minister, and a number of grace-filled events, Mary encountered the intimate love of Jesus and the call to live a life totally for Him. This love led to answers that began to fulfill the deep searching within Mary. She added a second major in Theology at Marquette University and began to live her passion through youth ministry in her home parish. As a core member for eight years, Mary began to speak and share her stories in neighboring dioceses. Now, Mary speaks across the country, sharing her heart and her love for God.
Mary currently lives in South Bend, Indiana where she worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for six years. In 2009, Mary felt God’s call and took a leap of faith, leaving her job and immersing herself full-time in ALL4HIM Ministries. Her prayer is that you will encounter the tender love of the Lord and be set free to live All for Him.
Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he attended Gonzaga College High School. After graduating from high school, Brian attended Seton Hall University. After graduating from Seton Hall in 2001, with a degree in communications, Brian attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville to Study theology. In 2002, Brian entered the Community of the Franciscans of the Renewal and began his formation as a Franciscan Friar.
After finishing his postulancy, Brian briefly returned to Washington, DC to further discern God’s call for his life. Brian returned to Seton Hall University to finish his studies in theology. At Seton Hall he served as a part-time Campus Minister for the university and taught religion at Paramus Catholic High School. He also began his work with Hard as Nails Ministries. He received his M.A. in Theology in May 2005. He went on to receive another Master’s Degree in Education Leadership in 2011. He has been in education for thirteen years.
Brian currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Genevieve and his two children, Mieko and Michael. He works at Jesuit High School, where he is a Theology teacher and Theology Department Chair.
Fr. Clayton Thompson
Fr. Clayton Thompson grew in Carmel and was a parishioner at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Westfield, IN. He experienced Destination Jesus in High School and attended college seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH. He finished his theology studies at Mount Saint Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD. He was ordained in 2013 and has served as a priest in Lafayette, Logansport and is currently the parochial administrator at St. Joseph Parish in Delphi, Indiana. He is excited to share our opening talk “Unconditional” at Destination Jesus 2018!
Fr. Michael Bower
Some people know from a young age what career they will pursue, but Fr. Michael Bower didn’t see the priesthood in his future. Born in Maryland, He moved to Zionsville in 2000 with his father and brother to be closer to his father’s family. Bower, 27, joined St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic church in 2004. Little did he know, this would be one of his first steps toward becoming the first ordained priest from St. Alphonsus. Father Bower is excited to share his journey with our youth ministers and their volunteers as they draw their youth closer to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He will offer insight on how he too was drawn through Destination Jesus to hear the call in his life first to become a son of God and then to become one of his priests.
Sr. Joanna Marie, OP
Sister Joanna Marie grew up in Sydney, Australia with her parents and her sister, Sarah. She found great joy in following the Lord’s first call to be a teacher which she did for 10 years before entering. Her love for teaching and travel took her overseas on a four year adventure in which she was blessed to discover much of the beauty of God’s creation. After a deep encounter with the Lord at World Youth Day in Sydney, 2008 she became a volunteer for Youth Mission Team, Australia. In 2011 she entered the Nashville Dominicans. She now feels doubly blessed in being able to carry out both the vocation to teach and to live as a spouse of Christ. She is delighted to be in Indiana, serving the people of Carmel.
Destination Jesus will only accept registrations by parish group.Each participant must register through their parish to attend Destination Jesus.
Note: Group registration closes on January 26, 2018 at 5:00pm.No additional spots for your parish will be accepted after this date and time.
$75*If Payment is Received by January 19, 2018
- Best Price, So Signup Now!
$85*For Any Additional Spots Added orPayments Received After January 19, 2018 through January 26, 2018
- Register Before Jan. 19th For Best Price
Please contact us at email@example.com for more information or to receive a registration packet.
Destination Jesus is a 40 hour eucharistic retreat for high school students. We are celebrating our 23rs year and expecting over 900 high school students and chaperones. Our hope is that the young people attending will grow in prayer, a devotion to the blessed sacrament, and community with fellow Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.
Who can attend Destination Jesus?
Destination Jesus is designed for high school students and their adult Leaders who are 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school.
How do I register?
We are here to make registration easy! You will reserve your spots online this year and receive confirmation through email. In order to start group reservation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you the registration link. As always, please feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have at 317-846-3878.
Can I send my youth alone?
In order to provide the best possible context for fellowship, sharing, ministry, and supervision, we will only handle registrations by parish groups only. No individual registrations will be accepted.
What do I do if I have a food allergy?
If you have a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please contact Joe Domina at email@example.com. He is able to accommodate most allergies and food sensitivities. You also have the option of bringing your meal already prepared, place them in reheatable containers, put them in a bag with your parish name, your name, group leader name, and phone number on the outside. You will bring your food directly to the kitchen on Friday during check in. Group Leaders: Make sure you indicate your groups allergies on the parish google roster due: 1/29/2016. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.
Someone in my group has a special need for housing due to a physical handicap. What should I do?
We will do our very best to help accommodate whatever needs that individual may have. Remember, we can only help as much as you communicate with us. For that reason, please contact the OLMC Faith Formation office (317-846-3878) as early as possible to explain your needs.
What should I pack?
Each participant should bring clothing appropriate/comfortable for a church function (it may be cold in the worship space, layers are encouraged), sleeping bag, twin size air mattress only, pillow, towel, washcloth, toiletries, Bible, journal, and spending money (many participants like to get things from our bookstore).
The following items may also be helpful in your packing: Sleep Mask (in some sleep areas lights remain on at night), Extra blanket, flashlight, Chapstick, plastic bag for wet towels, Bathing suit if desired for showering. You may pack a snack for the sleep areas, if desired.
Also, please note: Pack your items in a Duffle Bag if possible, and avoid using luggage with wheels.
How many chaperones do we need to bring?
For the safety of the youth and to foster productive small group times, we require you to have 1 Adult / 8 Youth during the day, & 1 Adult / 6 Youth for each gender in the sleep areas per Diocesan regulations. Also remember that if you are bringing male and female youth, you MUST have both male and female chaperones. We ask that your group not exceed the maximum Adult to Youth ratio. Priests are not included in the Chaperone ratio due to separate housing.
I am a chaperone coming to the retreat and want to bring my small children; can I do that?
Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. In addition, the focus of the Adult Chaperone/Group Leader needs to be on the youth participants. If adults bring their own children, their focus will be divided. With the best care of the youth in mind, please refrain from bringing non-participant children with you.
What are the criteria for Group Leader, Adult Chaperone and Youth?
Group Leader: The adult responsible for organizing your trip and serving as the main contact for your group. Written and oral correspondence takes place between the Group Leader and the retreat office. The Group Leader must attend the ENTIRE retreat and will be responsible for the entire group. (Group leader must be 21 years of age or older)
Adult Chaperone: An Adult Chaperone is someone attending the retreat to chaperone the youth throughout the ENTIRE weekend. All Adult Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older, have graduated high school and have been approved to work with youth through the groups home diocese protocol training. All Adult Chaperones are expected to be with the Youth throughout the ENTIRE retreat, to include sleeping in the same sleep area with the Youth. This weekend is challenging physically and spiritually. It is a time of deep ministry and small group time. We recommend that chaperones feel comfortable directing, sharing with, and praying with youth. Priests are not included in the Chaperone ratio due to separate housing.
Youth: Youth participants at the retreat must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.
How can I volunteer?
We are always in need of additional volunteers to make Destination Jesus a success. Thank you for your interest in helping, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a priest and I would like to concelebrate Mass and hear Confessions. What do I need to bring with me?
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments as we cannot promise that we will have enough or the correct size. We have a vesting room where you can leave your vestments all weekend.
Where is Destination Jesus held?
Destination Jesus will take place on the campus of Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana. Dining will take place in the cafeteria on campus and housing will be in a couple different schools throughout the area. Once you arrive on campus, parking officials will guide you to registration.
I am a youth attending Destination Jesus; can I bring my cell phone?
We know how important it is for you to stay connected, but we require that youth leave all electronic devices at home. It may be difficult at first, but disconnecting from electronics (even phones) will help all participants to truly connect to the Lord and those on retreat. Should you need to contact home while on retreat, phones are available in the Destination Jesus Logistics Office.
Who do I contact for more information?
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have! Please contact us at email@example.com or 317-846-3878. We are always ready and able to help!
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
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Address 14598 Oak Ridge Rd, Carmel, IN 46032
St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School
Address 15300 Gray Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062
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The theme song for Destination Jesus XXIII is Live Like You’re Loved by Hawk Nelson…