February 17th, 2024

9am - 10pm

Guerin Catholic High School

Join us on "Destination Jesus" a retreat where we will deepen our relationship with Jesus through the Most Holy Eucharist, allowing us to stay rooted in Him. This retreat provides a sacred space to reflect, pray, and grow in our faith as we learn to fully embrace the transformative power of the Eucharist in our lives. Come and experience the joy and peace that comes from being intimately connected to Jesus, and discover how staying rooted in Him can bring purpose and fulfillment to our journey of faith.

2024 Theme

"Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
Colossians 2:6-7

Meet The Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Mitchell

BELIEVING DEEPLY IN the power of beauty to evangelize culture, Jimmy Mitchell’s gifts of storytelling and piano-playing have brought him to every corner of the world. On top of being the founder of Love Good, he’s the director of campus ministry at Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL, which has repeatedly made national news for its growing culture of conversion. Between his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his masters in moral theology, Jimmy has always enjoyed the cross-section between faith, artistry, and entrepreneurship. Whether he’s mentoring young people in virtue or interviewing award-winning artists in his studio, he loves nothing more than helping others fall in love with God.

Meet The Emcee's

Fr. Andrew Thornton

Father Andrew Thornton is a native of Fishers, Indiana where he was raised… non-Catholic. With a little bit of Grace and whole lot of coffee, he converted from Protestantism Easter of 2012 but God had more in store for him. June 5th, 2021 he was ordained, alongside Father Zak, as a priest of Jesus Christ. After a two-year assignment in Fishers at Holy Spirit at Geist and Saint John Vianney, he was assigned last summer to Muncie, where he converted in the first place. It’s all full circle.

His M.A. from seminary is in theology with an emphasis on systematics. To put that plainly, and to quote Fr. Coady Owens, he “likes the nerdy stuff.” Fr. Thornton has also classified himself the most hipster of all the priests of the diocese. If you can show him some music that has some sincere Christian themes yet is obscure and out there, he’ll be your best friend.

Romans 8 is his favorite chapter of the Bible, and while bran and raisins alone are not very exciting, Raisin Bran is magical and is his favorite cereal. He’s hoping and praying that you all are closer to Jesus by the time he’s done with you. This is possible; if you are open and cooperative with Grace, God can give you more than you had ever planned on. He did with Fr. Thornton.

Julie Eckrich

Julia Eckrich is honored and joy-filled to serve as the director of youth and young adult ministry at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville and is in her eighth year working for the church. She is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Julia loves to work with young people who are curious about and hungry for truth in the Catholic faith. She's married to the love of her life and together they love traveling, singing and playing music, teaching their dalmatian tricks, and being foster parents to children in need. When not at work, you can catch Julia having life conversations over a good iced coffee, bargain shopping, or taking road trips with the windows down.

Meet Our Small Group Session Speakers

Speakers will be posted as they are announced

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What Teens Are Saying

The day totally reminded me of why I love being Catholic!! Also the dancing at the end 🙂
My first time at Destination Jesus & I loved it!! Felt so much joy, can't wait to go next year!!
Senior DJ & couldn't be more pleased with how it was still the same experience in one day!!
This one felt like it was the most Spirit-filled/inspired in a looooooooong time!
2nd time at DJ and it was amazing!! Loved the speakers and Fr. Aaron and Rebecca
Just wanted to say this was my very first time attending DJ and it's so powerful! I loved every moment, the best feeling ever and can't wait for next year!!

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