Summer Institutes

Intense and joyful 8-day retreats that run the gamut of two days backpacking and camping through all-night adoration and outdoor Stations of the Cross. Every day is structured by the monastic liturgy of the Brothers of St. John, and offers participants the opportunity to study Philosophy and Theology, and form lasting friendships.  With programs for both teens and young adults, the Summer Institutes ignite a fire of love in young people for Christ and His Church.

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Discover Life

Ecclesia Institute

Offers intense formation for young adults who desire to engage in evangelization in the modern world. Earn 6 credits in philosophy and theology and encounter the full life of the Church. Participants from across the country gather for one month on campus at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Each day is structured by the monastic liturgy and filled with intense formation that includes both a four-day hike in the Badlands and a four-day silent retreat. Participants also have the opportunity to take part in campfires, sporting events, a full-theatrical production, a four-voice liturgical choir, and more. Ideal for ages 20-35.


Be Bold. Be the Church.


Offer young adults the opportunity for an intense experience of faith, formation, and the outdoors. These week-long adventures allow the natural beauty of the world to open us to the deep questions that lead us to God. The challenges of the outdoors forge authentic community, and form true disciples of the Lord.  Every day includes Holy Hour, Mass, the liturgical Offices, Rosary and group discussion. Ages 20-35.

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Adventure with a Purpose

Marian Faith Network

For those seeking to live out what they have discovered in Eagle Eye, the Marian Faith Network provides extensive resources for discovering and living an authentic relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary. With teachings by Father Nathan and the Brothers of St. John to help them, visitors to the Marian Faith Network website learn how to make the consecration to Jesus through Mary for the first time, or renew their consecration with greater depth and fervor. The MFN also provides real opportunities for those having made the consecration to meet each other and grow in continual formation and friendships.


To Jesus through Mary


Hosted by the Brothers and Sisters of St. John in Princeville, Illinois, young people can take the break they need to draw closer to the Lord on our Weekend Retreats.  Three days is a perfect chance to hear great talks from the Brothers, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Mass, and share in Eucharistic Adoration.  A bonfire, sports, and free time round out a weekend filled with depth, challenge, and joy.  These weekends are a perfect balance and great way to regain fervor and love for your Faith.

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The renewal of your mind

Special Events

Offered in various locations and throughout the year, special events give young people unique opportunities to experience the life of the Church and go deeper in their lives of faith. From desert retreats to pilgrimages to cross-country ski trips, special events are designed to give participants wide and rich experiences of the Christian life. In the spirit of the Community of St. John, we want to draw young people to the heart of Christ from wherever they are.

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Encounter the Truth