A Message from the Archbishop

“I have been dreaming of the day when the youth of our Archdiocese will have the opportunity to attend a summer camp close to home where they can encounter Christ in the Eucharist, grow in their faith with other Catholic kids and make memories that will last a lifetime. I am confident that the Lord has so much in store for the thousands of young people who could become hopeful and joy-filled disciples of Jesus to go forth to evangelize their families, friends, and the world. How exciting!

I am encouraged to see how the Holy Spirit is working through those involved with planning for a local facility that would make that dream for a summer youth camp a reality, and how those efforts fit into our broader Archdiocesan hopes for youth ministry and discipleship as reflected in our Synod priorities.”

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda,
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

The Need

Kids need help. It is no secret that young people are facing countless obstacles to a peaceful, joyful life. Sadly, many of them only look to secular society to alleviate these burdens. What the world offers only makes matters worse. Social media, overt materialism, and addictive technology further harm the natural development of young people. This has become even more evident in the mental health crisis that is gripping our world.

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 57% of teen girls in the US felt “persistently sad or hopeless” in 2021. The rate of suicide among young people is startling as more teens have thought about or attempted suicide than ever before. Our kids are struggling and these sobering trends reveal that the very lives of young people are on the line.

The Need

Kids need help. It is no secret that young people are facing countless obstacles to a peaceful, joyful life. Sadly, many of them only look to secular society to alleviate these burdens. What the world offers only makes matters worse. Social media, overt materialism, and addictive technology further harm the natural development of young people. This has become even more evident in the mental health crisis that is gripping our world.

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 57% of teen girls in the US felt “persistently sad or hopeless” in 2021. The rate of suicide among young people is startling as more teens have thought about or attempted suicide than ever before. Our kids are struggling and these sobering trends reveal that the very lives of young people are on the line.

Extreme Faith Camp (EFC) began here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and has grown to maturity over the past 23 years. Partnering with EFC and building upon their tremendous experience, we will offer a unique, fun and deeply prayerful experience to kids each summer. Because EFC is local, campers will return to their home parishes and maintain the bonds they made during their week at camp.

Throughout the school year, Trinity Woods will be used by the churches in our Archdiocese for hosting youth and adult retreats.

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