Our Story

In 2019, our group, comprised of parents and clergy within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, came together to help expand the Camp and Retreat ministry in our diocese. Extreme Faith Camp (EFC), our longstanding camp and retreat ministry, encountered considerable challenges in renting camp locations, resorting to rented spaces where they had to create a Catholic environment by transporting tabernacles, liturgical items, statues, and more. This process was not only cumbersome but also expensive, as EFC incurred substantial rental expenses for camps that were sometimes more than three hours away and offered the less desirable weeks to rent to EFC.
Most concerning is the fact that EFC simply outgrew these camp locations and could not accommodate the increased demand to bring more youth to camp.

Witnessing this struggle, we recognized a pressing need for a solution. We firmly believed that by addressing these logistical and space-related challenges, we could expand access to these transformative experiences, ultimately reaching more young people and further the mission of bringing more people into a meaningful encounter with Christ through a Catholic camp and retreat ministry.

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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