The Diocese of La Crosse in collaboration with the Dioceses of
Green Bay, Superior, Madison and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are excited to bring you this awesome event
that is the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin!
*Your Enthusiasm Is Overwhelming
and Inspiring!!! *
Due to a great response to this
event, the Chula Vista Resort is sold out of rooms.
However, we have a plan for you! If you still need a room:
1. Call Chula Vista to see
if any rooms have become available
2. If not, the Polynesian Resort
(only 5 miles from Chula Vista) has rooms available for a comparable price.
Also for those not able to get a
room at the Chula Vista Resort, the staff at Chula Vista have offered 50% off
waterpark passes at $15 per person.
Come and get away from the day
to day routine! Come experience your Catholic faith in a very powerful
way! Come learn how to strengthen your relationship with Christ no matter
where you are in your faith journey! Come and meet new people from all
over Wisconsin! The keynote speakers, listed below, will present
general sessions. However, there are breakout workshops that will be
catered to speak to everyone, whether you are a college
student, post grad. student, out of college, single, married (with or without
children), seminarian, etc.
When: March 12-13, 2011
*The retreat will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 12 and end at
11:00 am on Sunday, March 13.
Where: The Chula Vista Resort in the
Who is invited? All young adults ages 18 (and
out of high school) to 39
Cost: Only $30 per person! This
includes the keynote speakers, Bishop's Mass, workshops, snacks, dinner, and
To register, click on the link above, print the form, fill it out and return with
your $30 payment by March 1, 2011
Diocese of La Crosse Attn: Young Adult Ministry 3710 East Avenue South La
Crosse, WI 54601
Please make registration checks payable to the
Diocese of La Crosse.
Want To Stay Overnight?
If you would like to stay overnight please call the Chula Vista Resort at
or go to their website at
the Booking ID #:
to get $99 room rate. This room will sleep up to 4 people and includes
indoor waterpark passes for the length of your stay.
**NEW** Directions to Chula Vista
Printable Directions (PDF)
Printable Resort Map (PDF)
Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago: Take I90/94 West past
Madison to exit 87 for the Wisconsin Dells Hwy 13. There is only
one way to go off the exit; go through to the seventh stoplight
and you’ll reach Hwy 13 North. Turn left on Hwy 13 North and
travel 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Chula Vista Parkway.
From Madison West side:
Follow Hwy 12 West through Sauk and Baraboo to the Wisconsin
Dells. When entering the Wisconsin Dells jump on I90/94 West.
Take that West 5 miles to exit 87 for the Wisconsin Dells Hwy
13. There is only one way to go off the exit; go through to the
seventh stoplight and you’ll reach Hwy 13 North. Turn left on
Hwy 13 North and travel 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Chula Vista
From Minneapolis/Eau Claire: Take
I90/94 East to exit 87 for the Wisconsin Dells Hwy 13. Once off
the exit follow through to the seventh stop light and turn left
on Hwy 13 North and travel 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Chula Vista
From Wausau: Follow
I39 South to exit 100 for Hwy 23. Follow Hwy 23 past Briggsville
for about fifteen miles. Once you reach the intersections of
Hwy’s 16,23, and 13, take a right and go north on Hwy 13 for 2.8
miles. Turn left the Chula Vista Parkway entrance.
From Eau Claire
(via Hwy 12): Follow Hwy 12 East through to the Wisconsin Dells.
At the first stoplight take a left onto Hwy 13 North. Follow Hwy
13 through to the fifth stoplight and turn left on Hwy 13 North
and travel 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Chula Vista Parkway.
From Portage (Hwy
16): Follow Hwy 16 North to the Wisconsin Dells. Once you reach
the intersections of Hwy’s 16,23, and 13, continue straight
(north on Hwy 13) for 2.8 miles. Turn left the Chula Vista
***NEW Connect With Others on
If you would like to connect
with others who will be attending this event, or are looking for someone to
room with and/or carpool, check out our Official Facebook page by clicking
the Facebook logo below.
Darrow from the television show America's Next Top Model to now Catholic Speaker,
Leah's journey in faith has been a battle at time, but has left her with a
refreshed and hopeful perspective of the world today and the hope for a better
one tomorrow. For Leah, her slow fade from her Catholic faith didn't
happen overnight. it developed with bad choices, missed opportunities and
choosing a comfortable life versus an extraordinary life. Even the years
prior to her Reality TV fame, her Catholic faith took a backseat role but all
this changed during one special photo shoot in which God allowed her to see her
soul in its current state. This extraordinary and supernatural grace gave
her the courage to change every aspect of her life: her friends, her beliefs,
her clothes, and her opinion of the world itself. Inspired by Blessed
Mother Theresa and Pope Benedict XVI, Leah has found her own Calcutta helping
all of those lost in sin, scared to change and offers them the lighted pathway
to Christ, our Hope and our Salvation. Pope Benedict said, "The world
promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for
greatness!" Leah inspires audiences to become great with Christ; to become a
great light of Christ for the world to see!
Click here to read more
Leonetti is both a speaker and storyteller through which he
conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Originally from Des
Moines, IA, Jon gained national attention mid 2009 while walking from California
to New Jersey. Along the way he promoted prayer as a means of turning away from
the empty promises of lust, fame and greed to find life’s true satisfaction in
our calling from Christ. After going in for a latte one cold afternoon Jon
never would have guessed that the woman behind the counter making his coffee
(Teresa) would be the woman he is now married too today. As a national Catholic
speaker and radio host of Leonetti in the Evening Jon has dedicated his life to
spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in a faithful, energetic, and humorous
way to thousands across the country.
Click here to read more
Division is made up of six guys
from Holmen, Wisconsin who share a common passion in their love for the Catholic
faith, love of music, and their love of sharing both with others. Their music
ranges from fun, entertaining, and interactive to deep, reflective, and
meditative. Their energy and faith are contagious. You won't to miss
the musical experience!
Great news! We now have workshop presenter information!
Scroll below to check out the presentations and the presenters!
What is Celtic Spirituality?
rediscovery of Celtic Christianity has been a delight for many followers of
Christ in recent years. Many Christians are intrigued by this rich tradition and
it has gained in popularity in recent years. The Celts are often described as
“God intoxicated” people who lived with an intense sense of the presence of God.
All of life and all of creation were embraced by the triune God whom they
believed walked with them throughout life’s journey. Discover new ways to
connect your walk with Christ to your everyday life as you explore the many
examples of prayer, art, literature and music that are found in the Celtic
Donlon is an international inspirational speaker living in Green
Bay Wisconsin. Born and educated in Ireland Julianne left Ireland in 2001 to
pursue a career in America. Julianne is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Parish in
Algoma. Currently she works for the Diocese of Green Bay as Director of Adult
Faith formation. Profoundly influenced by her life in Ireland and her interest
in Celtic Spirituality she infuses her talks, seminars and retreats with passion
and a fresh perspective. Dynamic, energetic and engaging Julianne’s unique
message has touched countless lives.
Living out the Single Life with Meaning and
The single state of life is a reality for all persons.
For some it lasts a short time. For others singlehood lasts a lifetime.
Wondering why you are single? This session will reclaim the meaning and purpose
of your single life. We will discuss the reasons, challenges and
advantages to this state and how it fits with God’s plan for your life.
Noll is the
Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Diocese of Superior.
What! Me, Catholic?
Many times we get caught in a rut, and our spirituality
consists of doing the minimum that we have to do to get by. By doing that
we miss the many gifts that the Catholic faith has to offer and our true
potential that God created us to be is not quite reached. Let's explore
the gifts the Catholic faith has to offer and see how truly living out our
Catholic faith can change the world for our families, parishes, and all those
with whom we come into contact.
Rogers was raised in the Methodist church, went to a Southern
Baptist college, where he met a Catholic girl, and through much prayer and
discernment, understood God's call for him to come into the Catholic Church.
Chris has been described as a denominational mutt, but is solidly rooted in his
Catholic faith. Chris is the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
for the Diocese of La Crosse. He lives in Onalaska, WI with his wife and 3 boys.
Witnessing Your Catholic Faith In the World
Everyday we have opportunities to be a witness of faith to
others. How do we seize those opportunities? How do we put our
Catholic faith into action?
Constance Nielsen received her B.A. in English Literature and
Classical Humanities from the
and M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from
Specializing in the area of Ethics and the Church's social teaching, she has
taught theology at Marquette University
and worked in the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She has
also given many talks around the
Madison and Milwaukee
areas on social teaching, and the Lay Apostolate, including classes for the
Madison Diocesan Seat of Wisdom Institute. Dr. Nielsen is currently a
faculty member and director of development for
An Introduction to Theology of the Body
What is Theology of the Body? What does it mean for our lives?
This workshop will help attendees take their current understanding of Theology
of the Body, no matter where they are, and take them to a deeper and more
meaningful appreciation and comprehension of it.
did his doctoral studies at Marquette University in the Catholic theology of
marriage, including theology of the body and the Thomistic and Augustinian
traditions that came before it. He is currently the John P. Raynor Fellow at
Marquette University, studying and writing on the theological relationship
between marriage and consecrated celibacy, a topic at the heart of John Paul
II’s Theology of the Body. Beginning in Autumn 2011, he will be assistant
professor of moral theology at Quincy University in Quincy, IL. Kent is blessed
by his wife Caitlin and their three children (with a fourth on the way).
**More Workshops and Presenters are Coming Soon!**
*NEW* Married with Children: The Authentic
Are you interested in
raising happy, healthy and holy children?
In a lively story filled presentation about raising three
young adults, Alice and Jeff will discuss how families are called to form a
community of persons, who serve life, through engagement with their home parish
and the larger community in which we live.
and Alice Heinzen coordinate the Diocese of La Crosse Office of Marriage &
oversees Marriage from preparation to empty nesting, Men’s & Women’s Ministry,
Parenting and Bereavement. Alice and Jeff’s initial work with the Diocese
began in July of 1993 as the coordinators of the Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Alice continues in that
capacity today providing correct and useful information on fertility awareness,
chastity and parenting. During the past year Alice has been able to initiate one
of the first ON-Line NFP courses in the United States.
During the past five years Alice and Jeff have spoken to
over 4000 teens and 2000 parents on the issue of human sexuality, chastity and
parenting. They have been engaged in developing a comprehensive Marriage
Enrichment Program for newlyweds to empty nesters as a response to the USCCB
National Pastoral Letter on Marriage which was issued in November 2009.
Alice and Jeff live in Menomonie, WI and are the proud
parents of three young adults, Ben, Beth and Keith. Beth and her husband Jay and
Ben and his wife Nina have provided Alice and Jeff with two beautiful
granddaughters during this past year.
**NEW!!!! Tentative Schedule Is Now
**NEW!!!! FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS**
Question: Can Non-Catholics attend?
Answer: They may! Please understand that the
format of this event is Catholic.
Question: Are travel arrangements such as buses
and/or carpools being arranged by the Diocesan Offices?
Answer: No. However, people are already
starting to use our Facebook page to connect with others in their area.
Question: Who do we make the registration check
Answer: Please make the $30 registration check out to
The Diocese of La Crosse.
Question: I am thinking about going, but haven't sent
in my registration form. Should I go?
Answer: YES!!! Send in your registration
form now. You will be glad you did!
Click on the link below to download the Promotional
For more information please contact your local
Diocesan Office listed below:
Diocese of La Crosse
Contact: Chris Rogers, Office of Youth and Young Adult
Phone: 608-791-2659 Email:
Diocese of Green Bay
Contact: Julianne Donlon-Stanz, Office of
Adult Faith Formation/Young Adult Ministry
Phone: 920-272-8270 Email:
Diocese of Superior
Contact: Megan Noll, Office for Youth & Young Adults
715.234.5044 ext. 4403 Email:
Diocese of Madison
Contact: Eric Schiedermayer, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Contact: Jenni Oliva,
The Nazareth Project for Marriage and Family Formation