BCYC Encounter - Catholic Summer Youth Conference | Benedictine College

BCYC Encounter

Join us for an inspiring Catholic Youth Conference you will never forget, at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Next Summer's Dates: June 17-19, 2022

BCYC Encounter is a weekend conference built for Parish and Diocesan groups on Benedictine College's campus! Parishes from around the country bring their teens to Encounter for a conference experience uniquely different from others available today.

A student reads the Bible outdoors

BCYC participants using a water balloon launcher

Kris Frank speaking at BCYC Encounter

A BCYC participant holds a large inflated ball during a game

BCYC Encounter is a dynamic two days of faith, fellowship and fun. The weekend is filled with prayer, small groups, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments, plus energizing activities like bubble soccer and a hike.

Registration Cost: $175.00 / participant

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Conference Information

Tentative Schedule

Summer 2022 Speakers

Sister Josephine GarrettJimmy MitchellLisa Cotter

At BCYC Encounter, students will be inspired by Catholic youth presenters from all walks of life. The speakers for Summer 2022 include Sister Josephine Garrett, Jimmy Mitchell, and Lisa Cotter.

A Benedictine Youth Conference

BCYC Encounter is a true experience Benedictine spirituality at a Newman Guide Recommended school with the highest rated Ministry program in the nation:

  • Community - Intentional small group time with questions and group leader tips to help your teens create a strong bond.
  • Simplicity - An experience of adoration that will help teens encounter Christ in the Eucharist in a real and tangible way and launch them into a deeper prayer life.
  • Stability - Teens will learn to pray from the Monks of St. Benedict's Abbey and be sent home with the tools they need to have a consistent prayer life (and Youth Ministers will get the tools they need to help them!)

A Monstrance on an altar flanked by red candles for Eucharistic Adoration

On top of infusing Benedictine spirituality into BCYC Encounter, we are also tailoring the conference to Generation Z. While students will hear from great Catholic speakers, they will also engage with the Monks, our Missionaries and each other to make Encounter and experience that is meaningful to them. We are working to make prayer and their faith accessible and relatable to teens today in a way that no other youth conference is doing.

Media Kit & Promotion

Let's work together to make a lasting difference in your Youth Ministry!

Youth ministers, we will work with you as a partner to help make this the most successful weekend youth retreat you’ve ever attended. We have provided some tools, like poster, flyer and postcard templates, for your use in promoting the event.

The 2022 Media Kit will be posted soon.

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