BCYC Encounter

Join other youth groups from all over the nation for an inspiring Catholic Youth Conference on Benedictine College's beautiful campus in Atchison, Kansas.

Conference Dates: June 17-19, 2022

BCYC Encounter is a weekend Catholic youth 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. It's a dynamic weekend of faith, fellowship and fun, filled with prayer, small groups, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments, plus energizing activities like bubble soccer and a hike.

Make a lasting difference in your Youth Ministry!

A speaker on stage at BCYC Encounter

Be Inspired by Speakers from All Walks of Life.

A BCYC Encounter participant asks a question during a speaker presentation

A speaker on stage at BCYC Encounter

Eucharistic Adoration during BCYC Encounter

Grow Closer to Christ with Prayer and the Sacraments.

BCYC participants have Bible Study at the edge of a pond during a hike

A BCYC participant during Eucharistic Adoration

BCYC participants playing bubble soccer

Together, Have the Time of Your Lives!

BCYC participants throw a giant beach ball over a net

BCYC participants struggle to kick a ball during a three-footed soccer game

“Even though I felt like I was helping facilitate a experience for my teens to encounter Christ and grow in their faith, I still felt ministered to as an adult leader.” - Summer 2021 Group Leader

Registration Cost: $175.00 / participant

Scholarships are available!

Summer 2022 Speakers

At BCYC Encounter, youth will be inspired by Catholic speakers from all walks of life. Our Summer 2022 speakers include:

Sister Josephine Garrett

Sister Josephine Garrett

More about Sister Josephine

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She moved to Dallas in 1999 to begin studies at the University of Dallas where she completed a BA in Political Philosophy with a Business Concentration. Sister subsequently entered the banking industry, serving for 10 years as a Vice President in the Home Loans division of Bank of America in the roles of Operations Manager of a staff of 200 and later as a Project Manager. Sister was raised Baptist and entered the Catholic Church in 2005. Later, in November of 2011, she began her formation to be a religious Sister. In November of 2020 Sister Josephine professed her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Jimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell

More about Jimmy Mitchell

How do we transform the culture? Jimmy Mitchell has some ideas. He founded Mysterium Records with the vision of building a community of artists dedicated to the restoration of Christian culture – particularly through the production of quality music, books, and live events inspired by a deeply Catholic understanding of the human person.

A native of Atlanta and graduate of Vanderbilt University, Mitchell spent a year after college as a seminarian for the Diocese of Nashville and two years as a missionary for Fraternus, a virtue-based mentoring and formation program for boys in middle school and high school.

Jimmy travels throughout the year hosting retreats and conferences for youth and young adults all over the country. He also started the website, Love Good Music. Love Good Music is “a community of music lovers who believe that good music can change the world.” Their ongoing crowd-funding helps artists we believe in release new music that they can live by.

Lisa Cotter

Lisa Cotter

More about Lisa Cotter

Lisa Cotter is a leading Catholic speaker and author known for her practical insights on relationships, femininity, and living life with excellence. She has served with FOCUS missionaries for over 10 years, created and hosted the popular How-to Catholic podcast, authored Dating Detox and Reveal the Gift (February 2022), and has traveled widely as a presenter at SEEK, Steubenville conferences, NCYC, and more. Lisa resides in Denver, CO with her husband Kevin and their four children.

A Unique Catholic Youth Conference

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

In addition to infusing Benedictine spirituality into BCYC Encounter, we are also tailoring the conference to the needs of 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.

  1. Community: Intentional small group time with questions and group leader tips to help your teens create a strong bond.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!)

Media Kit & Promotion

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.