September 12th Keynote

Elizabeth Young, Co-Founder – Camp Veritas

Talk #1:  Mary, Daughter of the Father

"For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” Luke 1: 48

Before Mary could fulfill her vocation as Mother of the Son, she needed to be settled in her IDENTITY as a Daughter of the Father.  What does that mean for us and our identities?

Elizabeth Young is the co-founder and volunteer COO of Camp Veritas, Inc. and Fearless Ministries, Inc. Both non-profit organizations serve to bring teens to Christ through a play-and-pray approach to Eucharist-centered retreats. Camp Veritas hosts week-long events each summer in New York, Maryland, Florida, and Ireland and serves over 1,500 teens with the help of over 500 volunteers.  Fearless Ministries offers 3-day weekend retreats all over the Northeast for teens to encounter Christ in the Eucharist.  Since 2017, Fearless Ministries has hosted 12 retreats serving over 2,000 teens. 

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Education from AT Still University. She works as a Physician Assistant and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Elizabeth feels most blessed to be raising 8 amazing children (so far!) with her husband and CEO of both organizations, Ryan Young. Together, Ryan, Elizabeth, and their children were honored as the Knights of Columbus International Family of the Year in April 2018.


November 21st Keynote

His Excellency, Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo Colacicco

Talk #2 - Mary, Mother of the Son

"Who are my mother and my brethren?... Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Mark 3: 33, 35

How did Mary view her call to be the Mother of God the Son?  What did that require of her?  What does that mean for us and our VOCATIONS, especially our call to HOLINESS?

Bishop Gerardo Colacicco was recently ordained a Bishop by Cardinal Dolan in St. Patrick's Cathedral on December 10, 2019.  Bishop Colacicco has served the Archdiocese of New York as a Pastor in Sacred Heart, Newburgh, St. Columba, Hopewell Junction and St. Joseph, Millbrook. His new position gives him the opportunity to work closely with the priests and people in the parishes of Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and Orange Counties in the Archdiocese. He is looking forward to Confirming our young people and visiting the parishes in the upper Counties to offer Mass on the weekends.

The Bishop is particularly dedicated to encouraging our young people to courageously answer Our Lord's call to serve His Church as a priest or Religious Sister.

Please join him in this effort by offering a Hail Mary each day for vacations.

December 12th Keynote

Rev. Jean-Pierre Seon, Parochial Vicar, St. Augustine’s (Ossining)

Talk #3Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit

"Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!... The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you..." Luke 1: 28, 35

Mary's relationship with and openness to the Holy Spirit is what allowed her to recognize her true IDENTITY and allowed her to fulfill her VOCATION to HOLINESS and being the Mother of the Son!  What does that mean for us as young adults.  How does our relationship with the Holy Spirit impact how we live our lives and incarnate God's MERCY to the world.

Workshops & Presenters

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September 12th

November 21st

December 12th

Colin Nykaza - Director of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of NY

Workshop -  Lectio Divina on Marian Scripture

Sr. Marie Pappas, CR - DRE, St. Columba Parish (Hopewell Junction)

Workshop -  Lectio Divina on Marian Scripture

Fr. Chris Argano - Vocations Director, Archdiocese of NY

Workshop -  Mary, Sojourner of Nazareth