Join us for a 3 day, overnight, Eucharistic centered retreat called Abide in Me!

November 2-4, 2018

Corpus Christi School, Bloomington

High School Teens in Grades 9-12

Abide in Me is a conference style retreat that draws young people into a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, especially through sacramental encounter. Opportunity for healing in the Eucharist and Reconciliation allows participants to experience true freedom in God's mercy. The retreat aims to:

Promote knowledge and love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament - the source and summit of Christian life.

Inspire devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Encourage fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium.

Awaken discernment of Holy Vocations as ordained by God and His Holy Church.


What is Abide in Me?
Abide In Me is a 40 hour Eucharistic retreat for high school students.  Our hope is that the young people attending will grow in prayer, a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and community with fellow Catholics in the Diocese of Peoria.

Who can attend Abide in Me?
Abide In Me is designed for high school students and their adult Leaders who are 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school.

How do I register?
We are here to make registration easy! A registration packet will be mailed and emailed to your parish in August. You can also access the registration packet by clicking this link.
As always, please feel free to contact Sarah Hogan with any questions you may have at 309-863-4791 or by email at

When does the check-in begin?
Check-in begins at the Corpus Christi Elementary School at 5:00 PM on Friday, November 2nd and lasts until 6:30 PM.

Can I send my youth alone?
In order to provide the best possible context for fellowship, sharing, ministry, and supervision, we will only handle registrations by parish groups only. No individual registrations will be accepted.

What do I do if I have a food allergy?
If you have a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please contact Sarah Hogan at She is able to accommodate most allergies and food sensitivities. You also have the option of bringing your meal already prepared, place them in reheatable containers, put them in a bag with your parish name, your name, group leader name, and phone number on the outside. You will bring your food directly to the kitchen on Friday during check in. 

Group Leaders: Make sure you indicate your group’s allergies on the parish google roster due:October 19. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.

Someone in my group has a special need for housing due to a physical handicap. What should I do?
We will do our very best to help accommodate whatever needs that individual may have. Remember, we can only help as much as you communicate with us. For that reason, please contact the Sarah Hogan at 309-863-4791 as early as possible to explain your needs.

What should I pack?
Each participant should bring clothing ppropriate/comfortable for a church function (it may be cold in the worship space, layers are encouraged), sleeping bag, twin size air mattress only, pillow, towel, washcloth, toiletries, Bible, and journal.
The following items may also be helpful in your packing: sleep mask (in some sleep areas lights remain on at night), extra blanket, flashlight, chapstick, plastic bag for wet towels, bathing suit if desired for showering. You may pack a snack for the sleep areas, if desired.

Also, please note: Pack your items in a Duffle Bag if possible, and avoid using luggage with wheels.

How many chaperones do we need to bring?
For the safety of the youth and to foster productive small group times, we require you to have 1 Adult/ 10 Youth per diocesan regulations. Also remember that if you are bringing male and female youth, you MUST have both male and female chaperones. We ask that your group not exceed the maximum Adult to Youth ratio. Priests are not included in the chaperone ratio due to separate housing.

I am a chaperone coming to the retreat and want to bring my small children; can I do that?
Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints, and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. In addition, the focus of the Adult Chaperone/Group Leader needs to be on the youth participants. If adults bring their own children, their focus will be divided. With the best care of the youth in mind, please refrain from bringing non-participant children with you.

What is the cost to attend?
The registration fee is $50. This fee covers the cost of food, programs, housing, t-shirts, and attendee materials.

What are the criteria for Group Leader, Adult Chaperone and Youth?
Group Leader: The adult responsible for organizing your trip and serving as the main contact for your group. Written and oral correspondence takes place between the Group Leader and the retreat office. The Group Leader must attend the ENTIRE retreat and will be responsible for the entire group. (Group leader must be 21 years of age or older)

Adult Chaperone: An Adult Chaperone is someone attending the retreat to chaperone the youth throughout the ENTIRE weekend. All Adult Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older, have graduated high school and have been approved to work with youth through the Safe Environment Training. All Adult Chaperones are expected to be with the Youth hroughout the ENTIRE retreat, to include sleeping in the same sleep area with the Youth.This weekend is challenging physically and spiritually. It is a time of deep ministry and small group time. We recommend that chaperones feel comfortable directing, sharing with, and praying with youth. Priests are not included in the chaperone ratio due to separate housing.

Youth: Youth participants at the retreat must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.

How can I volunteer?
We are always in need of additional volunteers to make Abide In Me a success. Thank you for your interest in helping, please contact us at:

I am a priest and I would like to concelebrate Mass and hear Confessions. What do I need to bring with me?
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask Diocese of Peoria Priests to bring their Diocesan Vestment, otherwise a white vestment will suffice. We have a vesting room where you can leave your vestments all weekend.

Where is Abide In Me held?
Abide In Me will take place on the campus of Corpus Christi Elementary School in Bloomington, IL.
Dining will take place in the cafeteria on campus and housing will in the different classrooms throughout the school. Male housing will take place at Central Catholic High School. Once you arrive on campus, retreat officials will guide you to registration.

What happens to our registration if someone is unable to attend?
We do appreciate the fact that illness and unforeseen events do occur. However, we are unable to accept last-minute, on-site registrations the weekend of the retreat. Any changes to your roster of attendees must be made well in advance of the weekend retreat so that the registration and liability forms are on file with Abide In Me and have been verified by Abide In Me before you come. Last- minute or other cancellations will not have their registration fee refunded.

I am a youth attending Abide In Me; can I bring my cell phone?
We know how important it is for you to stay connected, but we require that youth leave all electronic devices at home. It may be difficult at first, but disconnecting from electronics (even phones) will help all participants to truly connect to the Lord and those on retreat. Should you need to contact home while on retreat, phones are available in the Abide In Me Logistics Office.

Who do I contact for more information?
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have! Please contact Sarah Hogan at or 309-863-4791. We are always ready and able to help!

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