Life Teen
Men's Retreat

March 14 - 16, 2014 at Camp Covecrest in Tiger, Georgia

Real Men Advance by Retreating

Learn from Other Men

This world does not make it easy to be a good man. What we need are good brothers to help us along the way. Men we can learn from and grow with. Men who’ve struggled and men who’ve surrendered to the Holy Spirit working in their lives.

Sacramental Grace

We’ve all sat at Mass and left unchanged. Not this time. Let God move in your life through the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. If you haven’t received forgiveness for your sins in ages, this might be the opportunity to let God work His mercy in your life in a powerful way.

Get Wild

At the Life Teen Men’s Retreat, we don’t just sit on our butts all day long. We get up and we get moving. From the man-o-thon to opportunities to play sports and hang out some buddies, we want you to leave exhausted from how much you played.

“In my entire life, I do not recall a time that affected my masculine identity in Christ as much as last year’s LIFE TEEN MEN’S RETREAT.”

- Joey Martineck, 22, Atlanta, GA

Schedule

Here's the basic outline of the weekend, but we have a few specifics that you'll have to come to experience.

Friday March 14, 2014

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration and Check-in

The Covecrest Community will make you feel at home right away. Relax, meet new friends, and enjoy your time.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner

Don't worry about grabbing food on the road. We've got you covered.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Session One

10:00 pm

Fellowship in the Chapel

Saturday March 15, 2014

7:00 - 8:00 am

Holy Hour

Spend some quality time in prayer with Jesus.
8:30 am

Morning Prayer

Join the Covecrest community in their daily prayer routine of Liturgy of the Hours.
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session Two

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, Adoration

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Manathon IV

Get excited for the biggest and best "Manathon" ever.
2:30 - 3:45

Free Time

Relax, take a nap, play some frisbee. Do whatever you want!
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Session Three and Mass

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner

You'll be hungry after that afternoon. Join us for a tasty meal in the main dining room.
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Session Four

9:30 pm

Fellowship at the Chapel

Sunday March 16, 2014

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Holy Hour

Another day with Jesus. Yes!
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Morning Prayer

Join the Covecrest Community for their daily Liturgy of the Hours prayer.
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session Five

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Mass

The best part of the week. Sunday Mass.
12:00 pm

Lunch on the Go and Departure

See you next year!

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Social Media Pack

The best way to share your desire for other men to go on the Life Teen Men’s Retreat is to talk to them directly. If you can’t do that, then invite your friends on social media. We all know that men don’t necessarily go on social media as much as women do, but maybe a few of your brothers will be encouraged by your boldness to come along.

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It’s not easy being a man…

“Amen!” every man replies, noting that “amen” is, obviously, a masculine term in and of itself. (Not really, given its Hebrew derivative, but go with me here.)

Think about it:

Who gets alerted when the spider needs to be killed or the weeds whacked? The man.

Who gets awoken out of a dead sleep when it’s time to fix a leaky roof, plunge a clogged toilet, wet vac a flooded basement, or stop a ninja from burglarizing the house? The man.

Who gets called and asked how to work the universal remote so not to miss recording a crappy romantic “dramedy” (dramatic comedy, that is) which he will later be forced to watch under the threat of perpetual married celibacy? That’s right, the man.

My upbringing and story, my brothers, is much like your own. Allow me to explain…

I slept on a bed of thorns with a rock for a pillow…because I’m a man.

I built my house using only a Swiss Army knife…because I’m a man.

I flossed with barbed wire and I peed turpentine…because I’m a man.

I showered in acid rain and I use chlorine for mouthwash…because I’m a man.

I wrestled gators for morning exercise and then ate them for breakfast…because I’m a man.

I shaved with the fang of a cobra and swam with a piranha when I needed my hair cut…because I’m a man.

I knelt on shards of glass when I prayed, reciting the Scriptures from memory…because I’m a man.

And that one time that people thought I cried in public (after the police must have obviously dispersed invisible tear gas) in the delivery room, moments after my daughter was born…those weren’t tears, they were beads of sweat from having to do the hard part during delivery.

(We pause the blog at this point to apologize to my wife for that last comment. Obviously the doctor had the hardest job that day. Just kidding, again, honey. Yes, I’ll go sleep in the guest room now.)

To my brothers who are still reading this (and to any sisters in Christ who are creeping on this blog obviously written just for men), allow me to speak realistically and sincerely for a minute.

The world has given us a jacked-up vision of “true manhood.” We live in an age where men get applauded simply for “showing up” inside a church or for not being addicted to pornography. Praise for such things is just ridiculous.

I love my wife and kids and am not ashamed to say it. I love being married, too, which I don’t believe we hear men utter enough publicly. Additionally, I believe that if you have to tell someone how hard you work, you don’t. I believe that if you have to tell someone a joke is funny, it’s clearly not. I believe the designated hitter is a far greater sports travesty than a mulligan and that if you didn’t get choked up during either “The Natural,” “Hoosiers,” or “Brian’s Song” then not only are you not a man…you need to consult your cardiologist to see if you even have a pulse.

Most importantly, I believe in a God who believes in me. I kneel before a Savior – your Savior – Jesus Christ who died for me, who looked through my unworthiness and declared worth. And I follow a Spirit who, daily, sets before me a steep, treacherous and often unpopular path of virtue. Most days I fail; some days I don’t.

What keeps me walking and ascending the spiritual mountain is not only my love for Christ but my spiritual brothers who don’t let me settle for less than I am designed to be. I need accountability. I need guys who are willing to kick me in the butt when I’m lazy in my prayer, my exercise, my marriage, or my fatherhood.

And I need to go on retreat at least once a year…to take a weekend or more when no one “needs” anything from me. No early morning emails or late night texts. No stress of deadlines or frustration when others miss theirs. A weekend where I can just be a son of God and not fulfill all the earthly duties that come with being a husband and father, boss or co-worker. Ironically, I need to retreat in order to advance.

If you’re anything like me…if you’re a man seeking to become a better man, I’d like to invite you to retreat, too. Find a retreat near you. Get out of the office and get back to God. Infact, there are a few spots currently remaining for our annual Life Teen Men’s Retreat. It is a weekend that has the power to forever change your life and vocation.

Like with anything in a busy life, there are always a hundred other things you could or “should” be doing but it’s when we make time for God, the Author of Life, that life, in general, will make better sense and actually become what it’s designed to be.

I go on retreat…because I’m a man (pursuing God). I encourage you to retreat, too.

Your brother in Christ,

Mark

P.S. Confession – there was no tear gas in that delivery room any of the times, nor in the basilica in which i was married, nor at the innumerable Conferences or Retreats or Ordinations or Weddings in which I’ve seen young people fearlessly give their hearts and pledge their lives to Christ.

Yes, I’ve wept publicly on those and many more occasions – and so did Jesus, so back off (John 11:35).

Register Now

Sign up starting November 1 for the Life Teen Men’s Retreat. Every year we have more and more men come on the retreat. We expect this year to be no different. Make sure to sign up early and bring a friend.

Location

Camp Covecrest
25 Falls Drive
Tiger, Georgia 30576
United States

Pricing / Paperwork

$185 / participant

Please fill out this participant agreement form and bring it with you to the event.

Have a question? Contact us!

Give us a call at 800-809-3902 and ask for Stephen or Sarah. We’d be happy to help you with any questions you might have regarding this event.