Family Week

Join other families and couples from all over the Kansas City area for an inspiring Catholic marriage and family retreat on Benedictine College’s beautiful campus in Atchison, Kansas.

Retreat Dates: May 26 - May 31, 2024
Register by March 1 for 10% Early Bird Discount!

Family Week is a family enrichment retreat hosted by the Benedictine College Center for Family Life. Couples and families come to Family Week for a unique retreat experience that explores the “why and how” of marriage and family through a Catholic lens. It's a dynamic five days of deep and engaging talks, fellowship, prayer, and fun activities for the whole family. In the mornings, couples explore various topics and strategies relating to marriage and family while the kids participate in fun activities and faith formation. Afternoons and evenings will include many opportunities for quality fun and formative family time. Families of all faith traditions welcome.

Featured Presenters

Fr. Jose Noriega, DCJM

Fr. José Noriega, DCJM

More about Fr. José

Fr. Noriega is a Professor of Moral Theology specializing in the Sacrament of
Marriage at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, in Denver, CO. He is pastor
at St. Mary Catholic Parish, Littleton, CO.

Fr. Luis Granados, DCJM

Fr. Luis Granados, DCJM

More about Fr. Luis

Fr. Granados, a priest of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, served as
Academic Dean and taught at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, after his ordination to the priesthood in 2005, Fr.
Luis earned his Doctorate of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the JPII Institute for
Marriage and Family Life in Rome.

Dr. Tory Baucum

Dr. Tory Baucum

More about Tory

Dr. Tory Baucum, Director of the Center for Family Life, served for 30 years as an Anglican Pastor, seminary and university professor. In this past decade he and Elizabeth, his wife, worked ecumenically and closely with the Catholic Church, especially with the Italian movement Mistero Grande and its founder Don Renzo Bonetti. The Baucums spoke at the Vatican’s 2015 World Meeting of the Family in Philadelphia. Beginning in 2018, Tory’s friends, Fr. Paul Scalia and Fr. Dominic Legge O.P., prepared Tory and his wife for acceptance into the Catholic Church. Archbishop Naumann received them into the Church Easter of 2020. Since then, Tory has served in the Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas. In February 2023, he was appointed to the Copernican Academy in Torun, Poland.


With Room & Board

$300 per adult, $175 per child. Cost for any family is capped to a maximum of $950.

Non-Housing Option

$225 per adult, $125 per child. Cost for any family is capped to a maximum of $700.

Scholarships for Families

Full or partial scholarships are available for families that have any financial concerns.

A Unique Catholic Marriage and Family Retreat

Family Week is a true experience of an authentic Catholic vision for marriage and family life with experts on both the theology and practice of family living. Together we will discuss the unity discovered within and brought about by marriage, the importance of male and female and its relation to the Incarnation, couple's participation in and reflection of divine love, and the adventure of family life.

  1. Prevention: Fighting back against the secular narrative about family life will help prevent weakening of the family bond.
  2. Restoration: Intentional couple's time and family activities help to refresh and restore your marriage.
  3. Exploration: Together we'll explore God's plan for marriage, seeing not only the physical fruits but also the spiritual fruits that come from living out the nuptial sacramental vocation.

Conference Info and Resources

Where do we eat?

All participants will eat meals in the Benedictine College Dining Hall.

Where will I stay?

Participants will be housed in college dorms. Bedding is provided, but many participants choose to bring an extra pillow or blanket for added comfort. The dorms can be cool at night.

What if we live nearby?

Participants who live nearby are welcome to register for the retreat for a reduced rate, which is available within the registration page.

What if I’m flying in?

We are located 40 minutes North of the Kansas City Airport (MCI) and recommend that families flying in book a shuttle to and from campus.

What is the weather like and how should I dress?

Kansas is warm during the summer. It is hot during the day and pleasant at night and in the mornings. Some of the buildings may be chilly so please plan to bring a sweater or jacket. Please dress in modest, comfortable clothing.

What do I do if I have a food allergy?

If you have any dietary restrictions, please make sure to list them on your detailed registration form in the ‘allergies’ section. If you have already completed this form and have a new dietary restriction or forgot to list it, please contact us to let us know so that we can update your information.

Who should I call in case of emergency?

Our staff will be available 24/7 during all conferences to answer any questions and handle emergencies. If you need to get in contact with the Family Week Staff at any time for any reason please call (913) 360-7358.