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 16-18, 2023

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 water games.

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 2023 Speakers

At BCYC Encounter, youth will be inspired by Catholic speakers from all walks of life. Our Summer 2023 speakers include:

Stacey Sumereau

Stacey Sumereau

More about Stacey Sumereau

Stacey Sumereau’s unique journey spans performing in Broadway National Tours of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast, to discerning religious life on Reality TV in The Sisterhood, Becoming Nuns (Lifetime 2014), to marriage and motherhood. Stacey founded and hosted the Be Not Afraid Conference and the God’s Adventure Awaits Summit, serving over 20,000 people in 2020. Stacey hosts the popular Called and Caffeinated Podcast and YouTube show and is a contributor on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. In 2020 she wrote and taught the True North Discernment Course to people in 13 countries around the world. Stacey has written for Vocations and Prayer Magazine and iMom.com. She and her husband John are raising their four children aged five and under in the Washington, D.C. area. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress, and dioceses across the country encouraging young people to know their worth and to embrace God’s adventure.

Tanner Kalina

Tanner Kalina

More about Tanner Kalina

Tanner is a Catholic speaker and writer currently living with his wife in Denver, Colorado. Alongside speaking, he is the co-creator of the Saints Alive Podcast. He chases holiness in his day to day, failing frequently but continuing constantly. Tanner has had the great pleasure of spreading the Gospel with awesome ministries such as FOCUS, Ascension Presents, NET, and others.

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.