Frassati Summer Fest 2016 – To The Heights!

July 29th – 31st, 2016


“The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive.” – St. Irenaeus

Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

We all lead very full lives, but is it the fullness that the Lord intended? Often our very full lives actually detract us from truly living.

The Frassati Society invites all young adults to come away for a weekend, and enter into an adventure, an encounter, and experience the renewal of the Lord.  With Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati as our patron, the Frassati Society chooses to follow his example of living a life of adventure “to the Heights.”

We hope you will join us!


Bishop Wall

During his time in Phoenix, Bishop Wall was a member of the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors. He served on the Natural Family Planning Board; as the Chaplain for the Phoenix Legatus Chapter; and as a spiritual adviser for Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and an advisory Board member of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterate in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

He is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. On February 5, 2009, Bishop Wall was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, and was consecrated and installed officially on April 23, 2009.

Bishop Wall’s episcopal motto is “Be Doers of the Word”, from the Epistle of St. James: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22).” This passage is to remind us that we must not only listen to the words of Christ, but put them into daily action, following the teachings of Our Lord.

Mother Olga

Mother OlgaMother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder and mother servant of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, was born and raised in Iraq. She lived through four wars. In 1993, as a young lay woman, she started a lay movement called Love Your Neighbor. She invited young men and women from Christian and Muslim communities to be part of this community to serve the needs of the poor in Iraq. In 1995 she established the order of Marth Maryam Sisters- Missionaries of the Virgin Mary, the first order for Religious Sisters in the Assyrian Church of the East in 700 years.

In her homeland Mother Olga was involved in pastoral ministry for the college students and youth in the parishes throughout Iraq. She also served the prisoners, homeless, elderly, and handicapped of war for many years. The Iraqi government gave her the Humanitarian Award for her service to the poorest of the poor there.

She has a BS in Biology and Hematology from Arbil University in Iraq and a MA in Philosophy and Theology from Babylon College that is affiliated with the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. She also has a Diploma in Islamic Studies and a certificate in Theology of The Body.

She came to the United States in 2001 for her studies where she received her master degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. From 2002- July 2011 she was involved in the campus ministry of the Catholic Center at Boston University. From July 2010- July 2011 she was named the University Chaplain for the Roman Catholic community at Boston University.

Father Brian Doerr

Doerr_140905_8507Fr. Brian M. Doerr was born in February of 1965, and raised on a small farm east of Pendleton, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1987 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. Following college, he worked as a staff member for Senator Richard G. Lugar in Washington, DC, and later for the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Responding to his life long call to the priesthood, he attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, graduated in 1998 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. He was assigned the Associate Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Kokomo, Indiana. In addition to other pastoral responsibilities, he served as the diocesan Master of Ceremonies for the bishop of Lafayette-in-Indaina for over 10 years. He then served as vocations director for the diocese for many years, before becoming Vice Rector for Human Formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Just recently, he has moved back from the seminary and is currently serving as Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Newman Center at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Father Brian is a co-founder of the Frassati Society of Young Adult Catholics, Founder of Those Catholic Men (, a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves on the Board of Wilderness Outreach. He has also gained extensive experience focusing on the role of men in the church and society. Father Brian enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking and often retreats in the Appalachian Mountains. His lifetime work, “The Massacre at Deer Lick Creek,” was published in the Indiana Magazine of History in the Spring of 1997.

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy has grown up as a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Carmel, IN. Since her time in high school she has been a continual presence in the youth and young adult activities of the parish. In May 2015, she graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH where she studied theology, philosophy, and psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Colleen is passionate about women’s ministry and the task of restoring Christian culture. In the future she hopes to work in the field of education drawing young people into the Catholic intellectual tradition and encouraging them to enter into the mystery of a life with Christ.

Musical Guests

Out of Darkness

Whether as a simple acoustic duo or with the full range of their worship band behind them, Adam & Lori seek to create a powerful and authentic experience of worship tailored to every event. Out of Darkness is blessed to lead music and provide talks for retreats, youth conferences, adoration, liturgies, worship leader training, and concert-style worship events throughout the country.

Adam & Lori have served as parish Directors of Music Ministry in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL for many years, and while balancing their roles as parish music ministers, itinerant ministers and parents of a young family, they have developed a unique pastoral ability to foster the love of music and worship in others, continually in awe of Christ’s love working in the hearts of others through song. They hope to bless people of all ages, in all walks of life with the music and message God has inspired them to share.

Richard Bzdok

Rick Bzdok

Hi, my name is Richard Eugene Bzdok. I am a native of St. Cloud Minnesota. I was born into a family of 10 kids. We were all raised Catholic. I was inspired to love music through my older siblings. I went on to play music through the Ministry called NET Ministries based out of West St. Paul. I spent 2 years in the ministry and served over 10,000 youth across the country. After NET I really started to dive into my passion for music and song writing. Now I have come to Indiana in service of the Lord’s Church. I currently am the Music and Liturgy coordinator at St. Bernard’s in Crawfordsville Indiana.


5-7pm Check-In

7pm Opening Session

9:30pm Small Groups

10pm Recreation and Entertainment

11:30pm Quiet Hours Begin

9-10pm Confessions Available

9:30-12am Night Adoration Available


12am – 7:30am Night-Time Adoration Available

8am Morning Prayer

8:30am Mass

9:15am Breakfast

10:30am Men’s & Women’s Sessions

11:30am Small Groups

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Recreation – Zip-lining and Skeet Shooting will be offered during this time.

5:30pm Dinner

6:30pm Evening Session

7:15pm Small Groups

8pm Evening Session Continues

9:30pm Adoration

10:30pm Recreation and Entertainment

11pm Quiet Hours Begin

8:30-10pm Confessions Available

9:30pm-12am Night Adoration Available


12am – 9am Night-Time Adoration Available

8:45am Benediction and Morning Prayer

9:15am Breakfast

10am Morning Session

10:40pm Small Groups

11:30am Closing Mass

12:30pm Farewell

Cabin (Bed)


*Limited Availability
  • Food Provided
  • Fun Provided
  • Bed Provided
  • Sheets & Pillow Provided

Cabin (Air Mattress)


*Limited Availability
  • Food Provided
  • Fun Provided
  • Cabin Floor Provided
  • Air Mattress Not Provided
  • Bedding Not Provided

What is the Frassati Summer Fest?

The Frassati Summer Fest is part retreat, part camp out, and ALL adventure –  living the fullness of faith.   It is hosted by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Frassati Society, and led by a talented team of young adults. The weekend will offer insights into young adult faith life and prayer experiences.

What is included in the cost?

A standard registration includes all programming, including recreational activites such as zip-lining and skeet shooting.  The following meals are also included: Breakfast (Sat. and Sun.) Lunch and Dinner on Saturday.

When does the Summer Fest start and end?

Registration will begin at 5:00PM on Friday, July 29th, and the programming for the conference will begin at 7pm. We will be done on Sunday, July 31th, at about 1PM.

What kind of lodging is available?

There is limited lodging in cabins available for those who would prefer to stay in a bed. Those who are feeling more adventurous are encouraged to bring a tent and set up camp. Those camping will have access to a fully equipped bath house with private shower areas for both men and women.

Are there scholarships available?

Scholarships are not available at this time, however those desiring to attend and are in financial need, are encouraged to contact the Young Adult Ministry office at for more information on how to apply for financial aid.

I already registered for the Frassati Summer Fest, but now I cannot attend.  Can I receive a refund?

We will not be honoring refunds for the Frassati Summer Fest at this time; please contact the Office of Young Adult Ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel if you have any questions.

Is the Summer Fest for me?

The SummferFest is geared to young adults, but there is no age restriction other than being out of high school for at least 9 months.

My spouse and I would like to attend, can we bring our children?

The Frassati Society LOVES families, yet unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children at the Summer Fest. We do however welcome parents to bring young infants who are not yet “mobile.” We understand that it is difficult to take time away but hope that if you chose to do so, you will find that your time away together as husband and wife will be one that is spiritually renewing and will be even more life giving to your kiddos.

Where is Ellis Lake Retreat?

The Ellis Lake retreat is about 45 minutes southwest of downtown Indianapolis and 20 miles north of Bloomington between the Morgan-Monroe State Forest and the Putnam-Owen State Forest.

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Registration Open Now!

We are limited to the first 100 people that register, so make sure to reserve your spot early!