Frassati Summer Fest 2017 – To The Heights!

July 28th – 30th, 2017


“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!


Fr. Derek Aaron


Fr. Aaron is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana who currently serves as an Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 2016 and spent six years in seminary formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.

As an outdoorsman, Fr. Aaron enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, running (when forced), and sharing a good conversation with bourbon in one hand and a cigar in the other.

Today, the world needs young people to rise up to become who they are created in the eyes of God. We’re on this journey together, with the intercession of Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati, to be heroic witnesses of Jesus Christ and live the Beatitudes in the “post-modern” world. Let’s become great saints, together!

A Note From Fr. Aaron

Frassati Summerfest is right around the corner and I am honored to be the MC for the event this year! I’m excited to be part of Frassati Summerfest because it is super enriching to get so many young people away from the daily grind and immerse ourselves into the awesomeness of encountering Christ through prayer, friends, and adventure. We do this Frassati style! Let’s become saints together!

Speakers – More Coming Soon
Stephen Jagla

Stephen grew up in South Bend, IN, attended Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio where he with a degree in Theology and Catechetics. He then discerned the possible call to priesthood by attending Mount St. Mary’s. There he earned a Masters degree in Philosophy. After completing his philosophical studies and coming to understanding that God was not calling him to be an ordained priest, Stephen taught theology and philosophy for four years back in Indiana at Marian High School, his alma mater. He recently moved to Fort Wayne to be the Director of High School Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Vincent de Paul parish, where He is the founder of the newest Frassati Society Young Adult Group at St. Vincent’s.

Stephen is very passionate about forming young disciples to be evangelizers, catechists, and leaders. He is a gifted speaker and relates the truths of the Catholic faith to individuals’ lived experiences. During his down time he enjoys brewing beer, camping, woodworking, traveling, and competing in triathlons.

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.

Fry & Pack

The dynamic musical duo of Edward Fry and Kenneth Pack — aka Fry and Pack, aka Poncho and Lefty, aka Boss and Roscoe, aka Pickles and Puddles (face paint and juggling used to be a part of the act) – was conceived as an answer to the eternal riddle that has bedeviled mankind since Eve first offered the apple to Adam: “What could possible go wrong?”

Mr. Fry, lead vocals and guitar, was reared in the heart of Northwest Ohio’s Black Swamp in the flat lands of Paulding County, a land of Gothic intrigue that forms the metaphysical bedrock upon which he has built his numerous vocations. He was steeped in the timeless virtues of southern and country gospel music performed by his family as they toured the frontiers of the Midwest and similar exotic environs. Later, as a lad on the rise, he enjoyed a steady diet of diverse artists like Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and John Mellencamp, plus sugary doses of Hee Haw and Broadway musicals between meals. Nowadays, driven by his deeply held desire to avoid adulthood, he serves as front man and chief storyteller for one of central Indiana’s premier cover bands – and a rich source of inspiration to C students everywhere – Uncle Juju. Mr. Fry also doubles as a humble but committed songwriter. Numerous country and gospel artists have graciously covered his truth-laden spirit-filled compositions, one of which was featured in the Hank Williams Sr. biopic, “The Last Ride” (a tune that has been universally praised as “pretty decent, really”). And as if he needed further “renais” to go with his “sance,” Mr. Fry has also won accolades and even polite applause for his leading role performances in musicals such as “Sweeney Todd,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Mr. Pack, lead guitar and back-up vocals, traces his roots to the backwoods of a tiny Midwestern hamlet bucolically called “Fishers.” Mr. Pack first attempted at music as a drummer (yes, a contradiction), and he played percussion through most of his formative school years. However, he received a guitar as a present as a teenager and, recognizing the deplorable state of his drumming, eventually gave up percussion altogether (and immediately gained 15 I.Q. points). In 2002, Mr. Pack received a degree in education, but rather than ruin the youth of America, he instead graduated from law school, which put him nicely on the path to ruin everything else in America. In his downtime, he joins Mr. Fry and two other reluctant players in Uncle Juju. Mr. Pack has a beautiful wife and four, no wait, five kids that he strongly suspects are his and spends much of days cleaning up disgusting messes, some of which are made by his children. As for personal interests, when not wrestling alligators for charity or practicing medicine for free in third-world countries, he spends his free time traveling around the country in a lime green van solving spooky mysteries in exchange for snacks.


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 28th, and the programming for the conference will begin at 7pm. We will be done on Sunday, July 30th, 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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