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Lake Williamson Christian Center

Carlinville, IL 62626

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Register by Friday, September 29 (earlybird rate until August 28!)


No matter where you are in your life, October 13 - 15 is a weekend that has been set aside for YOU. Your mind, body, and spirit as a father will be challenged and encouraged. Strengthen our parish and school by uniting as dads in the spirit of St. Joseph--answering God's call to lead our wives and children back to Him.

Learn from other men at St. Joe's as we break open the Gospel with the guidance of "Into the Breach" by Archbishop Olmstead and Show us the Father by Devin Schadt.

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.

Get Away

Take this opportunity to put down your phone, put away work, and step into what God has waiting for you. Just a 90-minute drive from Saint Joseph, Lake Williamson is a vast facility with chapel, large meeting spaces, great food, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities (gyms, courts, fields, lake, hiking, and more).

Receive Grace

We've all sat down to pray, or gone to Mass and left unchanged. Not this time. Let God move in your life through the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Reflect with other men on how to live as husbands and fathers in the spirit of Saint Joseph. If you haven't received foregiveness for your sins in ages, this might be the opportunity to let God work His mercy in your life in a powerful way.

From the Pastor:

"Years ago I read an interesting statistic on Dad’s As Spiritual Leaders of Their Families.

If Mom is regular church attendee but dad is non-practicing

  • 2% of children become regular church attendees
  • 37% were irregular church attendees
  • 61% did not attend church at all

If the dad is a regular church attendee (regardless of the mom’s attendance)

  • children’s regular church attendance varied from 33% to 44%.

That is an incredible statistic. The conclusion from this study stated that dads have a much greater influence on their children in regard to faith development and Mass attendance that the moms regardless of how often or how seldom the mom attends Mass. So, dads should NEVER underestimate their influence on their children when it comes to the faith of their children. Needless to say, it is essential that dads be the spiritual leaders of their families.

One way to foster your faith is through daily prayer with your family, reception of the sacraments and participating in an annual retreat or day of recollection."

--Monsignor James Callahan, Pastor

From the Principal:

“If a large number of dads took hold of their right to the spiritual leadership of their families, and if they became committed to challenging and supporting one another in this role—it is hard for me to imagine a more powerful benefit for our school. God has qualified you for this by your fatherhood. Unite. Take the Challenge.”

--Sister Mary Sheila Maksim, O.P., Principal


What do I need to bring into the event?

  • Bible
  • Journal
  • Rosary
  • your copy of Show Us the Father (or request one with registration)
  • Snack to share
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes to be active and comfortable

Whats the best way to get there?

We're going to be carpooling. Let us know if you'd like to drive or ride in the registration form.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email any questions to IgniteMensMinistry@stjoecot.org

Do I need to bring bedding or a towel?

No, that will be included.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes! The fee is not an issue. It is much more important that dads attend the event. To donate or receive financial assistance for this fee, contact Sister: smsheila@stjoecot.org.

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Lake Williamson Christian Center

Carlinville, IL 62626

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