Part retreat, part professional development, this experience is intended for adults who accompany young people in their faith development. Our purpose is to help you to grow in own relationship with Christ, learn practical skills to implement in your own ministry, and network with other adults who minister to young people.

Regardless of your official title and status – Youth Minister, (D)RE, Religion Teacher, professional, volunteer, part-time, full-time, multi-parish, etc. – if you are in some way responsible for passing on the Catholic faith to young people in your parish/school/community, then you will find this weekend beneficial. 

Pertinent Info:

Date: Friday-Saturday, January 5-6, 2024

Time: Arrive by 6pm on Friday; we will conclude by 4pm on Saturday.

Location: Fairmont Hot Springs (1500 Fairmont Rd #9409, Anaconda, MT 59711)

Cost: $150 per participant (includes hotel & food)

Children/Spouses: Spouses and children are welcome! There will be an additional cost of $75 for the first additional guest (to cover the cost of the private room and their food). Each additional guest is $25 each (no additional charge for children under 13).

Please note that we will not be providing childcare during the event; You will be responsible for your children at all times. They are welcome to join us for meals and enjoy the amenities of the hotel during our sessions.

Schedule Overview

Friday, January 5:

  • 4-6:30pm – Checkin (Feel free to checkin and swim before we start with dinner!)
  • 6:30pm – Dinner for everyone, including spouses/kids
  • 7-9pm – Session 1 with Dr. James Pauley
  • 9-10pm – Closing Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration

Saturday, January 6:

  • 8-9am – Continental breakfast available for everyone, including spouses/kids
  • (Enjoy the morning to swim and relax)
  • 11:30am – Mass with Fr. Craig Hanley (open to everyone, including spouses/kids)
  • 12pm – Lunch for everyone, including spouses/kids
  • 1-3:30pm – Session 2 with Dr. James Pauley
  • 3:30pm – Closing prayer and wrap up
  • 4pm – Dismissal


Questions? Contact Kevin Molm at or 406.389.7055.

After the Retreat: Continuing Formation for Educators

Liturgical Catechesis Short Course
A series of four monthly webinars to continue the formation begun at the retreat with Dr. Pauley. Each webinar will consist of three discussions:  (1) a section of Dr. Pauley’s Liturgical Catechesis in the 21st Century; (2) a rich and relevant primary theological source (e.g., a sermon of St. Augustine; Sacrosanctum Concilium); a practical application.
Who is this for? This course will benefit priests, deacons, lay pastoral leaders (DREs, catechists, youth ministers), school religion teachers, and anyone responsible for handing on the faith (which includes all baptized adults)
Dates: Feb 6; Mar 5; Apr 2; May 7 (first Tuesday of each month)
Time: 7:00-8:15pm (tentative)
Cost: $25 (materials fee, includes Dr. Pauley’s book)
Questions: Contact Dr. Barrett at or 406-389-7054

An Invitation From Dr. Brian Barrett

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