January 13-15, 2023

Winter is tough.  So is high school.  So join us for a winter retreat this January!

Discover God's plan for love and life!

The Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens (TOBIT) retreat will tentatively be held Friday, January 13th through Sunday, January 15th at Big Sandy Camp near McGregor, MN.  

Join us for a weekend retreat as we delve deep into Saint Pope John Paul II's teaching on Theology of the Body.  We will delve into some of the deepest questions of human existence, including:

* What is the meaning of Life?
* Why did God create us male and female?
* What kind of joys await us in heaven?
* Why is there evil and how do we overcome it?
* How do we experience the love we long for?

Mass - Talks - Adoration - Praise & Worship - Confession - Games - Sledding - Bonfire - Friends - Small Groups!

There will be one track this year for all participants.

Time: Check-in 5:45pm-6:20pm Friday. Retreat begins at 6:30pm.  Check-out 12:00pm NOON Sunday (The end time changed.  We will e-mail all participants the new time and resend the packing list letter by January 12th)

Cost: $175.  The deposit is $50.  The balance will be paid in the week prior to the retreat (you will set up an automatic payment plan if you choose not to pay in full during registration).

Flyer: Click here to view and print!

Special guest speaker this year is Katie Prejean McGrady who often speaks at Steubenville Conferences!

REGISTRATION opened Thursday, October 13th.  Please read registration information below before registering using the link below.

Diocese of Duluth Student Registration: 

Important Notes on Registration:  
1. At this time, TOBIT is only available to students in Grades 9-12 who live within in the boundaries of the Diocese of Duluth. We are not able to invite those living outside of our diocese because space is limited and we have more students interested in the retreat from our diocese than can attend. Thank you for understanding. 

2.  When you register, you will make a password.  Please remember this password and the e-mail address you used to register so you are able to log back in to check your balance, make payments, and register for future diocesan events.

3.  When you register, you will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail from  
If you do not receive an automatic registration confirmation e-mail from, please check your e-mail junk box and if it's not there, e-mail Annette Merritt to make sure we have your correct e-mail address and to make sure your child is registered.  Thank you!  The registration confirmation letter for TOBIT 2023 which includes the packing list and times are included as a link in the registration confirmation e-mail.
4.  A non-refundable $50 deposit will be collected during registration. If your parish has given you a scholarship/fundraising code, please enter it during registration.  If you forget, please contact Annette Merritt.  All payments are due by January 2nd. A refund of all but the $50 deposit may be available until January 2nd.  You may substitute someone else to fill your place until January 2nd.  After that date, you may not have a substitute attend in your place.  Substitutes may be limited by gender as we get closer to the retreat start date.  If you are ill or test positive for COVID, please let us know as soon as you can that you are unable to attend and we will refund your fee.

6.  Students may not have their cell phone with them during the day at TOBIT.  They are only allowed to check in with PARENTS on their cell phones at night.  Phones are available in case of emergency.  If you need to get a hold of us, there is a note and phone numbers on the packing letter you will receive as a link in your confirmation e-mail.

7.  Parents should register their teens as all permission forms/waivers are completed during online registration.  You can log in with your name and make a password, but please register using your child's name for the "Participant" and not the parent's name.  Thank you! 

Parents: Ready to register your teen?  Click here!

Adult Staff/Chaperones:  You must be approved by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry before registering.  Then, Adult staff can click here to register!


Updated 1/11/23

Father Michael Schmitz

Heather Serena
[email protected]

Annette Merritt
[email protected]

Diocese of Duluth
Youth/Young Adults
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Fax: 218-724-1056


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