Gratia Plena Camp

"I am not afraid. I was born to do this."

- St. Joan of Arc

Designed to teach young women grades 9-12 about the truths of the Catholic faith, and so equip them to combat the toxic forces of feminism in our culture, the Gratia Plena camp is an overnight retreat that is built upon the three pillars of spiritual formation, education, and fellowship. The camp's itinerary consists of talks, given by Catholic women from all walks of life, and guided small-group discussions.

 

Gratia Plena is intended not just to teach, but to build fellowship and to ignite young women with the joy of the Catholic faith, incorporating plenty of time where attendees can explore the beautiful surroundings and build strong friendships.

Most importantly, the Gratia Plena camp is a full immersion into the rich beauty of the Catholic faith. Each day is anchored by the Sacraments. Daily Mass is celebrated each morning and the sacrament of Confession and Eucharistic Adoration are made available every evening.

 

Attendees depart the Gratia Plena camp armed with the truths of faith necessary to stand their ground, and inspired to fulfill their role as women in our Church, and to be "Sentinels of the Invisible."

See the list of 2022 Gratia Plena Camp speakers below.

 

2023 Camp Dates: TBA

2023 Camp Location: TBA

Deadline to Register: TBA

Cost to attend: Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to cover two thirds of the cost of attending the Gratia Plena camp for each girl. We ask each family to pay the remaining $200, which covers all expenses for the camp. 

Interested in serving as a counselor for the Gratia Plena Camp?

Contact us to learn more!

2022 Speakers

Jessica Kramer

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Jessica Kramer hails from Cleveland, Ohio, but currently resides in the charming Hallmark town of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 


She is an online video reporter with Media Research Center, a freelance opinion writer, and recently started a budding YouTube channel. 

Jessica is a former protestant and graduated from Liberty University with a Government degree. Being a Catholic convert, she is very passionate about Catholicism and is deeply interested in contributing the intra-conservative debate on political theology, as well as all things related to the masculine and feminine. 

Kelly Marcum

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Kelly is the founder and President of Gratia Plena Institute. She studied International Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and received her M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London. ​

While studying at Georgetown University, Kelly watched many of her peers suffer from the distorted views of the modern feminist movement, and felt called to teach young women about authentic femininity and the Catholic vision for women in the culture. Kelly speaks frequently on the feminine genius and living out the Catholic faith in a secularized culture. Her writing has been featured in The National Catholic Register, The Catholic ExchangeThe American ConservativeThe Federalist, and The Washington Examiner

Kelly is tremendously blessed to be married to a wonderful man who always ensures her car's oil is changed and that she regularly gets to Confession. They live with their two sons in Virginia.

Rachel Harkins Ullmann

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Rachel serves as the Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to activate the gifts of young adult women for the Church and for the world.  Prior to joining GIVEN, Rachel worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for over twelve years supporting parishes and schools with their advancement efforts. Rachel has also taught theology courses in Catholic schools and served as Campus Minister at Mount de Sales Academy under the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she majored in Theology and Catechetics and obtained her Masters in Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Rachel is a harpist and has traveled to Australia, Israel, and all over Europe (favorite cities being Rome, Lourdes, and Fatima). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mother Mary Lange Guild for Canonization and the St. Kateri Conservation Center.  Her greatest source of joy is her husband Tony and her children, Evangeline, Cooper, and Theodore.

In the News

"All Saints parishioner hosts Gratia Plena camp for girls"

Read more in the Arlington Catholic Herald on the 2022 Gratia Plena Camp.

"In an Age of Toxic Femininity, Gratia Plena Camp Offers Authentic Womanhood'

Read more in The National Catholic Register's article on the 2021 Gratia Plena Camp.