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."
View the recorded 2022 Gratia Plena Camp talks below!
2023 Camp Dates: Sunday, June 11 - Thursday, June 15
2023 Camp Location: Camp Maria, Leonardtown, MD
Deadline to Register: Monday, May 29, 2023
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, this (nonrefundable) payment covers all other expenses for the camp.
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2023 Camp Speakers
What Women Are: Why the World Needs Your Feminine Genius
Mary Stanford earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Dallas and a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. Stanford is the author of The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage, and is an adjunct instructor in the Theology Department of Christendom College. Stanford is a popular speaker at conferences and dioceses across the country on topics including marriage, contraception, sexual differences, and the theology of the body. She lives in Front Royal, Virginia, with her husband and seven children.
Whose Reflection Do You See in the Mirror?
Stacey Sumereau’s unique journey spans performing in Broadway National Tours, to discerning religious life on Reality TV, to marriage and motherhood. Stacey founded and hosted the virtual Be Not Afraid Conference and the God’s Adventure Awaits Summit, serving over 20,000 people in 2020. Stacey hosts the popular Called and Caffeinated Podcast and YouTube show and has contributed to the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. In 2020 she wrote and taught the True North Discernment Course to people in 13 countries around the world. Stacey has written for Vocations and Prayer Magazine and Life News. She and her husband John are raising their four children (aged six and under) in the Washington, D.C. area. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress, and dioceses across the country encouraging young people to know their worth and to embrace God’s adventure.
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