It is with great joy that we announce our upcoming eighth annual summer of ECHO Retreats! ECHO is sure to be an adventure through the wilderness of our hearts, revealing both beautiful and rugged terrain. The excursion is sure to be both fun and challenging, with the finish being guaranteed by our Savior to be one of "abundant life" (Jn 10:10). No matter where you are or where you have been, we are excited that you are interested and look forward to sharing this unique experience with you... one during which we are pretty confident God is going to surprise you with His dramatic and ridiculously deep love for... YOU. Registration for ECHO 2017 will open in the spring, so please stay tuned for more information!
Maryhill Renewal Center - Pineville, LA
Young Adults Only: July 21-26, 2017
Registration Cost: $499.00
*Echo Cenla (short for Central Louisiana) is for young adults only. There is no "weekend only" option for ECHO Cenla.
Register for ECHO Cenla:
ECHO New Orleans 2018
We are grateful to God for an amazing experience at ECHO New Orleans this summer! Check back soon for more details about ECHO New Orleans 2018!
General Scholarship Fund:
Please consider financially supporting teens and young adults who need assistance in covering the ECHO registration cost. There are many young people who have a desire to attend, but are not able to due to financial constraints.
Please also consider helping us bring joyful witnesses who are pursuing and living out their vocations as priests, sisters, and seminarians!
ECHO Promo Video
The Echo International Scholarship Fund (EISF) was created in honor of Shauna Banet, who journeyed from her home in Ireland to attend ECHO in the summer of 2016. Only a few weeks after returning home, she tragically died at the age of 17. We recognize the dignity of her life and want to allow her legacy to benefit others through this scholarship fund. Shauna, along with two others, fundraised for over a year in order to be able to attend ECHO. Their determination and openness to receive was an inspiration to all at the camp.
We are happy to launch the ECHO International Scholarship Fund (EISF) which exists to first help international participants be able to attend an experience of ECHO and to receive the teaching of the Theology of the Body, which is not offered to many of them in their respective countries. If no international participants apply, or if there are still finances available, the fund is then extended to any young person who is in need of financial assistance in order to attend ECHO.
You may APPLY for the scholarship or GIVE to the scholarship by clicking the corresponding links.
What is ECHO?
ECHO is a Theology of the Body Camp. At ECHO, we dive into, unpack, and process the themes of prayer, our identity, and our mission to love. We are all created to be in personal relationship with GOD, and each of us are created as a unique, unrepeatable man or woman with a vocation to love like GOD. At ECHO, we dive into questions like: What does it mean to be a man or woman? What does it mean to be a son/daughter, brother/sister, spouse, father/mother? What does it mean to really love like GOD? How can dating become a life-giving experience? What does it mean to have authentic, pure, life-giving relationships? And...so much more!
What do you do at ECHO?
ECHO is known for being awesomely spontaneous! We follow God wherever He leads us, but some things you can expect to do are:
- Listen to Inspiring Talks and have really great discussions
- Go Hiking or Swimming
- Have some awesome one-on-one time with Jesus
- Jam out to Live Music and maybe share your gifts and talents
- Engage your competitive spirit in some awesome games and sports
- Receive God's amazing gift of mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation
- Attend Daily Mass and receive Jesus...every day!
- and...experience the Love of God and a community like you've never experienced before!
So, join the Dumb Ox team and a stellar crew of young adult mentors for a week you’ll never forget!
Who can go to ECHO?
Echo New Orleans and Echo Chicago are open to entering Juniors and Seniors in High School as well as graduating seniors and young adults. Echo Cenla (a nickname for "Central Louisiana", where the retreat is held) is only open to those young adults who have been out of high school for at least one full year. Due to space, overall balance or male/female ratio, and other factors, the camps are necessarily limited. Everyone who applies will be considered, but not all may be accepted for this summer's camps. Echo 2016 applications will be posted on February 1, 2016. In the meantime, stay connected with us for ongoing updates about ECHO and other opportunities to grow in your faith and in pursuit of the vocation that God has for you.
What do ECHO alumni have to say about it?
When can I register?
Registration for ECHO 2017 is now open!