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
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!
Echo Chicago is open to entering juniors and seniors in High School as well as graduating seniors and young adults. Due to space, overall balance of male/female ratio, and other factors, the camp is necessarily limited.
Young Adult Camp: June 14-17 Teen Camp: June 17-20 Young Adults are welcome to stay June 14-20 and help to lead the teen camp.
How do I apply for ECHO?
The application process for ECHO varies slightly for teens and young adults/adults. For more information on the application process for each age group, please click below.
Young Adult/Adult Application Process Step-By Step Guide (PDF) Teen Application Process Step-By Step Guide (PDF)
To begin the first step of the application process for young adults/adults, please click here. To begin the first step of the application process for teens, please click here. Click here to make your ECHO Early Bird payment.
The Respect Life Ministry will be traveling with Catholics from across the archdiocese to Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, April 3rd to lobby against legislation recently introduced by the Illinois state government that would violate the sacredness of life. Coach buses will leave from The National Shrine of Maximilain Kolbe at Marytown (1600 West Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048) at 6 a.m., St. John of the Cross Catholic Parish (5005 South Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558) at 5:45 a.m., and St. Damien Catholic Parish (5300 West 155th Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452) at 6:30 a.m. This excursion, which will cost $10, will last from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch and training will be provided by the Illinois Catholic Conference. For more information please contact Respect Life Ministries at 312.545.5355. Registration is available by visiting here. To download the flyer, click here.
Join us for the 2019 Youth Rally and Mass for Life prior to the March for Life Chicago on Sunday, January 13.
Expect fun-filled rally activities, energetic music, and inspiring talk led by Steve Angrisano. He is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve’s easy, honest style of ministry is born from who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ. The Youth Rally will then end with Mass for Life celebrated next door at Holy Name Cathedral.
Sunday, January 13 Door opens at 8 a.m. $10 per ticket
The Frances Xavier Warde Catholic School 751 North State Street Chicago, IL 60654
Join Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and priests from across the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as we petition the Lord to transform our society from a culture of death into a culture of life. The Mass for Life will be a sending forth to join the official March for Life Chicago held at the Federal Plaza in Chicago, IL.
Sunday, January 13 11 a.m.
Holy Name Cathedral 730 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
The Chastity Education Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity is providing an exciting 4-day pilgrimage opportunity to join the National March for Life in our nation’s capital.
We invite high school students, young adults, and adult Parishioners to join us and 500,000+ people from all over our country that gathers to march for life! From the Archdiocese of Chicago, we leave on Wednesday evening, January 16, 2019 and return on Sunday morning, January 20, 2019.
Register now to avail the $350 early bird price!!! Which includes the round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C. via motor coach, 2 nights at a beautiful hotel, and participation in all activities including the March for Life, time to tour Museums and Monuments, Youth Rally, and many other fun activities!
Many of our young people are experiencing hurts and confusion that stem from a profound lack of knowledge and security in our true identity as created in God’s image and likeness. Simply put, we have forgotten the immense love that God has for us and how wonderfully He has created us to love and be loved.
St. Pope John Paul II devoted his Wednesday audiences from 1979 to 1984 to present an in-depth biblical explanation of the mystery of marriage and human sexuality. It is these series of Wednesday audiences that is collectively known as the “Theology of the Body.” With this catechesis, we can begin to discover the very structure and deepest reality of our human identity. It is not only a teaching but a gentle yet bold invitation to begin to find our place in the cosmos and begin to penetrate the mystery of the Trinitarian God. The very moment we dive into this rich teaching of our Catholic Church, we will never see the world and our faith the same way again. This life changing catechesis is by no means a departure from the Church’s heritage, but an authentic development of it. Through the “Theology of the Body,” our teens, young adults, and families can discover, pursue, and live out their own individual call to love with Christ’s love.
If you want to learn more, we invite you to explore the “Theology of the Body” with us. Our young people are searching for answers to deep questions like, “Who am I?” and “Where am I called to go?” We recognize the need to bring forth resources to our Schools and Parishes (Catechetical Program, Family Ministry, Young Adults, and Youth Ministry), as well as to equip ourselves to be able to speak to young people with the lens of the “Theology of the Body.” Please visit our website regularly to be informed of Theology of the Body Events and Trainings in and around the Archdiocese of Chicago. And do let us know if you have a Theology of the Body Parish/School events that we can help promote. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know of the details. We look forward to hearing from you.
Teacher Catechetical Day - This is not your mother’s telephone: Helping your students to navigate our pornographic culture
Join the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, the Chastity Initiative, and Brian Butler for a day of learning that will educate attendees about this growing issue and how to address it with students on Friday, February 8 at St. Edward in Chicago. To download a flyer with more information, please click here. To register, please click here.
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that generates measurable life-saving results that will be taking place from Wednesday, September 26 through Thursday, November 4 of this year. This cross-denominational, faith-based effort is made up of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. Participation is encouraged in all aspects of this campaign. For those interested in participating in peaceful vigil, a prayer vigil will be taking place outside the local Planned Parenthood located at 1200 North LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL, every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additonal vigil opportunities can be found at www.40daysforlife.com/chicago, by downloading the 40 Days for Life App, or by contacting Hillary Halm at 847.276.7894.
There will be an opening Mass and kick-off event and closing event at Holy Trinity Church, 1118 North Noble Street, Chicago, IL 60642. The Mass and kick-off event will be on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. The closing Mass will be on Thursday, November 4 at 8 p.m. There is a large parking lot with easy parking.