Eagle Eye Ministries

Summer Institutes

The world needs saints…

deepen your Catholic Faith

explore profound questions

discover joy

forge lasting friendships with other young Catholics

… the world needs YOU!




What We Do

Intellectual & Cultural Formation

  • 2 Hours Philosophy Daily
  • 2 Hours Theology Daily
  • Choir
  • Theater
  • Talent Shows

Spiritual Formation

  • Mass
  • Adoration
  • Lectio Divina
  • Divine Office
  • Rosary
  • Confession & Spiritual Direction
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • All-Night Adoration

Human Formation

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Sports
  • Campfires
  • Swimming

Eagle Eye Ministries

Summer Institutes

June 13 to 21 | Ohio Teen Institute

For questions about registration, contact Christine (christine.friedrich@gmail.com)

We’re so excited to grow closer to Christ with all of you this summer!

Dear Eagle Eye Parents and Participants,

TEENS, 16-18 years old and already strong in their Catholic Faith, are invited to a deepening of that faith during the 2020 Eagle Eye Summer Institute in Maria Stein, OH! Come join us on an eight-day summer session full of fun, friendship, recreation, prayer, and study. Led by the Brothers and Sisters of St. John, we are dedicated to helping you make this experience the best it can be!

After 15 years of housing our institute at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH, the retreat house has closed to overnight programs. We pray for the continued guidance of Our Blessed Mother as we find our new home at Maria Stein Retreat Center located in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

This summer, our classes focus on our theme “The Pursuit of Goodness: What About it Makes Life Worth Living?“. Our study theme, along with daily Mass, Offices, and a Holy Hour, gives teens time to grow closer to Christ. We encourage you to take this opportunity to know God and discover His plan for you.

We will welcome all participants on Saturday evening, June 13th, at The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein in Maria Stein, Ohio. Please arrive between 6 and 6:30 p.m. No dinner will be served on Saturday, but we will offer ample snacks/dessert during the evening.

Our website registration link asks for completion of our form needed for registration (please submit as soon as possible but before May 12). Christine Friedrich is our registration coordinator. Delicious meals, comfortable lodging, camping fees, and study materials, as well as travel and expenses for the team of religious are included in the non-refundable registration fee of $375 (Checks to be made out to Eagle Eye Ministries). Please note – a discount will automatically be applied when multiple teens in the same family are registered together.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. When registering, please be sure to indicate if your family has a tent that you are willing to share. Eagle Eye will begin with an overnight hiking and camping trip. The Eagle Eye experience will end on Sunday, June 21, with Mass at 11:30am, followed by a potluck lunch. We invite your family to join us on Sunday for Mass and the lunch. We ask you to please bring a dish to share. Beverages, table settings, and condiments will be provided. Last year, we were blessed with 40 young people attending Eagle Eye as well as the various volunteers, so there will be many hungry people. Your help in preparing a main dish to pass (ex. chicken, casserole, etc.) is greatly appreciated. As any veteran of potlucks will tell you, remember to label your dishes! If you have any questions or are willing to help coordinate the potluck lunch, please contact Kathy Kimar before May 24th at (330) 904-2279.

We are fortunate to have many volunteers helping to organize the Eagle Eye Summer Institute. We are grateful for those who have willingly donated time and/or food to make this retreat possible. We always welcome the assistance of volunteers. We plan to reach out to the parents of all participants in a few months as we realize our needs at the new location. We look forward to seeing you at our 2020 Eagle Eye Teen Summer Institute in June! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us throughout this endeavor!

Ohio Teen “Mama Eagles”
Miss Rachael Mathiott
Email: rachaelmathiott@gmail.com
Mrs. Heather Sekerak
Email: heateds2@gmail.com
Phone: (609) 694-7359

Director, Eagle Eye Summer Institutes
Mrs. Kathy Kimar
Email: kathykimar@gmail.com

Who: Ages 16-18+
Location: The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein in Maria Stein, Ohio
Cost: $375 (paid online $379.75).
No refunds after May 1
For registration questions, please contact Registration Coordinator:
Christine Friedrich
Email: christine.friedrich.4@gmail.com
Phone: (484) 998-8533

June 18 to 28 | Alaska Young Adult Institute

This program accepts only 20 participants. 

Sign up NOW to reserve your spot

Join the Brothers and Sisters of St. John and other Catholic young adults June 18-28 and discover God in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. The days take the rhythm of the liturgical observances of the Community of St. John. Everyone will spend two full days hiking and camping in different, pristine wilderness locations. We will spend another two days finishing the first half of the institute with an overnight backpacking adventure on Crow Pass Trail, part of the historic Iditarod trail.

Please be aware, the hiking we will partake in consists of highly strenuous, technical routes such as crossing boulder fields. At times, we will hike without marked trails (back-country) and on uneven terrain with steep elevation gains for several hours. Additionally, participants should be able to carry a backpack filled with personal and group gear weighing about 40 pounds while hiking. At different points during the hike the weather conditions can range from 80 degrees and sunny to 30 degrees and sleet. There is no cell phone service. The camp sites have no facilities. You must be in shape and fit enough to walk steeply uphill, continuously for 3 miles, carrying a 40 pound backpack. A good attitude is required.

When we return from the wilderness, we will continue our institute at Holy Spirit Center, on the hillside overlooking Anchorage. The days are dynamic and thought-provoking. We will explore this year’s theme: “The Pursuit of Goodness: What About it Makes Life Worth Living?”. This is your chance to discern your place as a young adult in the church as well as to search for truth and why it is important. Participants can expect to share a bedroom with another person and to use shared bathrooms. Meals will be provided.

If you have any questions please email Ilona and Michael via eagleeyealaska@gmail.com

July 18 to 26 | Princeville Teen Institute

Cast off the distractions of your life and learn to soar with Eagle Eye!

We invite teens, ages 16-18, to embark on an 8 day summer session full of fun, friendship, recreation, prayer, and study. Our retreat will be on the monastery grounds of the Community of St. John in Princeville, IL and is led by Brothers and Sisters of St. John. For 16 summers, young people have gathered at the Eagle Eye Teen Summer Institute in Princeville, Illinois to search for what is most profound – God.

This summer, our classes will focus on the theme “The Pursuit of Goodness: What About it Makes Life Worth Living?“.  The classes, along with Mass, the Divine Office, and a Holy Hour each day, give teens the opportunity to grow closer to Christ and be formed in the truths of the faith. Campfires, sports, and recreation offer a chance to form deep friendships with other teens dedicated to growing in holiness.

We would love for you to join us this summer. We are limiting our acceptance to 35 young people, so please reserve your spot early! Delicious meals, lodging, camping fees, and study materials, as well as travel and expenses for the team of religious are included in the registration fee of $330. Please note – a discount will automatically be applied when multiple teens in the same family are registered together.

 If you have any questions about registration, please email Christine Friedrich via christine.friedrich.4@gmail.com

August 1 to 9 | Midwest Young Adult Institute

Sign up NOW to reserve your spot

We are eager to enter the twelfth year offering the Eagle Eye Summer Institute for Young Adults.  Eagle Eye is different than any other young adult retreat. Father Nathan Cromly of the Community of St. John launched Eagle Eye sixteen years ago with the idea to go as deep and as intense as we possibly can at all levels: prayer, formation, friendship, and Christian living. This program is destined to give those who want it, a taste of what it means to be truly Catholic and in love with Christ. For eight days, young adults, already strong in the understanding and practice of their faith, challenge themselves to a deeper appreciation and awareness of that faith.

The location was selected to meet the needs of young adults in a wide geographic area. The Institute was formerly held in Cincinnati, Ohio. For 2020, our Institute begins on Saturday, August 1st, with an invigorating outdoor experience. After a two day scenic adventure hiking through Indiana’s rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines, we will continue our journey at Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality through Sunday, August 9th. Come and experience the natural beauty and solitude of nature found at this southern Indiana retreat center situated on 400 acres. Sit by the lake, walk the trails, and view beauty in God’s creation.
While at the retreat center, our classes focus on this year’s “The Pursuit of Goodness: What About it Makes Life Worth Living?”  The young adult participants will be led in Philosophy and Theology classes by religious from the Community of St. John, along with holy Mass, prayer, adoration, recreation and quiet time as part of the daily schedule.

Please contact Kathy via kathykimar@gmail.com with any questions.