BCYC Encounter

Join other youth groups from all over the nation for an inspiring Catholic Youth Conference on Benedictine College's beautiful campus in Atchison, Kansas.

Conference Dates: June 14-16, 2024

BCYC Encounter is a weekend Catholic youth conference built for parish and diocesan groups on Benedictine College's campus! Parishes from around the country bring their teens to Encounter for a conference experience uniquely different from others available today. It's a dynamic weekend of faith, fellowship and fun, filled with prayer, small groups, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments, plus energizing activities like bubble soccer and water games.

Make a lasting difference in your Youth Ministry!

A speaker on stage at BCYC Encounter

Be Inspired by Speakers from All Walks of Life.

A BCYC Encounter participant asks a question during a speaker presentation

A speaker on stage at BCYC Encounter

BCYC benediction in the Abbey

Grow Closer to Christ with Prayer and the Sacraments.

BCYC men's bible study circle outside

BCYC participants listen to a presentation in Guadalupe Chapel

BCYC  participants playing pass-the-water game

Together, Have the Time of Your Lives!

BCYC participants playing a ball game

BCYC close up of two students in a game with inflatable bubble-soccer ball

“Even though I felt like I was helping facilitate a experience for my teens to encounter Christ and grow in their faith, I still felt ministered to as an adult leader.” - Summer 2021 Group Leader


Cost: $175.00 / participant

Scholarships are available!

2024 Speakers

At BCYC Encounter, youth will be inspired by Catholic speakers from all walks of life. Our Summer 2024 speakers include:

Lillian Fallon

Lillian Fallon

Braden Johnson

Braden Johnson

A Unique Catholic Youth Conference

BCYC Encounter is a true experience of Benedictine spirituality at a Newman Guide Recommended school with the highest rated Ministry program in the nation.

In addition to infusing Benedictine spirituality into BCYC Encounter, we are also tailoring the conference to the needs of Generation Z. While students will hear from great Catholic speakers, they will also engage with the Monks, our Missionaries and each other to make Encounter and experience that is meaningful to them. We are working to make prayer and their faith accessible and relatable to teens today in a way that no other youth conference is doing.

  1. Community: Intentional small group time with questions and group leader tips to help your teens create a strong bond.
  2. Simplicity: An experience of adoration that will help teens encounter Christ in the Eucharist in a real and tangible way and launch them into a deeper prayer life.
  3. Stability: Teens will learn to pray from the Monks of St. Benedict's Abbey and be sent home with the tools they need to have a consistent prayer life (and Youth Ministers will get the tools they need to help them!)

Media Kit & Promotion

2024 Media Kit will be posted shortly!