WHY: The Reality

There is a need

Only 14% of Catholics say their faith is "the most important part" of their life.

Without a Christ filled life, we are witnessing many people lose their faith and leave the church.  Rather than simply letting people fall away from the church, we want to bring their existing faith to life. We need to help people make their faith the most important and fulfilling part of their life.

There is an opportunity

The need for spiritual renewal leads to opportunity. 

Responding within the gifts and charisms God has given to FacetoFace Ministries, we are embracing the challenge of leading people back to a vibrant faith.

"Challenges exist to be overcome! Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope-filled commitment. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary vigor!"  
—Evangelii Gaudium, 109



HOW: Grace of Conversion

Encounter

An authentic encounter with Christ has the power to change someone's life. 

Our life takes on new freedom and joy when we come to really know our loving God.  It is through such an encounter that we find the confidence and courage to make Christ the most important part of our life.

"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice of lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and decisive direction."
—Pope Benedict 

"I [Pope Francis] invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ."
— Evangelii Gaudium, 3

Inspire & Embrace

After an encounter with Christ, we need to be inspired to embrace the call to be saints.

As Pope Francis writes in the Joy of the Gospel, our goal is to "help them experience a conversion which will restore the joy of faith to their hearts and inspire a commitment to the Gospel."
—Evangelii Gaudium, 14

"The faith-encounter with the person of Jesus Christ is a relationship with him, 'remembering him' (in the Eucharist) and, through the grace of the Spirit, having in us the mind of Jesus Christ."  
—Lineamenta of the 2012 Synod Assembly, 11



WHAT: Changing Lives

We provide the opportunity for encounter

71% of young people in Canada engaged in their faith reported their faith came alive at a camp, mission, or retreat. FacetoFace provides opportunities to encounter Christ and embrace the call to be saints through retreats, camps, conferences, and the events we offer.  As youth participate in events, they encounter Christ in the Sacraments, moments of prayer, truth proclaimed in talks, event leaders, and other participants. With a new sense of life and purpose, people are sent home to continue living this incredible life in Christ; and they do it. Studies show that 7/10 people continue to be engaged in their faith after participating in a retreat, camp, or mission.

FacetoFace Ministries Programming:

Each of our programs are designed for people to encounter Christ and embrace the call to be saints.

FacetoFace Ministries is a multi-facetted Catholic Ministry. We challenge people to holiness by living and proclaiming the fullness of the Catholic faith.  Our many branches include:

• Bus Trip
• Ignite Camps
• United Conference
• School Retreats
• Family Faith Evenings
• Speaking engagements
• Diocesan Youth Conferences/Rallies
• Various other events



WHO: Get Involved

Play an active role in the necessary work of evangelization.

We are not alone in this incredible endeavor. We firmly believe the grace we witness is due to prayers of many spiritual and financial partners on earth, as well as Mary and the saints in heaven.

In addition to prayers, we need monthly income to help us provide sustainable programs where people encounter Christ.  Most of our programs lose money and thus we rely on our donors to continue this great work God has given us. Please consider becoming an active partner in the work of evangelization by becoming a monthly donor.

"Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others
—Evangelii Gaudium, 39

The Ministry

Vision

That all people encounter Christ and embrace the call to be saints.

Mission

Challenging people to holiness by living and proclaiming the fullness of the Catholic Faith. FacetoFace Ministries is a Catholic Evangelization ministry. Living in the spirit of the new evangelization, we provide opportunities for all people, especially Catholics, to encounter Christ through the programs we offer. Such programs include:
  • FacetoFace Parish Missions and Youth Retreats
  • FacetoFace Ignite Summer Camps
  • FacetoFace Bus Trip
  • FacetoFace United Conference
  • FacetoFace School Retreats
  • Individual Speaking, and more

Values

Through faith, hope, and love we live by the following values:

 

Docility
Relying on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 1:8 - Ephesians 3:16-17 - CCC 736-737 -

Obedience
Ministering within the magisterial teaching of the Church.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:15 - CCC 889-890 -

Humility
Recognizing the gift it is to serve, integrating our thoughts and actions with humility.
- Matthew 23:12 - Psalm 149:4 - CCC 2554 -

Christ-centered Relationships
Building relationships with those we serve wherein Christ is present.
- Matthew 5:16 - 1 Peter 3:15 - CCC 2044 -

Commitment to keeping the individual’s best interests ahead of the ministry.
- 1 Peter 2:17 - Ephesians 6:7-9 - CCC 1889, 1892 -

Excellence
Striving for excellence in everything to bring glory to God.
- Philippians 4:8-9 - Matthew 5:48 - CCC 2013 -

Authenticity in Christ
Striving for sanctity in all that we do. Supporting individuals to follow Christ’s calling for their lives.
- 1 Peter 1:13-16 - CCC 1828 -

Teamwork
Working cooperatively and effectively as a ministry to foster trust, make decisions, and accomplish goals.
- Ephesians 4:2 - CCC 947-948 - CCC 2236 -

Unity
Fostering a life giving community with those we serve and partner with.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12 - John 17:22 - CCC 1878 -

The FacetoFace Team



STAFF TEAM

Jon Courchene

Executive Director / School Retreats

Jon is originally from Lanigan, Saskatchewan. After graduation Jon spent four years doing various types of youth ministry, including two years as a Deanery Youth Ministries Coordinator in the Diocese of Prince Albert. With a renewed desire for retreat ministry, Jon joined FacetoFace Ministries in 2007.  After completing a Bachelors degree in Social Work, Jon began working full time with FacetoFace. He is now the Executive Director and co-leads the FacetoFace School Retreats.

Dan Brulé

Director of Stewardship & Finances

After being raised on a farm near Albertville, Saskatchewan, he moved to Saskatoon and graduated from Electronics Systems Engineering Technician and Electrician programs at SIAST. In 2003 Dan began to volunteer his time with FacetoFace Ministries. During that time Dan worked for CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) & Altemira Engineering. In 2010 Dan joined FacetoFace Ministries.



PROGRAMMING

Ryan Mitchell

School Retreats Co-leader

Having been raised in an agnostic household, Ryan was first introduced to Christ through Our Lady of Victory Camp in central Alberta – only an hour from his home town of Innisfail. His faith was sparked as a fourteen year old counsellor; and now, as a young adult, that same faith has developed into a deep and meaningful relationship with Christ. Since joining the Church in 2011, God has continuously used Ryan’s gifts and talents of public speaking, musicianship and relational ministry to serve His kingdom. After serving a year with Net Ministries of Canada, trailered by a year with Pure Witness Ministries, Ryan has eagerly accepted God’s calling and joined the FacetoFace School Retreat Team.

Dan Richard

School Retreats Co-leader

Dan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in a home environment which was very centered on faith, music, and family, and was trained on many musical instruments. Through witnessing friends and family members strive for greatness in evangelization, Dan has also developed a desire to give of himself to the evangelization of youth. After coming to truly love and embrace God and his faith three years ago, Dan has pursued and accepted the increase of his passion for youth evangelization through music and speaking. Following a year of full time ministry with NET Canada, Dan began his work with FacetoFace in July 2016.

Erin McQuaid

Bus Trip Director

Erin grew up in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. While completing a Bachelor of Music and a Baccalauréat en éducation (teaching) at the University of Alberta, she was involved extensively in youth and young adult ministry. After teaching for two years in Alberta, she served for two years with NET ministries as a full-time missionary in both Ireland and Canada. She then moved to Saskatoon and continued teaching. In October 2013 she joined the Face to Face team as Director of the Bus Trip.  Erin is passionate about sharing the faith with people in a meaningful and personal way. She particularly enjoys working with young people and encouraging them in their pursuit of holiness. 



SPEAKERS
FacetoFace Youth Retreats typically include at least two of the following speakers

Jon Courchene

Jon has been speaking at youth rallies, retreats, and in schools since 2004.  He brings the gospel message and Catholic faith to life through personal experiences and contemplative stories.  His spirit filled keynotes are easy to listen to and leave people with solid Catholic teaching.  Jon generally concludes his keynotes with an impacting prayer experience.

To book Jon as a speaker or along with FacetoFace Ministries contact him here

Chris O’Hara

Chris was born and raised in Halifax, NS. He obtained his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University before moving to Saskatchewan to work full time at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK. Chris is passionate about spreading the Gospel, and has served with many ministries over the years such as Catholic Christian Outreach, Franciscan University of Steubenville, LifeTeen, and more. In addition to his full-time work at St. Therese, Chris is a speaker with FacetoFace Ministries specializing in topics of evangelization, discipleship, Catholic spirituality, and men’s ministry. Chris is currently pursuing his MA in Theology from Augustine Institute in Denver, CO.

To book Chris as an individual speaker, or as part of a FacetoFace Youth Retreat, contact himself or Jon Courchene.

Matt Nelson

Matt was born and raised in Shaunavon, SK, where he currently lives with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Anna. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Regina and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Along with working full time as a Chiropractor, Matt is a speaker and writer for FacetoFace Ministries, specializing in the topics of apologetics and evangelization. He is also currently Religious Education Coordinator at Christ the King Parish.

Visit Matt's blog at www.reasonablecatholic.com

To book Matt as a speaker or along with FacetoFace Ministries contact himself or Jon Courchene

Ryan Mitchell

Having been raised in an agnostic household, Ryan was first introduced to Christ through Our Lady of Victory Camp in central Alberta – only an hour from his home town of Innisfail. His faith was sparked as a fourteen year old counsellor; and now, as a young adult, that same faith has developed into a deep and meaningful relationship with Christ. Since joining the Church in 2011, God has continuously used Ryan’s gifts and talents of public speaking, musicianship and relational ministry to serve His kingdom. After serving a year with Net Ministries of Canada, followed by a year with Pure Witness Ministries, Ryan eagerly accepted God’s calling and joined FacetoFace Ministries in 2014.

The History

The Beginnings

It all began in 1999 with a small youth retreat led by Ken Yasinski and a few friends. The 30 participants were tremendously impacted by their encounter with Christ and many of their lives were changed.  Another community heard about what had happened and requested a youth retreat of their own, and the fruits continued.  By 2002 numerous parishes were calling for youth retreats and a more formal retreat team was formed. This team, led by Ken, travelled across the Prairie Provinces leading youth retreats in Catholic Parishes about every second weekend during the school year.

The Transition

As the weekend retreats continued to flourish, the ministry began to feel God was calling to reach out beyond those retreats.  Additional financial resources were needed to respond to this call and in 2006 FacetoFace Ministries became a registered Canadian charity. A financial support team began to be formed, more support staff were hired, the ministry team increased in number, and new projects of evangelization were started. In 2007 the Holy Spirit led the ministry to start the first Ignite Summer Camp and begin overseeing the Northern Lights for Christ Bus Trip. This was also the year that the ministry lead it's first overseas mission to Kolkata, India. Over the next few years FacetoFace began leading School Retreats and hosting an annual United Conference. During this time Ken’s gifting as a speaker grew and so did the demand for individual speaking engagements. In 2014 Ken followed God’s leading away from FacetoFace and into full time speaking at Catholicspeaker.com, allowing both him and FacetoFace to focus on growing in their unique charisms.

Present Day

FacetoFace Ministries is now a multi-faceted Catholic ministry of evangelization reaching out primarily to youth. We offer a variety of services to the Church of Western Canada, including weekend Youth Retreats, Ignite Summer Camps, Bus Trips, United Conference, School Retreats, Confirmation Retreats, individual speaking engagements, and more.  All of our events strive to help people encounter Christ and embrace the call to be saints (FacetoFace Vision).