Hello All! I am currently the Youth Director for Santa Teresita YCC. A little about myself; I love chocolate everything, swimming on Lake Kaweah and my 2 fur babies! I been married to my best-friend for 6 years and we call the Central Valley our home.
I am very blessed to say that my journey of 16 years in Youth Ministry and God’s grace, have lead me to this moment and to this beautiful place. I’ve had the joy of beginning my journey at an early age and with numerous opportunities of growth along the way, from interning at the Diocese of Fresno to being part of the staff at Santa Teresita YCC. I graduated from California State University in Fresno with a degree in Family and Consume Science, I also have several certificates in faith formation from University of Norte Dame, McGrath Institute for Church Life. I am looking forward to continuing my growth through a Masters Degree in Theology.
My awe of the Lord continues to be limitless and it brings me cheer to see the Holy Spirit sparking fire in the hearts of our young people. Their stories are part of God’s narrative and there is no greater joy than to know you belong and are loved unconditionally. To this day, what brings me the most happiness is the conclusion of each retreat, not because the retreat ends, but because I get to experience first hand the transformation of each young person and be a witness to their encounter with Christ.
Hi guys! I’m Sam and I am the Retreat Coordinator here at STYCC. I come from a blended family with 6 siblings and have been blessed with 30 nieces and nephews! I think it goes without saying that family is very important to me! I attended Holy Names University in pursuit of my Psychology degree and took a break to help support my family when my father was diagnosed with B Cell Lymphoma. I hope to start up again soon and also pursue a degree in Ministry. I was an Instructional Assistant for what is now the AcCEL Program for seven years with Tulare County Office of Education before making the transition to Santa Teresita; people with special needs will always have a place in my heart!
I served in Youth Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena in Dinuba for ten years, and was involved with events at the Diocesan level, and it was such a wonderful and life-changing experience. I am so thankful for the people and opportunities I have met and been given because without them, I would not be who I am and where I am today. I love being a part of the staff here and interacting with the young people and supportive leaders who come here.
Assistant Retreat Coordinator
Hello everyone! I am the Assistant Retreat Coordinator at Santa Teresita. I am the oldest of 3 boys and I have many hobbies. I like to go to the movies, my favorite sport is soccer, I like to play the guitar, dance and enjoy being outdoors with nature. I am currently planning to go back to school to get my degree and license as a Physical Therapy Assistant and hope to one day make my way up to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
I have been involved in Ministry since 2015 and it all started when I lived a retreat called an Encuentro that is held by the only young adult movement in the Diocese of Fresno called Encuentros de Promocion Juvenil (EPJ). Since then, I have continually taken many formation classes and have served on the team that oversees EPJ in Fresno for 4 years now and I am ending my last term as the coordinator. Since being in EPJ, I have served the Diocese of Fresno many times and have served in multiple confirmation retreats and young adult retreats.
Seeing the Lord work and show his never-ending love to spark something in the hearts of the youth and young adults who come here to live a retreat is something amazing. That is why the staff and I work hard to create memorable and insightful experiences for all groups and ensure that they have a positive impact for all.
Site and Activities Coordinator
Hello! My name is Kevin Hernandez and I am the site and activities coordinator for Santa Teresita. I am also part of the music team here. I volunteered at Santa Teresita from 2017-2019 and have been working here since 2020. I am the oldest of four and currently attending Reedley College and working on my AA-T in music. I am hoping to transfer to UCLA in 2022 to major in Music Composition. I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful staff. We are working hard to give everyone the best experience possible. We are here to serve our young people!
St. Anthony Retreat Center Staff
Msgr. John Griesbach
Msgr. John Griesbach is a priest of the Diocese of Fresno, ordained in 1976. He is a former high school teacher, vocation director, seminary vice rector, pastor, and has served as Executive Director of St. Anthony Retreat Center since October 4, 2003.
Father Rod L. Craig
Father Rod L. Craig was born in Wasco CA to Tom Craig and Dona Baughman, the oldest of four boys. Reared in Wasco he entered Ryan Preparatory College in Fresno, the High School seminary of the Diocese of Fresno staffed by the Jesuits, as a high school Sophomore. He attended The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH for college receiving his BA in Religious Studies. He completed his seminary formation at Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Fr Rod has served as a parish priest in Fresno, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Atwater and Easton, taught religion to Juniors and Seniors at San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno. He now serves as Chaplain at St Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in Three Rivers. In May of 2016 he complete his training as a Spiritual Director at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Fr Rod has been assigned to the retreat center since 2013.
Sister Danielle Witt
Sister Danielle Witt has been the Associate Director here at St. Anthony Retreat for the past nine years. She is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international community of Catholic Sisters. Originally from the Midwest, near St. Louis, MO., she has served as a junior high and high school teacher, a director of religious education, a missionary in Honduras, Central America for ten years where she became fluent in Spanish, a novice director for her community both in Honduras and in the U.S, as well as a retreat director and administrator of a retreat center in Kentucky. Sr. Danielle has a Masters in Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and has been a spiritual director for over 20 years.
Director of Business & Operations
Mike has been with The Retreat Center since September of 2013. He currently serves as the Business Manager/Director of Operations for both, St. Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center. He comes from a vast background in business, ministry and firefighting. He has served and coordinated over 100 different camps in his ministry career which included being an Executive Pastor at a large church in Visalia. His business background includes 15 years in a family hardware business and Operations Pastor at Visalia Assembly of God. He calls Three Rivers his home in which his firefighting career is what brought him here, he retired in 2013 as a Fire Captain which is when God directed him to here.
Development and Marketing Manager
Julia Fracker began as the Development and Marketing Manager for the St. Anthony Retreat Center and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in November of 2019. She came to Three Rivers by way of Las Cruces, NM where she served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Las Cruces. She has also worked as Principal of a small Catholic school in Alamogordo, NM as well as Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA for a large parish in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Julia is a military brat as well as a Navy veteran and, therefore, is no stranger to moving to new places, having lived in nine states throughout the US, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and now California. Throughout her career, Julia has been a successful marketer, teacher, presenter and event planner. During her time in Las Cruces, she had the honor of attending the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, FL as well as the 2018 National V Encuentro in Grapevine, TX. Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s of Arts in Theology, and a Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership.
Conference and Program Coordinator
Hi, I am Barbara, the conference and program coordinator. Please call me for your reservations and together we will plan your event. Please feel free to come and visit our facility ahead of time. I have been blessed to be St. Anthony’s for nine years, and am happy to say that I am a Three Rivers native. Before coming to St. Anthony’s I was a Horticulture Instructor at College of Sequoias for 20 years, thus I also have a hand in the landscaping and flowers.
Administrative Assistant/Assistant Program Coordinator
Kacey is the Assistant Program Coordinator mainly working with guest booking events at our Youth Conference Center. She is here to make sure all your arrangements are ready and you or your group is booked at one of our many events. She also enjoys greeting our guest at St. Anthony Retreat & Conference Centers and making sure they are comfortable and enjoy their stay with us.
Kacey has a background in graphic design and has been helping St. Anthony Retreat and Santa Teresita with graphic design projects for over a decade. When Father John asked her if she be interested in joining the STAR/STYCC staff, she replied with a joyful “It would be my pleasure. “
During our Summer Camps, Kacey is called on to do Arts & Crafts with our Youth Retreat Guests. “Anytime I can work with kids, and show them how to create art from simple materials, I am beyond happy!”