Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center
Fostering the Spirituality of our Young People
The Mission of Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center is to tend to the spiritual life of young people by providing a safe, faith-filled and youth-friendly environment where young people can participate in retreats, programs and activities that encourage and support them in their growth toward spiritual, intellectual, and relational maturity.
Only 24 when she died, the Carmelite nun, St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), is one of the most beloved Catholic Saints. Therese Martin shared with the world a remarkably contemporary spirituality. In her spiritual autobiography, she taught that holiness is not necessarily signaled by visions or extraordinary penance. Instead, like Vatican II, which she preceded by more than a century, she loved and taught a “Little Way” which everyone is called to. In her doctrine, doing everyday things for the love of God is the secret of holiness attained by all.
Her mysterious promise, “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses,” caused Bishop John B. MacGinley to interpret a white rose that appeared on his desk, as an answer to his prayer in a difficulty. In gratitude he requested of the Holy See that his new diocese of Monterey-Fresno be dedicated to the Little Flower, who was canonized in 1925.
The Diocese of Fresno holds St. Therese as its patroness and has dedicated the original Our Lady of Victory parish to her honor, as well as the church at Shafter. In 1997, the 100th anniversary of her death, St Therese, was named a doctor of the Church for the profundity of her teaching. She is only the 33rd saint in history to become a doctor of the Church and one of only three women.
Welcome all Young Retreatants!
We are excited to have you join us at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center (STYCC), a Catholic Diocese of Fresno retreat facility. We believe that all young people are on a spiritual journey to experience oneness with God, each other, and the faith community. Our mission at STYCC, therefore, is to tend to this spiritual life by providing retreats, programs, and events that accompany young people along their journey.
Located on twenty-five acres at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Sequoia National Park, STYCC is committed to providing young people with an opportunity to experience a peaceful natural environment and a safe, faith-filled and youth-friendly atmosphere that fosters growth toward spiritual, intellectual, physical and relational maturity.
We value your time with us and want you to have the best possible experience. Our website will provide you with a view of our beautiful location and facilities, and inform you of upcoming retreats, workshops and camps. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss how STYCC can serve your enthusiastic youth community.
We eagerly look forward to joining you on your faith journey.
Sincerely in Christ,