Alive in Christ Boys Camp

The Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix
Office of Vocations presents
ALIVE IN CHRIST 2019 – an “Ascetical Boot Camp” Retreat for Byzantine Catholic Young Men.

What & Why: Inaugurated in 2003, “Alive in Christ” is a spiritual retreat camp conducted by the
Vocations Office of the Holy Protection Eparchy of Phoenix. The camp aims at helping young men
mature in their Catholic faith and a life of authentic Christian discipleship. Fed by Byzantine
spirituality, the camp engenders a fervor that will deepen personal awareness of a boy’s share in the
Life of Christ, that will sustain him as he grows into adulthood in an ever-increasing secular world,
that will teach him to exercise Christian values through self-mastery, and that will assist him in
discerning well his God-given vocations and charisms. Conducted in a highly disciplined and
somewhat rigorous environment, the camp accomplishes its goals with a focus on community and by
means of liturgical prayer, friendship building, and team effort.
Invited are young men and boys, ages 7 to 17, who are active and in good standing with their

Byzantine Catholic parishes for at least 6 months prior to application. Each boy who is 7 to 10 years
old during the camp requires his father or legal male guardian’s registration and full participation.
There are no exceptions to the age requirements. Each 7 and 8 year old should have made his
first confession. All fathers of boy attendees are encouraged to register and participate in the camp.
As enrollment is limited, spaces for accepted applicants are filled on a first-paid-first- registered
basis. Boy applicants must be available for the entire duration of the camp. Except for medical
and emergency situations, early departures are not to be requested.
Where: Black Diamond Camps
19830 SE 328th Pl
Auburn, WA 98092
[Administrator for Black Diamond Camps is Allie Smith (253-939-0488 ext. 719)]
Black Diamond Camps is an approximately 30 drive (26 miles) from the SeaTac Int.
When: 2:30 PM (Black Diamond Camps local time) Thursday, 11 July to
1:00 PM Sunday, 14 July 2019.
[n.b. Leaders must arrive at 11:30 AM on 11 July.]
Theme 2019: “Choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15)
Growing into the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Amenities: Rustic setting; pool and play fields; dormitory lodging (bunk beds/sleeping bags are
required to be brought); running water; indoor dining (9 meals total).
Tuition: $115 per boy 7 to 10 (Section Alpha)
$120 per boy 11 to 13 (Section Beta)
$125 per boy 14 to 17 (Section Gamma)
$110 per dad in attendance (Section Delta)
$315 family maximum.
Note: There can be no refunds for cancellations after 10 June.

Weather: For July, high average temperature is 78 with low, 52. Average precipitation is 1.2 inches.
Elevation is 250 feet above sea level. Dawn is at 5:30 AM, dusk at 9 PM.
Transport: Campers’ parents must arrange for their boys’ transportation to and from Black Diamond
Camps. Pick up from and back to SeaTac Int. Airport (or any nearby bus or rail station) can be
arranged, especially for those boys who are in attendance without a father or male guardian. Such pick
up requires travel details to be indicated in the application (due 12 May) or sent in no later than 12 June.
Boys’ airport or station arrivals must be by 11 AM on Thursday morning. Departures must be after
5:00 PM on Sunday. The camp coordinator will organize these transport logistics.
Early Arrival: Participants arriving at SeaTac Int. Airport or a nearby station are welcome to arrive on
Wednesday, 10 July. Lodging for the night, meals, and transportation to the retreat will be provided by
camp organizers and their families – members of Saint John Chrysostom Parish in Seattle. A payment
of $15 per boy (7-17 year olds) is asked to cover extra costs incurred.
Application: Application form (including the “camper contract” to be read and signed by each boy
applicant) and medical release and liability waiver form are to be completed for each participant
(boy and adult) and sent with full tuition payment to:

Alive in Christ Camp
c/o St. John Chrysostom Parish
1305 South Lander Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Checks are to be made payable to “Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix”

All applicable forms and payments are due by May 12, 2019.

Acceptance: All required forms and tuition payment must be received by the deadline of May 12 in
order to be considered. A follow-up mailing will confirm those who have been accepted to attend the
retreat camp. If any are informed at that time that they have not been accepted to attend, their
tuition payments will be returned in full.
Leadership: Bishop:
His Grace, The Most Reverend John S. Pazak
Director: Fr. Michael Mandelas (
Assistant Director: Fr. Michael O’Loughlin (
Camp Coordinators: Deacon James Danovich (
Subdeacon Jonathan Deane (
*if you have further questions about this program, please contact the director at 206-799-4917 or
A Typical Day Includes:
-about 7 to 8 1/2 hours of sleep
-about 2 1/2 hours of prayer
-about 3 1/2 hours of physical activity and recreation
-about 2 hours of presentations
*Family and friends of the campers are cordially invited for Sunday activities beginning at
approximately 9:20 am and including activities, Divine Liturgy, closing ceremonies and lunch.
Departures will take place at about 1:00 p.m. (after lunch) on Sunday