HNOJ Family Retreat & Fall Warm Up

At HNOJ we believe that in the midst of our busy and demanding lives, it is essential to take a break, step away, and make room for God to move powerfully in our lives. 

And what better way to do this then as a family! HNOJ's 6th FAMILY RETREAT will be held in February 2022! We will have music, games, VBS style sessions for the kids, talks and small groups for the adults, Mass, Dinner, and Eucharistic Adoration. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to attend. We encourage teenagers to sign up to help out with the younger kiddos, but any confirmed teen may join the adult sessions as well. 

Basic Information

When:  Feb. 18-20, 2022
Where: Cragun's Resort in the Brainerd Lakes area
What: Weekend Retreat for the whole family
Who: HNOJ families: adults, teens, children - all families are welcome
Cost: $100 per family; dditional costs for housing and shared dinners
Due: Registration ends Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022

Questions? Email Chris or Gabby.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions about the HNOJ Family Retreat? Here are some answers to the most FAQs about the Family Retreat.

Question: What age children typically attend the retreat?

Answer: Any age! In the past, we have everything from newborns up to seniors in high school.  We make sure to mix in activities, roles, and material suitable for all ages.  There are large chunks of free time where families can choose age-appropriate activities and ways to spend their time outside of retreat programming. 

Question: What is the lodging like? Are there different options?

Answer: Cragun’s offer multiple great options for lodging, everything from a standard hotel room to cabins with a kitchen. For pictures and more information check out: In years past we have reserved the Lakeview Hotel Rooms (Fireplace Room) and Lakeview Cabins. 

Question: How does lodging work? 

Answer: Lodging is a first come first serve basis. Please select your accomodation request in the Registration form. You will pay Cragun's directly. A link for the deposit will be sent in February. 

Questions: How do meals work?

Answer: Families will be responsible for their own meals over the weekend. There are several onsite restaurants available. We will be offering community dinners on Saturday and Sunday night, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Many families choose to pack their own food for breakfast and lunch to enjoy in their rooms.  Each hotel room has a microwave, small fridge, and coffee maker.  Cabins have a full kitchen.

Question: How much free time vs. programming is there?

Answer: We typically gather as a large group for the morning and part of the evening with a large gap of free time midday from 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  

Question: What is there to do during free time? What recreational activities does Cragun’s offer?

Answer: There is ample time should families choose to spend an afternoon in Brainerd or Nisswa to enjoy what these towns have to offer. Cragun’s offers tons of fun recreational activities, everything from dog sledding and snowmobile rentals to swimming and relaxing in their indoor pool area.   To see a full list of recreational activities available at Cragun's check out:

Question: If we have to come late or leave early can we still come?

Answer: The short answer is yes!  However, we highly encourage families to make arrangements to be able to attend the whole retreat.  We don’t want you to miss out on any of the experience.