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Higher Ground

"This I command you...Love one another." John 15:17

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Higher Ground is a five-day Catholic youth program for those who will be juniors or seniors in high school. This program is sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Island's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, with Fr. Josh Brown as the Diocesan Spiritual Director.

The purpose of Higher Ground is to create an environment where Christian community may be experienced. The activities provide an enjoyable opportunity for the young people to develop a better sense of self, to build positive relationships with others and to grow closer to God.

At Higher Ground, 20-40 participants and 10 adult staff, gather in an informal atmosphere to have a lot of fun and build relationships of trust. The group is encouraged to experience the joy of playing, praying and working together as a community of faith.

The week begins at 7:00 PM MDT, Sunday and ends at 10:00 AM MDT the following Friday. The program runs three successive weeks, beginning the last week in May (Memorial Day Weekend) at Ft. Robinson, near Crawford, NE.

The cost of the week is $150. The non-refundable round-trip bus fare is an additional $80.

Each week, a bus travels round-trip between Grand Island and Crawford, stopping along Highway 2 at predetermined locations.

Refund Policy

If, for some reason, you will not be able to attend, we will refund your fee, providing you notify us before the registration deadline for your particular week. If notice is not given before the registration deadline for you particular week, only $75 of your registration fee will be refunded. Bus fees are not refundable after registration deadline. If you do not show up for your week, or do not contact us before 4:30 p.m. CST on the Thursday before your week, no money can be refunded. This is necessary because there will most likely be participants waiting in line in case someone cancels. We do not want anyone to be deprived of the opportunity to experience Higher Ground Retreats™.



Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
2708 Old Fair RD
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: 308-382-6565
Fax: 308-382-6569

Fr. Josh Brown - Spiritual Director

Phone: 308-730-7024