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About


In our times, a question seems to be resurfacing – What are you looking for?

This was the first question that Jesus asked in His public ministry, and it is echoed in this generation. The first disciples’ response to this question is noteworthy – Where are you staying? They did not have the perfect answer, but they knew that the perfect answer could be found in Jesus. And upon committing to Him, they were empowered to see what they were looking for – holiness, community and mission.

The Empower Conference was inspired by the need to empower young adults to see that Jesus has what they are looking for. It was designed to inspire deeper conversion to holiness, to develop Jesus-centered community, and to prepare a generation of young adults for the work of mission.

The Empower Conference, powered by Damascus Catholic Mission Campus

Pricing


Conference Pass + On-Site Lodging  –   $250

Complete Empower Conference pass, including 4 days of life-changing messages from national speakers, power-packed breakout sessions, and growth-driven processing time.

Your pass will include an onsite lodging accommodation that will allow you to connect in an intentional way with others from your school or region!

All meals will be provided with your conference pass, including coffee breaks!

Conference Commuter Pass  –   $200

Complete Empower Conference pass, including 4 days of life-changing messages from national speakers, power-packed breakout sessions, and growth-driven processing time.

All meals will be provided with your conference pass, including coffee breaks!

Financial Assistance  –  Mission Support Raising

Schedule


Thursday 

Registration and Check-In   4:00pm – 7:00pm

Main Session #1   7:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday

Mass    9:00am

Empower Session #1   10:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch / Booth Expo   12:30pm

Breakout Sessions   2:00pm – 3:30pm

Adoration (Optional)   4:00pm – 5:00pm

Main Session #2   7:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday 

Mass   9:00am

Empower Session #2   10:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch / Booth Expo   12:30pm

Breakout Sessions   2:00pm – 3:30pm

Adoration (Optional)   4:00pm – 5:00pm

Missionary Discernment Session (Optional)  4:00pm – 7:00pm

Main Session #3   7:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday 

Empower Session #3   9:15am

Main Session #4   10:30am – 12:00pm

Closing Mass   12:15pm

Final Announcements / Departure   1:30pm

Location


Damascus

Damascus is located in Centerburg, the heart of Ohio, on a scenic 471-acre property.  This location provides the perfect opportunity to enter into the beauty of God’s creation.  Get ready to enjoy our 25,000 sq. ft. Lodge, which will be the center of all of the action, and lodging arrangements that include amish built cabins and lakeside retreat centers.  For more details on our facilities click here.

Local Food Options

Centerburg   (7 min drive)  Just a short drive from Damascus, Centerburg has several places to spend some time, including a bar, small café, and several pizza places.

Downtown Mount Vernon   (15 min drive)  Just a short drive from Damascus to the scenic downtown Mount Vernon, hosting over a dozen dining options, including local cafés, restaurants, and bars.

 

Off-Site Housing Options

The Grand – Mt. Vernon  (17 min drive)   4-Star Hotel located in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

The Mount Vernon Inn   (15 min drive)  Located walking distance from downtown Mt. Vernon.

Hampton Inn – Sunbury   (25 min drive)   Located in right off I-71.

Holiday Inn – Subury   (25 min drive) Located in right off I-71.

Contact Us


Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have!

    For more information about the Cherry Valley Hotel + Resort, please visit cherryvalleyhotel.com

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who should I invite to Empower?

    All of your young adult friends ages 18-28! 

    What should I bring?
    • Bible, journal, prayer materials
    • Money for merchandise, food trucks, and bar
    • Face mask
    • Open heart and open mind!
    Are meals provided?

    Yes!

    What are your safety procedures regarding COVID-19?

    It’s a priority for us to keep everyone safe and healthy throughout the conference. Because of this we will be following the State of Ohio’s health recommendations. At this time, masks will NOT be required.

    Are there group registrations?

    All of our registrations are individual, but we’d love for you to get a group from your campus, parish, or circle of friends to attend. Feel free to request to lodge with each other in the registration process. 

    What will lodging for Empower look like?

    During the registration process there is an opportunity to request roommates. We will do our best to meet your requests or place you with someone else from a similar region! Otherwise, you will be roomed with other attendees of the same sex at random. This is a great chance to build authentic Christian community! 

    What airport can I fly into?

    John Glenn International (CMH) Columbus, Ohio.

    Do you offer transportation to and from the airport and hotel?

    Yes! Reach out to empower@damascus.net if you will be flying in and looking for transportation.

    Can I attend with my spouse?

    Yes! Due to the nature of lodging setup at Damascus, we request that married couples check out the off campus housing options on our website.

    Will childcare be offered?

    While childcare will not be offered at the conference, you are more than welcome to bring your infant along with you.

    Can high schoolers attend?

    Empower is geared toward college aged students and young adults. We would love for high school students to attend Catholic Youth Winter Camp at Damascus. Click  here for more information. 

    Can I fundraise for the conference?

    You sure can! Feel free to check out our fundraising resources here. Have more questions about what this could look like or need some motivational support? Contact Roger@damascus.net

    Will there be medical or ADA accommodations?

    We want to meet all of your needs while attending Empower. Please make note of how we can best serve you in the registration process. For on-site medical emergencies, we will have an onsite medical team on call. For more specific questions or support, contact emily@damascus.net.

    What if I can’t attend the whole conference?

    Your registration cost gives you access to all of our sessions! You’re more than welcome to come and go as you choose, however we’re not able to offer discount prices at this time.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Life happens, sometimes plans change! If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, we will refund 75% of your registration cost through December 1st. After December 1st, we’ll be able to refund 25% of your registration cost. If the state or local government mandates a lockdown, you will be given a full refund.

    Still have questions that weren’t answered?

    Our team is here for you! Please contact empower@damascus.net.

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