Proclaiming Christ with Christmas Joy

As Christmas draws near, many of us welcome the season with great joy. This holy season affords an outpouring of great mirth—the reuniting with friends and relatives, the pleasant nostalgia of past Christmastimes, the giving and receiving of gifts, baked treats and of course the joy of witnessing the Christmas child. However, such feelings of joy…

Prepare your heart for the King

We have reached the time of year when days are shorter, nights are colder; the trees are bare, no longer containing the brilliant colors of fall. While these may not be my favorite things, we have the opportunity during this barren season to change perspective as we focus on the beauty that is present and create…

A Season of Gratitude

It is always humbling this time of year to sit back and reflect with our team on the many blessings that have been poured out upon the ministry of Prairie Star Ranch and in each of our lives.  Our team over these past few months has encountered Our Lord Jesus in a profound way through…

5 Great Reasons to Sign up for Camp Tekakwitha

{ REGISTER HERE TODAY }  1.  Super Fun High-Adventure Activities Where else am I going to be able to go zip-lining and mountain boarding in the same week? But the community that is built at Tekakwitha is unbelievable, whether it is the staff who spends all summer together or the cabin that spends one week…

Sister Strong – the Women’s Discernment Retreat

As the nine St. James Academy buses rolled off property with their freshman class closing out their largest retreat ever, the Prairie Star Ranch retreat team was busy cleaning and preparing for a company of adventurous young women who were interested in discovering God’s will for their lives. For the first ever Women’s Discernment Retreat…

Kenosis Leadership Retreats at Prairie Star Ranch

Forming the Christ-like leaders the world needs. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 Many people ask the question, “What do people come to Prairie Star Ranch for during the retreat season?” The question is hard to answer because Prairie Star’s retreats vary as much as the groups differ from one another….

Camp Tekakwitha 2014

The sun’s orange gleam streams silently through the large windows and into the Main Lodge on a warm Monday morning. Seventy college students are gathered together from all around the United States, huddled in prayer. Then, low and soft singing emerges from the men on the leadership team, “Kids be comin’, kids, kids be comin’.”…

Engagement, a Prairie Star Tradition

Kate Ruoff, a longtime friend of Prairie Star and an outstanding youth minister in the Archdiocese,  sent me a text two weeks ago asking for permission to come down to the Ranch with a friend and celebrate a day of running and prayer. This sort of text is by no means unusual and, besides, all…

Introducing the Prairie Star Blog

With the approach of our 15th year in existence, we here at Prairie Star Ranch felt it was high time we entered into the vast oceans of the blogosphere. Over the past decade and a half the story vault of our ministry has continually grown in goodness, and is ready to be presented to the…