2024 Intense Youth Conference

What is the INTENSE CONFERENCE all about?

An Amazing Eucharistic-Centered Weekend for Youth to Discover, Encounter & Live the Life Jesus Desires for Them


To Register, click here.

Coming in May…

  • Diocese of Peoria Registration & Liability Forms
  • Diocese of Peoria Code of Conduct Form
  • Packing List
  • Departure Information

Get to Know the Speakers:

Justin Fatica

No matter who you are, Justin Fatica is on a mission to let the world know that every person is amazing. Justin delivers a hopeful and dynamic message that challenges people to take their struggles and turn them into joy. Justin Fatica is a dynamic and passionate speaker with a powerful message. He invites people to share their struggles and helps suffering people to realize that they are amazing and worthy of love. Justin Fatica’s unique style will inspire you to take responsibility for getting what you want out of life. His techniques for encouraging people to take risks and share experiences are perfect for fighting the polarization that plagues organizations around the world.


Fawaz Yasi, whose stage name is “E-Knock,” is a traditional Catholic rapper. He released his first album, Traditionis, in March of 2022. Yasi, a Syriac Christian from Northern Iraq, emigrated to the US with his family at the age of five. Yasi shares his love for homesteading (listen for the rooster), the Church, youth ministry and, of course, rap music.

Emily Crankfield

Emily Crankfield is from Denver, Colorado, graduated from Benedictine College and had been a Culture Project missionary. She now spends her time working part-time for the online store West Coast Catholic, chasing her baby boy Jordan around, & using her instagram account @emily.marie.crankfield to share the joy of the Catholic faith with other young people. She loves sharing the Gospel alongside her husband Nathan Crankfield.

Fr. Eric Bolek

Fr. Bolek was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria in 2015. Fr. Bolek served his first 3 years at a parish in Peoria where he ran their Youth Ministry Program. Since then he has worked with youth all around his diocese including 5 years as the Chaplain for the Diocese of Peoria youth ministry retreat Abide in Me—a Eucharistic centered retreat much like Intense. Fr. Bolek currently serves a parish in Germantown Hills, IL, St. Mary of Lourdes.

Fr. Jonathan Meyer

Father Jonathan Paul Meyer was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2003. After his ordination, he served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for five years. He has served at several parishes and currently serves as the pastor of the four parishes in Dearborn County IN.   
He maintains a presence on the internet with weekly homilies and other teachings. He has written and published two children’s plays and wrote a chapter for Dynamic Catholic’s book, Beautiful Hope.   
Fr. Meyer has also been engaged in coaching Track and Cross Country since 2009; coaching at public schools; at Jennings County High School for 4 years and most currently at East Central High School.