Marriot Marquis
Downtown Houston

Sept 29 – Oct 1

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Join the summit of prayer for Houston and the entire Gulf Coast.

Last year, hundreds of young adults from 23 states gathered for an unprecedented faith enriching vacation. We had so much fun, we thought we’d do it again, and we’d love it if you’d join us! Whether you want to a chance to meet new people, need a faith enriching weekend, or simply could use a vacation, join us this year!

This year, we gather in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey… the storm that ravaged the entire Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented devastation. Encounter Houston 2017 comes at an anointed time. Houston and our fellow coast dwellers need a break; a time to rest, to connect in joy, and to pray. If you haven’t yet got your hands dirty in the relief effort, Adore Ministries invites you to join our ongoing relief efforts as part of your stay conference.


In this life, what’s your end-game? Is it heaven? How are you getting there? These questions are more relevant than ever in the wake of the devastation around us. Encounter Christ during this weekend, and He’ll help you figure it out.


Community is not just a group of friends. It’s people with the same mission sharing life together. Isn’t it strange that you feel more connected than ever after the storm of the century? Have you found your community yet?

Texas Shaped Lazy River

It’s a weekend… and we have been up to our knees in flood debris for over a month. We should have a little fun eh? We’ll float the river on the rooftop, we’ll dance to good music, we’ll enjoy life because we should, and God would want us to.


Ministry Team





Hotel Check-In & Registration

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Family Festival

6:00pm - 10:00pm


Optional Morning Activities

  • Crossfit Encounter Style (Discovery Green)     6:30am – 7:15am
  • Women’s Morning Reflection – “Mary, Martha & Mimosa’s” (Women’s Lounge)     8:00am – 8:45am

6:30am - 8:45am

Childcare Open

8:30am - 11:30am

Morning Session – “Breath of God”

9:00am - 10:30am

Impact Sessions

  • Discovering God through the Intellectual Life
  • Encountering the Divine Love as a Couple
  • The Sound of Silence: The Fruitfulness of Contemplative
  • Life in the Spirit

10:45am - 11:30am

Lunch Break (on your own)


  • Reconciliation Available
  • Family Picnic in the Park (Discovery Green)
  • Crafts in the Women’s lounge

11:30am - 1:30pm

Childcare Open

1:15pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon Session – “Made for Communion”

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Impact Sessions

  • Family: Paradise of God
  • Parish or Perish
  • Bringing a Culture of Hope to College
  • Community in the Workplace

2:40pm - 3:25pm

Sunday Vigil Mass

3:50pm - 5:00pm

Dinner Break (on your own)

  • Reconciliation Available

5:00pm - 7:30pm

Childcare Open

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening Session – “The Roadmap”

7:30pm - 10:00pm

After Party – “Wedding Reception”

10:00pm - ????



Sleep in, float the lazy river, explore Houston, etc.

Harvey Relief

If you’re down to help with relief work in neighborhoods devastated by Harvey, we will be sending teams out to help! Sign up at

8:00am - 4:00pm

Pricing and Details




One Friday-Sunday conference registration

1 spot for 2 nights at the Marriott Marquis in a 4 person room with 2 queen beds

Dinner Friday Night



One Friday-Sunday conference registration

1 spot for 2 nights at the Marriott Marquis in a 2 person room with 2 queen beds

Dinner Friday Night



One Friday-Sunday conference registration

1 person 2 nights at the Marriott Marquis in a private room with 1 king bed

Dinner Friday Night



Two Friday-Sunday conference registrations

2 nights at the Marriott Marquis with your family in your choice of a 2 queen or 1 king room

Dinner Friday night for the whole family



One SATURDAY ONLY commuter pass to the conference sessions.

(Access to Friday Night Family Festival and hotel amenities such as the rooftop lazy river are not included due to hotel policy)

Kids Camp & Childcare

Your kids need a vacation just as much as you do!

Adore Ministries is excited to partner with The Pines Catholic Camp to bring a one day summer camp experience to the Marriott for your elementary – high schoolers. The camp counselors are planning all sorts of camp games, swimming and fun so you can rest assured your kids are engaged and having fun during your time at the sessions on Saturday!

For your 3 month – early elementary age children, Adore Ministries is proud to partner with Catholic childcare specialists from local parishes. Get your kids excited about a full day of age appropriate games and activities.

Kids Camp & Childcare Pricing 

$50 for 1 kid
$75 for 2 kids
$100 for 3+ kids

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Travel Advice?

We are excited to welcome many young adults from beyond Houston and even out of state! If you are flying in, both IAH and Hobby are about 25 minutes from the hotel. You can check into the hotel as early as 3 pm, but the party won’t start until 6 pm. We will be providing shuttles from both IAH and Hobby on Friday and back on Sunday, but you must request a ride by emailing as soon as you have your flight information.

Do I have to stay at the resort?

Nope! We will have Saturday commuter passes available for $99 ($89 if you register by June 30). You will only have access to the Saturday conference sessions. You will not have access to the Friday Night Family Festival and you will be unable to use resort amenities such as the rooftop lazy river due to hotel policy.

What does quad, double, single mean?

When you register under quad occupancy, you will share a room with three other people who also registered under quad. You have the option to select your roommates or to be matched with roommates of the same gender. Same for double, except two will be sharing a room, not four. If you would like your own room, select single occupancy. Family registration includes 1 room and 2 conference registrations for a husband and wife. More information regarding rooms will be provided when registering.

Can I bring my family? (How many does a family room hold?)

Yes! Just because you may have 3 kids ages 5 and under doesn’t make you any less of a young adult, and it shouldn’t prevent you from a faith enriching weekend. Childcare (3 months-17 yrs of age will be available for an extra fee ($50 for 1 kid, $75 for 2, $100 for 3 or more). Kids ages 7-17 will be hanging with camp counselors from the Pines Catholic Summer Camp. 3 months-6 years old information coming soon. Childcare will be available during Saturday sessions only. You must pick up children during meal times. Feel free to bring your own personal babysitter and/or add on an extra adjoining room to fit your larger family (hotel room occupancy is 5 persons max). Email for more information.

Is there a discount for clergy/religious?

You bet! For all priests, deacons, seminarians, religious brothers and sisters, we would like to offer you free Saturday Commuter Pass. If you would like to stay overnight, the room rate is $320 for 2 nights in a single room, $160 for 2 nights in a double occupancy room, and $80 for 2 nights in a quad occupancy room. We are unable to offer 1-night stays.

Please contact if you’d be willing to hear confessions, concelebrate the Saturday night vigil mass, be an Extraordinary Minister, or sign up for a time to be in the adoration chapel.

Which meals are included in registration?

The only meal provided with your registration this year is on Friday night at the Family Festival (commuter registration does not include this). The rest of your meals are on your own. With 6 restaurants in the hotel and hundreds accessible downtown, there are plenty of options available! It’s a great opportunity to explore all the deliciousness our city has to offer. Recommendations and maps will be provided via the conference app. You are also more than welcome to bring your own food from home.

Can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering for the whole weekend, you can email Kim Muncy at for more information. Non-participant volunteers do not have to pay a registration fee, but must be available all day Saturday and if possible Friday evening. If you would like to stay overnight, rooms are $160/night. If you are a young adult, we recommend you participate in the conference instead of volunteering. However, there are opportunities throughout the day if you would like to serve as a participant (Eucharistic Minister, set up/tear down, etc.). Please note in your conference registration if you are interested.

I would like to sell merchandise or be an exhibitor.

We are currently shopping for our conference “Mercantile,” which is a single stream shop with various goods and resources that are sold on consignment. If you would like to submit your products, please email

If you would like to be an exhibitor or sponsor, please email for more information.

Do I have to be Catholic or a church-goer?

Nope! All are welcome!

Do I have to come to every session?

You’re an adult. While we would love for you to go to every session, you know what you need more than we do whether it’s an impactful message, prayer time, manicure, or float on the lazy river. This weekend is for you, not us.

Is there a group rate available?

If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact us at