TAPT: Teens Are Praying Together
Mission Statement:

The TAPT retreat brings a teen into a more intimate encounter with the Incarnate Jesus Christ
so that she or he is better equipped to evangelize the mission of the Christian community.


  • a weekend retreat experience sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth, in collaboration with local parishes and youth-serving organizations throughout the Diocese of Gary.
  • a retreat for high school teens who want to take time to come to know themselves, others, and Jesus Christ more intimately in their lives.
  • a weekend of talks, discussions, activities, prayer, Reconciliation, Eucharist, food, friends, and more FUN than you ever imagined!
  • staffed by priests, experienced and professional adults, and trained peer ministers from the Diocese of Gary. Former TAPTsters serve as peer ministers.
  • is a call to discipleship, bringing teens into a more intimate encounter with the Incarnate Jesus Christ:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
~ Gospel of John 1: 1-14

  • challenges teens to themselves be an encounter of Christ for those they meet:

No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another,
God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
This is how we know that we remain in him
and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit.
~1 John 4:12

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents and Youth Ministers

Parents, are you considering whether or not your son or daughter should attend TAPT? The teenagers on our leadership team wrote personal invitations to other teens prior to a recent TAPT retreat. Here’s a sampling of what they wrote about TAPT:

“TAPT helps you learn more about your faith; it helps you find your calling.”
“It is an amazing experience that will stay with you forever.”
“It was one of the best weekends I ever had.”
“It’s a life-changing experience. It taught me to grow in my faith. I want you to have the same experience.”
“It helped me grow and find myself.”
“TAPT will help you to see God’s truth, even if it is difficult to understand.”
“TAPT helped me to see Christ in everything.”
“(TAPT) really changed my life and opened my eyes!”

In a world that needs Christ, help your teen see Christ like never before!

What teens are saying about TAPT

“For a while I’ve felt like something is missing in my life. I now realize it was God. TAPT helped me find that something I was searching for, and I’ve been much happier ever since!”

“TAPT helped me show others that I am Catholic and that I’m not afraid to live my faith outside of TAPT anymore. I’m not scared to post on Instagram or Twitter and show everyone that I love God and this is my faith!”

“TAPT helps you learn more about your faith; it helps you find your calling.”

“Went to TAPT one person and came back a completely different and better person. Thank you to all of the new friends I made!”

“I met so many new people, and made some awesome friends. I’m so glad I went to TAPT.”

“From the opening song ’til the closing…I loved every second of it.”

“TAPT helped me to see Christ in everything.”

“I loved our small group time because we got to open up. I’d never really done that before, not about God that is.”

“I’ve never in my life felt better than I did after Reconciliation Saturday night. I used to think church stuff was, you know separate from the rest of my life, but on TAPT I began to understand that Jesus is with me always. Thank you, (small group leader and Peer Minister)!”