Endorsements (Teens)

“The retreat with Bryan was amazing and completely changed my life!  Before the retreat, I didn’t believe in God, but after the retreat I did very deeply. I thought Bryan s talks were really informative and answered all the questions that I had. I now pray every night and every morning, I attend mass and even pray at school. I totally feel that this retreat has changed the way that I think, for I fully believe in God now and have a complete faith.”

“This was the best retreat of my life… So glad I had the opportunity to experience this!!! It has definitely changed my life and I can’t wait to continue strengthening and growing my faith!!! Thanks so much!”

“That was absolutely the most amazing retreat!  I can’t put into words how powerful it was. Thank you again so much for absolutely everything. You and God both changed my life!  I’ve realized God is always going to be by my side!  He’s always going to be there to hear my prayers and guide me on the right path. I hope the other teens are as touched as my friends and I were!  Thank you for serving as a model for having a relationship with God!”

“This was THE best retreat I have EVER been on.  It was amazing!!!  Thank you so much!”

“Thank you for your talk tonight.  It was by far one of the best talks I’ve ever heard in my life!  Please let me know when your book comes out, I want a copy.”

“I LOVED this retreat!  You talked about changing your life and changing the world.  This retreat has changed my life and now I want to help change the world and make a difference.  I want to live out my faith even more.”

“To be honest, this will probably end up being the best retreat Pope Paul VI high school has to offer.  This retreat completely changed my life, and I believe in God now.  He really is here with us! Thanks for coming!!”

“Hey Bryan, I’m from today’s retreat, the one who wore all black.  I just want to say thank you for preaching the Word to me like no one ever has before.  I’m a strong believer in Jesus Christ but you really got to me today.  You helped me to love God a lot more than before, and you helped me to realize things that I didn’t know before.  I have major depression, deep scars on my wrists and all over my body, suicidal thoughts, and much more I don’t think you care about. I’m stable now I see a therapist now and take meds. But today at the end of the retreat when we prayed, everything was taken out of me. I gave it all over to Jesus my Lord and Savior and I haven’t been happier my entire life.  My low self esteem is gone I feel like nothing bad is there.   At that prayer service, unlike any other time, I prayed really hard just to let Jesus inside of me and he came through.  I’m just so happy.  Thank you for making me understand Jesus more and more.”

“I wanted to thank you personally for doing our retreat today and talking to our class. I was very moved by your experiences and the stories you told.  The way that you communicated with us really helped me to understand and appreciate the faith more. My family and I are already pretty strong in our faith, but personally, I am not as involved as I would like to be.  But, after my experience today, I want to strengthen my relationship with God.  Listening to you helped me to realize what kind of person I want to be and how I want to live my life.  I know it isn’t easy to change, but I really want to try. You are awesome. Thank you for inspiring me!”

“Thank you very much for coming. You had the kids attention the entire time, something Father or I could not do. You have a tremendous calling and I pray that word of your evangelization for teens is spread far and wide.”

“Bryan, I just wanted you to know that this retreat really moved me – I mean, really, really moved me!  I got so much out of it, and it has made a huge change in my life for the better.  I just wanted to take this moment to personally thank you for everything you did.”

“Thanks so much for the best retreat we’ve ever had. It definitely opened my eyes and really changed my perspective towards the world and my place in it!  Definitely the best retreat ever!!! Thanks!”

“Wow! I just can’t say enough about this retreat with the teens you put on.  It was absolutely amazing.  I’m still coming down from it.  When Father and I saw a line in the church, we thought the kids were leaving to go to the bathroom, but they were all in line for prayer.  It was so wonderful to see them get so much out of it.  Thank you so much for all that you do, and we will definitely have you back again next year.”

“I’d like to thank you for coming and speaking at our church tonight. I’m not usually the type to email speaker after listening to a speaker, but your talk really affected me. It was by far the best Catholic talk I’ve listen to.”

“Thank you for coming to our school today, you completely changed my outlook on everything!!  I can’t even explain how awesome this retreat was.  Thank you x100 for coming!”

“Hi Bryan, I just wanted to thank you again for coming to talk at my church on Sunday. Many of my 8th students came up to me after to tell me how amazing the night was. That’s pretty wonderful because they don’t usually show excitement for CCD.  Anyway, it reminded me of how four years ago, I was in the Confirmation program here in Torrington. I really hated church. In fact, I didn’t even believe in God.  The director of religious education made my whole class go to this talk that you were running. Truth be told I didn’t want to go. My dad had to basically bring me into the school kicking and screaming. Then you gave this amazing talk about how God doesn’t want to punish you for the things you do wrong he just wants to love you. In that moment I just opened my Heart a little to the idea that God maybe was a little real. Then later, at adoration for the first time I was real with God and I said Lord if you’re real show me you are and I will live my life for you. I can’t explain what happened next but in that moment I was overwhelmed with the love of Christ. So needless to say I am now living my life for God. I go to adoration every week and have even gotten a few of my friends to join me. I am now discerning the religious life or whatever God has planned for me. I would like to thank you so much because I don’t know where I would be without having had had that experience. Your words were the first time I had ever encountered Christ in a real way. I want to thank you so much for that and for sharing that message with my students!”

“Thank you so much for the retreat today!! I thought it was going to be long and boring, but I was wrong! You made it so much fun. You really helped me when you prayed with me. Lately, I have been questioned my faith a lot, like wondering if God is even real. Today though, I actually opened my heart to Him… so thank you!”

“This was such an incredible retreat!!! I took a lot into consideration and now have a better outlook on everyone and everything around me! I was so moved today and realized how far from God I was.  You made me realize this and helped me to get closer to Him and to everyone else too.”

“I have known Bryan for over three years in his capacity as a retreat leader. We hold our retreat together with a neighboring parish, St. Patrick’s in Redding.  Bryan does an outstanding job with these young people, keeping their interest and attention. His presentations are instructive, thought-provoking and very powerful, as we have witnessed, having an amazing effect on the teens. Our Pastor, Fr. David Leopold, is so pleased with Bryan’s work, as we all are.  I cannot give a higher recommendation for Bryan. When you meet Bryan, you can tell that he is well grounded in his faith. He is easy to work with, and just a nice person.  We always hear great feedback.”

“This retreat was really great, and I never thought I’d day this, but I really enjoyed it.  Honestly, I did not want to be here, and you could tell by the way I came in, that I didn’t want to be here.  I thought it was going to be totally stupid.  I’m so glad that you were young and relatable and not like an 85 year old.  Seriously, this was so very powerful for me, and I learned a lot.  Personally, I got a ton out of it.  And, thanks for the book.”

“Bryan, we can’t wait to have you back again.  Your retreat was just so powerful and changed so many of the teen’s lives.  I haven’t seen anything like it.  You changed my daughter’s life so much and she just got so much out of the retreat.  Your retreat is why she is the head of her campus ministry today and why she is living out her faith so strongly in college, or even at all.  It’s almost bringing me to tears just thinking about it all now and the change that you brought about in her life.  You are such a blessing, and what you do is a powerful and unique gift.”

“Thank you for the awesome retreat yesterday.  My son had a great time and loved every bit of it!!! He was not expecting to enjoy the evening but was pleasantly surprised by how much fun he had. Thank you again!!!”

“Bryan, everything was marvelous!  Your talks were very powerful.  Some of the kids were tearing up during the second talk.  Right before I almost teared up, I turned to the pastor and gave a big thumbs up.  He nodded in agreement.  Everything you did was great and and the kids were hanging on every word.  Thank you.”

“Bryan – I want to thank you for being an amazing leader for our retreat. Your stories are always really inspiring. Thank you for being amazing! And by the way, the adoration that we did was the most intense religious hour of my life. And, I will definitely start going to confession more often. Thank you for making this great change in my life.”

“Bryan has a great strong faith that lights up the room. He’s an excellent leader and makes me want to become stronger in my faith.”

“Thank you so much for this amazing retreat weekend, it has been wonderful and very life changing!”

“I am so impressed with Bryan’s passion and knowledge of the faith. He held the attention of every student in the room including all the chaperons! He spoke to seniors about the significance of keeping the faith after leaving high school and how difficult it will be for them. He spoke about the battle they will face in the future and how to turn to God in the midst of temptation. He really opened their eyes and gave them practical ways of keeping the faith. My students loved him and were truly inspired by him.”

“I just want to say that your talks changed my life.  Really.  Like, I feel different.  I want to be different.  And I’m gonna start praying and going back to church again.  Sincerely thank you.”

“I just wanted to thank you.  The retreat today was the best retreat I’ve ever been to.  I got so much out of your talks, and the prayer service was very powerful for me. Thank you for praying over me too.  As soon as you did I felt so relaxed and relieved. My home life is anything but pleasant, but the prayer service helped me to just let go for a while and be with God. I felt him really listening and the emotions were overwhelming. This retreat was such a breath of fresh air in my life and I can’t thank you enough for that. So thank you for a phenomenal retreat and for helping and praying for me.”

“I have been on many retreats in middle school, in high school, for confirmation, and for other things. There have been different speakers at all of them, and I have loved them all. But there was something about Bryan, the way he talked to us, and how well he related to us, that made me like him and his talk the most. He was powerful and entertaining and got his message across in very interesting ways. He was very influential, and I didn’t want it to end!”

“Hi, Okay, so this retreat with Bryan was THE most moving experience of my life. I’ve been going through a lot, and I feel like God really cared tonight.”

“This retreat was actually a lot better that I thought it would be. I’m not going to lie, I thought this retreat was going to suck (plainly speaking). But, it didn’t. It was powerful and I’ve never felt that before with God. Bryan was inspirational, a very good choice to lead this retreat. I enjoyed the night, so thank you.”

“Honestly, I came here thinking that this was going to be a waste of time and stupid. I came dreading to be here 7 hours, but I really actually enjoyed it. I am now really glad I came and feel that I have a stronger relationship with God and a better understanding of my faith. I’m glad it wasn’t what I expected it to be. Thank you.”

“This was the best retreat! You had an amazing effect on everyone! I learned a lot and learned how to have a better outlook!  Thank you so much!” 🙂

“Thank you so much for coming.  There was no one part where I zoned out or anything. I was so intrigued from beginning to end.  Thank you for really putting my life and faith into perspective!!”

“Thank you so much from coming! You really helped me feel a lot better, especially about myself as I have been feeling really down and out of the loop the past few days.  I didn’t expect this retreat to be much at all or to be any fun, but it was and so much more. It really opened my eyes and inspired me greatly.  It was fun and I came out of it feeling a lot better, almost brand new.  God bless.”

“You were awesome! This retreat really gave me a while new perspective .  Thank you so much for a great retreat.”

“I just wanted to personally thank you for our Sophomore retreat today.  It opened my eyes to so many different things! Now, I feel so much closer to God both physically and emotionally. Thank you so much again!”

“Bryan, thank you so much for what you do.  The retreat today was just beautiful.  It was perfect.  And, to think that we were going to try to run the retreat ourselves.  I’m so glad you cam and ran the whole retreat for es.  You gave more to the students than we ever could have.  I hope to bring you back several more times to speak to our teens.  Your inspiration and testimony is exactly what they need.  Dios te bendiga!

“Hi Bryan, I wanted to thank you so very much for coming to talk to our middle school youth. I know they really enjoyed your talk. In fact one of our core team leaders just left my office and told me one of the children really connected with your talk and wants to go back to Mass on Sundays. How wonderful is that!!  There was also a request for you to come back sometime before the end of this year to talk with them again. Thank you so very much. I am so glad that God is working through you and has given you this wonderful gift to share with us.”

“Thank you so much for coming to do our retreat! You changed us all for the better! You opened up our eyes to our Catholic faith and you made many of realize exactly what we needed and what was important. So, thank you again!!”

“Bryan spoke at our Confirmation Retreats a couple of different times.  The kids loved him; the girls loved his gentle spirit and genuineness, and the boys listened intently to hear about the adventures (or misadventures 🙂 ) he survived in high school. He introduced many of them to good contemporary Christian music for the first time. They literally followed him around at every break to talk to him and ask him questions. He was like the pied piper!”

“Thank you so much for speaking to our Confirmation students.  Your talks were  fantastic.  It’s hard to get high school students to talk, and yet I couldn’t believe there were so many good questions.  It was great!  I know they took away a lot from the evening.  I’m certain that the impact you had on them will be an inspiration in their lives.”

“I liked Bryan’s talk for the fact that he put being Christian and Catholic into a different light than I have thought of it before. He seems to be able to relate well to teenagers and made an impact. He was relating everything in away that we could fully understand.”

“This retreat really helped me to grow closer to God, and now I believe in him for sure. I feel much better about coming to this retreat now than I did this morning. I am so grateful!”

“Bryan’s ability to express his faith and to let the love of Christ speak through him makes me want to strive to be a vessel of hope too. The kids really responded well to Bryan. So, I thank Bryan for bringing that to them and to me this weekend.”

“Bryan’s talk was so interesting, and I got so involved in it. I liked the way he expressed his ideas eloquently with his sense of humor. Bryan’s talk was an eye opener for me, he made me think about a lot of things and really reflect on a lot. He was an inspiration to me.”

“When I came to you two during the holy hour, it was really great to hear what you had to say, along with the prayers that you said for me. Thank you so much for everything, what you did for me means more than you could ever imagine.”

“I didn’t think that I would ever like this retreat, but now, I DO NOT regret coming. I learned so much about God and my faith in a short amount of time. Also, in adoration, it was like I was having a conversation with God just like you would have with a friend. I love God and I loved this retreat!”

“I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t want to be here today and I totally thought it was going to be horrible.  But, I’m so glad I came.  I got so much out of it, and it really helped me so much.” I really encountered God. So, thanks for everything.”

“Dear Bryan, thank you so much for all you have done for us. It has been such an awesome retreat, and it would not have been that way if you were not our leader. I’ve really enjoyed, and actually understood your stories! Thank so much.”

“Bryan, how did you become so smart?! I can’t understand how much information is stored in your brain! But, I feel very blessed to have you doing our retreat this year. I learned so much from you and I appreciate all of your hard work and effort.”

“Dear Bryan, I am writing this to you to thank you for all that you have taught me? When I first arrived, I thought it was going to be stupid, but as it all went on, I began to open my heart to God again. I want to thank you so much for that. I could never repay you for all you’ve done and for all I’ve learned, and I know God will bring you to heaven someday. Thank you!”

“Bryan, this is been such a magical retreat for me and for our whole group. Retreats have always been amazing, but you brought this year to a whole new level by having such an open heart to each of us, and teaching us such great things. I hope you’ll get as much back as you have given to us, thank you for being so amazing!”

“Bryan, I just wanted to communicate to you that all the kids who came here this evening came of their own free will.  They didn’t need to be here, but your talk last time made a big impact in their life.  Once I informed them that you were coming again to speak, they couldn’t wait to come.  Imagine that!  High school seniors wanting to come to church to hear you speak.  Some of them even left their sports banquets early to come hear you! That’s amazing, and it really speaks to what you do and how you let the Holy Spirit work through you.  So, thank you again for coming.  I wanted to let you know how much of an impact you have had on the teens.  God continue to bless you ministry.”

“Hi Bryan. I just wanted to tell you that you really inspired me today.  I have been having a hard time believing lately and am very prone to doubting my faith.  But, your joy and inspiration was a witness to me and to the fact that god is real.  You helped me today to have more faith and believe in God more.  I just wanted to thank you.

“Bryan was an amazing leader and truthfully he proved himself on our retreat by keeping the faith strong, and by constantly having the undivided attention of the whole group. He was able to bring a charisma that has been lacking in our youth group for a while!”

“Bryan’s talks were very well explained. He is a very empowering speaker who knows how to speak about Jesus in ways teens can understand. This retreat gave me a better understanding of what our plan is in life as far as being Catholic, and as far as growing to know Jesus.”

“The retreat that Bryan gave helped me understand more about God and about my religion. It was a good experience to learn more about my relationship with God, to confess my sins to him, and to learn how to be closer to him. I felt way closer to God in adoration, I felt like I could really just be open with him and talk to him. This retreat has helped me so much! Before the retreat, I didn’t believe as much as I do now. I pray a lot more now and I find myself turning to Jesus when I need help.”

“Thank you so much for leading our group this weekend! This is done such an inspiring retreat! Everything that I wanted answered this weekend was answered. Your stories really helped me so much, especially with proving that there is a God who we can trust and devote our whole selves to. Thank you so much!”

“You have been a very fun leader, playing games and giving serious talks. You your speech on the existence of God helps me to reaffirm my own faith, because there’ve been times I haven’t then 100% sure of God’s existence.”

“This retreat today really helped me to confirm that I love God. The talks helped me to understand that God loves everyone and if you believe in him he will answer your prayers. The most powerful thing about today’s retreat was the holy hour. It brought me closer to God than ever before.”

“I especially like Bryan’s talk, and I felt like I could really relate to what he was saying. Bryan’s talk was the best part of the retreat I think. It gave me a better understanding of my faith.”

“I came into this retreat not really sure what to expect. I wasn’t very excited to be here, to be honest. As the games and talks started, I was like ‘Oh, this isn’t so bad,’ and it only got better from there on. It went by too fast, I really wish we could do retreats like this every Saturday. The talks were very relatable and helped me to understand many things better, including love and sexuality. When we went to the church, I really connected with Jesus. I felt like there was a huge weight lifted off me. I now have much more faith than I did when I came.”

“I thought that Bryan was awesome, he had my attention the whole time. I like how he explained why sex before marriage is so sacred. I liked Bryan’s talk because it gives us a more direct and personal view about God. I really like the fact that he wasn’t ashamed to show how much he loved God.”

“Our parish has been blessed by having Bryan Mercer as leader and speaker at our high school confirmation retreats for a number of years. He has a great rapport and is absolutely able to connect with our teens. He has a gift for evangelization and the feedback from our youth is great.”

“I really liked this retreat.  It really opened up my mind to life and to what living is all about.  Thank you!”

“Going into this retreat, I was a little hesitant, but as the day went on I started to really appreciate it. Especially the prayer time in the holy hour. It made me release thoughts and feelings I’ve been keeping inside me for so long because I didn’t want to burden other people with them. I now feel so relieved and refreshed, it was beyond powerful and I am so thankful that I came.”

“The retreat was very enjoyable – the stories and speeches given were very meaningful – the holy hour was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Thank you!”

“I thought this was a really good retreat.  I found the speeches very interesting, especially the talk about the existence of God and how science doesn’t disprove God.  I liked all the real life examples.”

“This retreat gave me great insight on God. During the talk presentations, what struck me was God’s goodness and love. I also really liked the holy hour time. During this, I felt God’s presence within me and around me, I was able to talk to him and feel him in me.”

“Bryan’s talk was smart, funny, and easy to relate to. The subjects he touched upon, such as sticking to your faith no matter what people say, were ones that I know every student in the chapel was struggling with.”

“This was a very good retreat, and it helped me to relax and put my priorities in order.”

“The best thing about this retreat was the retreat leader. He was really cool, had funny stories and danced for us. It kept my interest. If we had a boring leader, this retreat would have been pure torture.”

“This retreat helped me to learn a lot about God!”

“I thought that this retreat helped me to realize how much God does for everyone, and that he is always there for me. During adoration, I saw many people go up to kneel at the altar to pray. This moved me a lot and so I went up to pray too. The entire retreat showed me that God is there, and that he helps me and others.”

“Bryan, the bottom line is about bringing young people to an experience with Jesus Christ. I have witnessed that you do exactly this. One of our most faithful teenagers was brought to Christ through one of your presentations here at our Faith Rally.  She was adamant that she did not want to go. But that day changed her life. She is now very active in our faith community. Attends adoration at least once a week. And now as a senior is looking at various Catholic colleges including Franciscan University.”

“Thank you so much for coming! You truly showed me that God can heal me. Having the opportunity to talk to you too has really given me a bit more of a positive outlook on life. This retreat made me cry which is really hard to do, and it gave me a lot of guidance. Thank you so much!”

Thank you for everything you did.  Your retreat caused me and a lot of others to open their eyes more to their faith. Thanks so much!”

“I especially liked Bryan’s talk, it was engaging. You could tell it was something he was really passionate about, and I felt like I could really relate to what he was saying.”

“I wanted to thank you for this retreat. It made me very happy, and that is big.  I suffer from depression and have been very low lately, but tonight, I felt good.  So, I wanted to thank you.”

“I thought Bryan’s talk was very good. I like how he was so enthusiastic about his talk. His message was inspiring on how when we go off to college we need to stick close to our faith.”

“Hey Bryan, I was at the retreat you just gave in New Jersey.  I wanted to say thank you very much for the retreat.  It was very inspiring.  I’ve been practicing Catholic my whole life, but I never had the opportunity to sit before God in silence.  It was very, very powerful and I really enjoyed the whole retreat. Thanks!!”

“Bryan’s talk was very touching to me. It really motivated me to do certain things, like accept my faith more, go more to church, and to defend it.”

“God works through Bryan tremendously, and he is really humble about it, truly knowing the Holy Spirit is the cause of it all. You can sense the Holy Spirit’s presence within him when he speaks. He is in love with God, and leads everyone who is willing closer to the heart of God. He communicates the desire to know the love of God and be consumed and healed by it, and to live in the love that is God.”

“Bryan’s talks really struck home with me. I liked how he talked to us and not down to us.”

“I thought Bryan’s talks were very inspiring, very moving, and brought out of different side of me. He showed quite a love for God and it came through to me. When I was in adoration, Bryan and Kathy prayed with me, and I felt the presence of God, a weight lifted off my shoulders, and I started to cry  It moved me a lot. Before this retreat I didn’t really believe in God, but after the retreat I felt his presence within me. Everything was wonderful.”

“Bryan was very helpful in helping us to understand how God loves us and protects us always. It was good to learn more about God, Jesus, and heaven in a peaceful environment. I realize now that God is not a condemning person, but someone who wants us to go to heaven.”

“Bryan has such a big heart. And I am so glad he put on our retreat because he helped us so much to find ourselves and our spirituality! Thank you so much!”

“The retreat with Bryan was fun, men learn a lot about God. It really opened my eyes. His talks were very interesting and enlightening. This retreat has really helped me and the way I pray, because I use to just say the prayers and that was it, but now I actually talk to God and give deeper meaning in my prayers. I even suggested to my mom after the retreat that we should go to church the following Saturday (we hadn’t been in a while), so we went and it felt really good to receive communion and attend mass. I really like the retreat just the way it was.”

“This retreat has been completely something else! Bryan did such an amazing job, and I hope he can do it again with us.”

“Bryan’s talks were very informative, and got me thinking about God and life after death. I went to confession and felt that a whole weight was lifted off my shoulder. I felt clean. During adoration, I had Bryan pray over me, afterwards I was crying but felt closer to God. I went into this retreat questioning God and his existence, but now I have a much stronger belief in him.”

“The Holy Hour was an absolutely wonderful conclusion to the retreat.  I truly mean that.  I entered with one question that had been nagging me for a long time, and no mater how long I would think, the answer would not come.  During the prayer, I had a true revelation and one that seemed to be almost in plain sight all along.  I entered the prayer time trembling with a lump in my throat and left relieved of it all, and almost completely serene.  To be frank, it was incredible.”

“I liked listening to Bryan and thought it was all enlightening.  It was nice to hear the Bible and other stories from someone other than a priest. We got to hear about him and his life and he made the talks interesting to listen to.”

“This retreat as a whole was the most awesome feeling I’ve ever felt.  Thank you and please keep doing what you’re doing!”

“Thank you so much for leading my first retreat. And thanks for talking to me about everything. I learned so much about my faith, my God, and myself, and I thank you for that.”

“Bryan Mercier was a very good speaker, and his talks were a great! I learned a lot and it wasn’t boring. I pray a lot more now, and talk to God more now.”

“Bryan’s talks were easy to understand, and some of his talks were really make me think about the things that I’m doing. I also learned a lot about God and Jesus.”

“I’ve really enjoyed, and got a lot out of this year’s retreat because of Bryan. He was able to keep our group together and to help each member grow closer to God. He made religion interesting, and the shed a new light on something that’s so great in this world.”

“Bryan’s talks helped me a lot to understand everything about my faith better. Since the retreat, I have had many experiences, and I pray to him more and feel that he was helping me. Because of the retreat I feel I’m now understand all about God, believe in him, and that he is there helping us. My experience in adoration was like nothing I’ve ever felt.”

“I just really wanted you to know Bryan that you touched me so deeply, and the retreat was great and brought tears to my eyes. I definitely want to thank you.”

“I liked how Bryan had us play games to warm us up, and get ready for the night. I really liked the stories about God that he shared with us. The way Bryan was describing what Jesus did for us and what he went through for us is what hit me the most. I thought the stories and all of the explanations that he was giving were incredible. I was able to learn more about God and who he really is and what he can do for us. Everything was great, awesome and inspirational.”

“The guy who ran the retreat, was really funny and he made it so that we were able to understand what he was saying. Because of this retreat, and the really powerful prayer service in the church, I really feel like Jesus is with me, legit, and I have a much stronger bond with God now.”

“I liked Bryan’s retreat because it helped me to believe in God more and to come closer to God. I also had the chance to meet other Catholics. Before the retreat started, I thought it was going to be very boring, but in the end, I found it to be life changing! It was awesome!”

“During the retreat, Bryan gave us a lot of information about the proofs of Jesus, and I thought that it was all great. I loved the retreat, it was spiritually moving for me.”

“Bryan was very moving and inspiring. At the beginning of the retreat I felt nervous going in, but in the end I felt happy and purer. The part in the church really helped me to feel relieved and to come closer to God. ”

“I think the retreat was awesome! I liked how you spoke about Jesus in a very interesting way that kept me entertained the whole time. Also, your stories were also really interesting, and I enjoyed how you connect to Jesus to your own life. You are a very good speaker. The retreat was a great experience – it was very inspirational and emotional, in a good way.”

“I was excited to come to the retreat, and I was interested in all of the talks. It really helped to give me a better understanding of Confirmation, and I felt closer to God after. My favorite part of the retreat was Eucharistic adoration.”

“I liked how Bryan talked about science and religion and how God created us. He really helped to show us that God is the only explanation for everything that exists. I really liked the prayer service in the church the best; I got a lot out of it. I feel as though I got a lot of my spirituality back. It was all perfect.”

“I really liked the visual examples that Bryan gave us to explain the existence of God (ex. The Legos and the Scrabble pieces). His individual talks were very effective. Overall the retreat made me reflect on my faith. Thank you!”

Hi Bryan, I was at your talk tonight at Saint Rose Parish.  Thank you so much for coming!! I have always been intrigued by apologetics and evangelization, so I found your talk to be extremely informative and helpful.

“I really like to Bryan’s stories, they were very inspiring! He inspired me to believe and to have more faith. Oh, and the games that we played were good too and helped me to want to be there. I could relate to Bryan because he was so full of energy. I liked the retreat, it was interesting and very moving.”

“What I liked about the retreat, was that I got to learn more about God in an interesting and fun way. I really enjoyed going into the church where we got to reflect and talk to God. I’m glad I came on this retreat.”

“The things I liked about the retreat were the leader who ran it and the prayer service in the church. The retreat leader was very moving and inspiring. And, the prayer service in the church at the end was the best. It made me think about the bad things that I have done, but it also helped me to feel closer to God. I felt relieved and much more clean and pure and happy. The retreat was very fun.”

“I went to the Steubenville East retreat and so didn’t think that I would like this one considering it was much smaller. I loved going into the church, and honestly,I thought that the adoration was even better than the Steubenville conference. But, I enjoyed the speeches and the prayer time. Bryan, you are a very good speaker and easy to relate to. Thank you!”

“I thought this retreat was going to belong and boring but it actually went by fast and was very interesting. I thought Bryan was very nice and did a great job speaking to us.”

“Bryan, I thought the retreat day you gave was really interesting and really cool! Your story of how going to church changed your life was emotional, in a good way, and so was when we met Jesus in the church. Your presentations were all really good.”

“I liked the games, the conversations and the talks, and that time when we went into the church. I really didn’t know what to expect coming into this, but it was very, very nice. I really liked it and would not add or take away anything. I thought it was all perfect.”

“This retreat helped me to think about my religion and my faith more. I really felt the pain of Jesus when Bryan was describing it; the whole retreat helped me to feel closer to God.”

“I thought that Bryan’s retreat was really awesome! It was fun, there was food, and for me, it was a great experience with God.”

“This retreat was better than I thought.  I enjoyed it very much and thought it was very moving.  Bryan was a great speaker, he was really funny and made the retreat more fun.  We were lucky to have him for our retreat, and I feel this retreat will change my life.”

“Hi this is Anthony. I just wanted to thank you for coming to my school, Camden Catholic High School for the retreat day. It was one of the best experiences in my life!! The talks you gave were on such a personal and spiritual level that I just about cried. When you prayed with me, I could feel the Lord fill the empty space in my heart.  Thank you too so much for praying for my mom and family with me. I appreciate the amount of care you had for my family and I.  Thank you!”

“I really enjoyed the retreat. To be honest, I expected it to be boring, but I was proven wrong. I really learned a lot, but it was also fun at the same time. You kept the talks interesting and didn’t bore me. I appreciate everything you shared, especially the last talk which really made me look and think about everything differently. I also enjoyed going into the church, it made me think about a lot of things in my life, and I really felt connected with God. Thank you.”

“I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the retreat on Sunday had a significant impact on my son.  We received devastating news regarding our family friends.  My son held me and his brother and talked to us about faith and how God would take care of everything.  He was so strong for himself and even more so for me and his little
brother.  I know the retreat ended with a prayer service which was powerful, and I just wanted to say thank you and to let you know the difference it made in his life.”

“Bryan you really helped me to open up both my heart and my mind to God.  For the first time, I listened.  I listened to the stories of Jesus and why He died for us. This was an epiphany moment for me, and I’m forever grateful and happy.”

“I really wasn’t looking forward to coming to this retreat today, but I’m really glad I did.  I enjoyed the talks you gave.  My favorite part of the retreat was Eucharist adoration and getting prayed over.  It was the best day I’ve had in a while, so thank you! I can only imagine all the other lives you have touched.”

“Bryan, really got a lot out of your talks and I like adoration.  I really enjoyed the way you spoke and went into things.  You are a really inspiring person, who in my opinion, helped to change my views and beliefs on God and the church.  It was all very moving and I wish I could have these talks everyday! Thank you so much for praying with me. I can really relate to your experiences and problems that you went through, and you’ve really helped me to get through the pain and take the right path in life, the one closer to God.”

“This was my favorite retreat!  It was so deep and empowering too! I’m so blessed that you came to our school and taught us the true meaning of faith.  I learned so much and it was a great experience. Thanks!!”

“You came to speak at my church a few years ago, and I wanted to let you know that you had a big impact on my life and are a huge reason why I came back to God.  When you were speaking about love, I was talking through your whole speech and you called me out on it.  You came right up to me and pointed at me and said, “God loves YOU so much. He love YOU and wants to show you that love.”  Then, when the prayer service came, God’s love really hit me, and I opened my heart to Him.  That day really changed me, and I live my faith out fully now… and I’m even discerning a vocation to religious life now!!  So, I just really wanted to thank you!!”