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1531 Festival - Camp Scholarship Fund

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Diane and I would like to invite you to join our family on Saturday August 13 from noon to 10pm up at the retreat center for the second annual 1531 Festival of Praise to benefit the Santiago Campers Scholarship Fund.

Many people have asked us, what can we do to help you and Diane and your mission at Santiago to share the Gospel here in Orange County?  Well, this is how.

  • Pray for us

  • Attend the 1531 Festival of Praise with your family and friends.  Attend for FREE or purchase the all inclusive Santiago Premium Pass (details below)

  • Fill out a donor card and sign on as an underwriter or regular sponsor to help sponsor a camper, a confirmation candidate, or a whole group. You can do so on the enclose donor card or via online giving on our website

Your sponsorship money will help to close the tuition gap between what it costs to provide our programing and what our campers and confirmation candidates can afford to pay to attend our camps, retreats, and events.

 Whichever way you choose to participate, and we know that you will, Diane and I thank you for your friendship, love and ongoing support.

So what is 1531 Festival of Praise, simply put – it is going to be one BIG party full of FAITH FILLED FUN FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.  Check out the event at

THE LINE UP: Fr. Stan Fortuna, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be flying in from England to join us again this year for our 12 hours of celebration of God’s creation in music, word, and song.  Joining Father Stan will be our good friend Trevor Thomson and his band along with 12 other artists on multiple stages who will be sharing their gifts of music in different  genres, everything from Irish Step Dancers, to the RYTHMO Mariachi Academia,to the Island Soul of Loa Greyson Band, to the quirky licks of Claude “Eukele” Le Blanc, and of course our good friend Ray Martinez and Vitae along with several other Contemporary Christian Praise bands. 

And we’ve even snuck in some of our favorite Catholic personalities, evangelists, apologists, to hang out and share time with us.

All of this will happen along with a wide selection of vendors, ministries and apostolates and an awesome selection delicious cuisines from our food court.

In between both sessions we’ll pray the rosary, celebrate mass and the sacrament of  Reconciliation will be available all day and the Shroud Center of Southern California (now located at Santiago) will be open for tours.

The cost to attend the 1531 Festival of Praise?  It's FREE, just take a few minutes of your time to register in advance online by visiting, we DO have a special, all-inclusive  Santiago Premium Pass available for a suggested donation of $99 per person.

The pass (and I’ve included a dozen for your use, which IS transferable if you are unable to attend) includes:

  • Premium on site parking (General Admission will be off-site parking)

  • Premium seating (General Admission is Festival Seating)

  • Access to Artists Lounge to hang out, meet and greet, mix and mingle with some of the

  • most in demand artists advancing the gospel through the arts working today

  • ALL DAY food and drink pass.  That’s right, just show your wrist band and load up.  The food will be hot, the beer will be cold, the plate will stay full…

  • Commemorative keepsake photo for you and your friends.  You might even make it into Father Stan’s social media feed…

Best of all though, your donation for the All Inclusive Premium Pass allows you to share in the good works of the Santiago Retreat Center

We hope to see you, your family and friends at 1531 Festival of Praise. If you have any questions or would like to get caught up on all the amazing ways that God has been working through Santiago please call myself or Diane (Dan's cell 714-337-3331 or Diane's cell 714-337-1491).  Your continued support and prayers are what sustain us we work.

Wishing you and yours a Buen Camino….

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