Northwoods Mission Hub

Who We Are

Damascus is a community of missionaries who awaken, empower, and equip a generation to live the adventure of the Catholic faith through world-class programs and an environment of encounter.

The Damascus Northwoods Mission Hub serves campers, parishes, and young adults in the Twin Cities and surrounding regions.

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Young Adults

If you have a passion for mission, you are invited to join the Damascus Mission Corps for formation, community, and opportunities to be on mission with Damascus throughout the school year. Connect with Dominic to learn more!

All are invited to join us Monday mornings at the Cathedral to pray and intercede together for our diocese and region.


Damascus's Northwoods Mission Hub was conceived when Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens invited Damascus to explore expansion into the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, after seeing the movement’s impact in Ohio. In 2021, a small team of Damascus missionaries moved to the Twin Cities to work with various parishes and movements within the Archdiocese and to establish a second location for the flagship high-adventure program, Catholic Youth Summer Camp.

In addition to running CYSC Northwoods, the mission hub team equips a community of local young adults to facilitate formation and evangelistic events for youth during the school year. Currently, CYSC Northwoods is hosted at a rented property while we explore the possibility of opening a permanent campus and a year-round retreat center that can provide world-class programs and an environment of encounter to tens of thousands each year.

Meet the Damascus Northwoods Missionary Staff

Sam Halligan
Northwoods Hub Director // Northwoods Camp Director
Nick Jung
Worship Coordinator
Teresa Wilder
Mission Hub Administrator
Roni Lapczynski
Youth Program Coordinator
Dominic Rivera
Young Adult Coordinator