Beyond Belleville

History of TEC

TEC has had a long and rich history since Fr. Matt Fedewa first came up with the idea in 1965 in Battle Creek MI.  Fr. Matt was inspired by the renewed vision of the Catholic Church and the centrality of the Paschal Mystery to design a retreat experience which would bring the essentials of the Catholic faith into clear focus for high school seniors and young adultsThe first TEC weekend was held October 9-11, 1965. During the following years the movement met with great success in the Lansing Diocese, and was shared with many other dioceses, both near and far.  Today TEC is active in well over forty dioceses throughout the United States, the Bahamas, Canada, South America, Central America and Europe.

Encounter 2016

Every year TEC has a national convention called “Encounter”, and it is open to anyone who has made a TEC weekend.  Great River TEC in Quincy Illinois will be hosting Encounter 2016, July 29-31.  If you have made a TEC weekend, we would love for you to join us there next year.  To register for Encounter 2016 or to view the schedule of events click here

National TEC

TEC Conference, with its headquarters in New Orleans, oversees the TEC movement throughout the world. Visit to learn more!