Search Retreat

The Search Retreat is an instrument through which the Holy Spirit encounters young people through the works, actions, and lives of the Young Church (their peers). This peer-led retreat experience seeks to foster community, curiosity, discovery and trust between young people and their Catholic faith (BELONG). Fostering that new (or renewed) sense of trust, peer and adult leaders guide youth through prayer, witness, catechesis and sacraments toward a deeper commitment and conversion to Jesus Christ (BELIEVE). The culmination of the Search retreat is not an end to an experience but rather a beginning of continued conversion and commitment that leads young people into a life of missionary discipleship. Young people are sent forth into their own parish communities to become peer leaders in parish youth ministry, witnessing their own conversion and inviting other young people into the same life changing experience (BEHAVE).

Who can attend a Search weekend?

High School youth grades 10 through 12 can attend a Search Retreat weekend. Youth decide to participate in Search for various reasons, some out of curiosity or to experience something different, others to spend time with their friends or to meet other Catholics their own age. Some come to Search with a strong faith life while others question the existence of God. Whatever your reason for attending a Search weekend, we welcome you and invite you into what can be a life changing experience.

When and where is Search?

Search is usually held twice a year in the spring and fall. Check the calendar for upcoming dates and registration information. The weekend begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and concludes at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Currently, the retreat is held at Short Journey Center located at 2323 Cleveland Road, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Please note that elements of a Search Retreat weekend build upon one another. Participants are asked to commit to the entire weekend without interruption.

How much is it to attend?

Cost for the Search Weekend is $80 per participant. No one is denied participation because of inability to pay.

Search Team Training

Search Spring Team Training is for any sophomore, junior or senior who has already made Search Retreat. Search participants are encouraged at the end of a retreat weekend to take on a leadership role for the next Search weekend. Commitment to a team training retreat and parish recruitment is required. Check the calendar for upcoming dates and registration information. For more information, please contact our retreat leader Monique Wertis,