The Search Program is an instrument through which the Holy Spirit speaks to and directs young people through the works, actions, and lives of their peers. It provides an opportunity for each young person to gain greater insight into the meaning of Christianity in their life and thoughts of those their own age who have begun already to find and discover insights and meanings.
What is Search?
Search is a peer-led retreat weekend sponsored by the Diocese of Raleigh that touches people’s lives because it encourages participants to seek and find Christ in them and in one another. It is a series of witness talks and activities prepared and given by a team of high school youth. The weekend gives you the opportunity to look at your faith and life in a new way.
Who goes to Search?
10th, 11th, and 12th graders, and adults who work with them, who want to be a part of an exciting and different weekend attend a Search Retreat. People participate in the Search program for various reasons. Some go to experience something different, others to meet and spend time with people their own age. Some have a strong faith while others are questioning God’s existence. Don’t let nervousness stand in the way of a special weekend. Please join us for an experience that will be long remembered.
Please note that unlike parish-based retreats, teens do not need chaperones from their parish to attend with them and participants can come on their own or as a group with their parish.
When is Search?
Search is usually held three or four times a year. See the Youth Ministry calendar for upcoming dates and registration information. The weekend begins promptly at 7:30 on Friday night (participants are asked to arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. to settle in) and concludes at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Please note that elements of the Search weekend build upon one another, and therefore participants are asked to commit to the entire weekend without plans to arrive late, leave early, or leave the retreat at any point during the weekend.
How much is it to attend?
Cost for the Search Weekend is $120 for participants; $90 for team leaders. No one is denied participation because of inability to pay.
Registration for Search 189, held on March 9-11, 2018, is now closed.
Registration for Search 190, to be held on April 27-29, 2018, is now open.
Where is Search held?
All retreats for the 2017-18 year will take place at Camp Rockfish, outside Fayetteville, NC.
Go to Search and you'll...
Open yourself up without the judgment of others.
Make lifelong friendships.
Receive moral support from people you've just met.
Grow in your faith and self-confidence.
Have the opportunity to become a leader and help others.
Spend a weekend with people who love you for who you are.
Never listen to some songs the same way again!