Castaway Retreat

Castaway is a 3-day weekend retreat experience for youth in grades 9-12 and sponsored through Catholic Education Ministries. Youth from our diocese have been participating in this retreat for 48 years. Castaway is usually offered the last weekend(s) of March (depending on when Easter occurs) and is held at the Young Life- Castaway Camp near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. More information and registration materials are available through our events page.

Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference

DCYC is an overnight gathering for youth in grades 9-12 in our diocese to learn, pray, share faith more deeply and to have fun in a safe and Catholic setting. This conference is held at the Castaway Young Life Camp near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Other features of DCYC include messages from a keynote speaker, small group discussion, Mass with our Bishop, opportunities for reconciliation and awesome food and fun. Join us in this exciting, fun, and faith-filled 2-days designed to celebrate youth and to enhance our Catholic faith!  More information and registration materials are available on our events page.

Middle School Rally

The middle school rally is typically held on a Sunday in January from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.. The middle school rally is designed for youth in grades 6-7-8th grade, and the adults who are serving youth in their parish. For 23 years our focus of the day has been about gathering as the young diocesan church to celebrate being Catholic. A typical rally would include a keynote speaker, witness talks from other youth, mixer games, workshops, mass, and lots of fun and great food.  More information and registration materials can be found under this year’s event on our events page.

A Call to Service

A Call to Service (ACTS) has a 25+ year history and is a weeklong service learning experience for youth in 9th – 12th grade usually during the third week of June. The program is a collaborative effort between Catholic Education Ministries of the Diocese of St. Cloud and parish youth ministers. The goals of A Call to Service are to help youth:

      • Develop a commitment to service as a life-long component of faith.
      • Identify ways in which they receive through giving.
      • Be introduced to a variety of multicultural experiences.
      • Experience a Catholic faith community.
      • Share their experience with their faith community back home.

More information and registration materials are available on our events page. 

Diocesan Confirmation Retreats

Diocesan conducted Confirmation retreats are offered a couple of times throughout the year.  These retreats are one day long and offer an opportunity for parishes to sign up just a few youth with chaperones or reach out the Kent and schedule a retreat for the youth in an Area Catholic Community.  

Contact Kent Schmitz at (320) 251-0111 X 4 for retreat options.

Virtual Confirmation Retreat Materials are available for download below.  These resources have been adapted to be used virtually or in a hybrid model.  Please contact Kent if you have questions about the materials.

Student Booklet (PDF)

Leader Booklet (PDF)

Central Minnesota Together Encoutering Christ (TEC)

Together Encountering Christ (TEC) is a three-day retreat weekend based on the Paschal Mystery: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our TEC Center is located just outside of Little Falls in central Minnesota.For most TEC participants, words can not describe the weekend, the feeling, nor the encounter with Christ, but you can certainly ask any family or friends that have participated on a TEC weekend or for further information or you may visit the Central Minnesota TEC website.