Castaway Retreats

Castaway is a 3-day 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 46 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. Registration information is available through contacting the Consultant for Youth Ministry and Religious Education at CEM.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreats

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

Virtual Confirmation Retreat Materials (pandemic appropriate) for students and leaders.

Student Booklet (PDF)

Leader Booklet (PDF)


A Call to Service


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.