Mon. Oct 19th, 2020

By The Catholic Week
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry annually sponsors Search Retreats for high school aged teens.
According to Adam Ganucheau, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Search Retreats are one of the oldest programs offered by the diocese. “We know that in the early days of the office, we offered Search Retreats in the diocese before we added anything else,” Ganucheau said.
Search Retreats are weekend experiences “for teens, by teens” as they are peer-led by a group of teens. “The Search Team is made up of teen leaders who are trained and formed throughout the school year on their discipleship first, but they are given the skills to put the Search Retreats on,” Ganucheau added.
Young people give the talks and lead the small groups, which sets Search apart from other retreats where those tasks are often adult-led.
On a Search Retreat, teens experience a faith community, encounter Christ and the Church, and grow in their relationship with God and others. “I can look back on peer-led retreats that I participated in, both as a participant and a leader, as a teenager and count them as pivotal moments in my faith life,” Ganucheau commented.
Search Retreat 21 will be held Nov. 22-24 at Camp Baldwin in Elberta, with Search Retreat 22 being offered on January 10-12, 2020, at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin in Alexander City.
“What’s nice about Search is that it is smaller and more intimate than some of our bigger, flashier programs, and that registration is for each individual, not parish groups,” Ganucheau said.
— To register a young person for Search Retreats, please visit the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry website, www. or call 251-433-4138.

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