Discovery & Christian Awakening Retreats

What is a Discovery retreat?

A peer-ministered retreat which encourages teenagers to discover their own identity and their relationship with God. The retreat is incredibly dynamic with talks, small group interaction and community-building experiences. It is based on the steps of evangelization and helps the young person know Jesus in faith!

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Who should go to a Discovery retreat?

9th or 10th graders who are ready to dive deeper into understanding their relationship with Jesus.

Participant Application

Youth Team Application 2017-2018

When are all the Discovery retreat dates?

Discovery #1

December 8-10, 2017

Watermarks Camp in Scottsville

for Early Bird pricing:

Register by Nov. 28, 2017

Discovery #2

January 12-14, 2018

Smith Mountain Lake (near Roanoke)

for Early Bird pricing:

Register by Jan. 2, 2018

Discovery #3

February 23-25, 2018

Smith Mountain Lake (near Roanoke)

for Early Bird pricing:

Register by Feb. 13, 2018

What is a Christian Awakening retreat?

A peer-ministered retreat which enables the teenagers to come to know and experience Christ, and to see him in themselves and others. Youth are invited to look at ways of serving others and becoming better, more fully committed Christians.

Who should go to a Christian Awakening retreat?

11th or 12th graders who are ready to live their faith in a profound way. Christian Awakening (CA) builds on the foundational elements of the Discovery Retreat and is great for forming leaders in your parish community.

When is the Christian Awakening retreat date?

October 13-15, 2017

Camp Bethel (near Fincastle)

for Early Bird pricing:

Register by Oct. 3, 2017

How do I register?

All registrations are entered online. Download and print registration forms to be filled out and given to the parish youth minister/coordinator by the deadlines above to be entered online. The Office for Evangelization will not accept any registrations that are sent via USPS or fax.

What does it cost?

The participant cost for all retreats is $165 and covers all lodging, meals, and supplies for the weekend. Parishes should send the registration fee (made payable to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond) for each participant to: Office for Evangelization; 7800 Carousel Lane; Richmond, VA 23294. An early bird rate of $140 will be applied for all registrations entered by the dates listed above. An invoice will be sent after all retreats have concluded to each parish for any unpaid registration fees.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Registrations cancelled prior to two weeks before the retreat start date incur no penalty. Registrations cancelled after the cut off date will incur a $100 penalty. No-shows will not receive a refund. Cancellations must be received in writing via email at evangelization@richmonddiocese.org. No phone cancellations will be accepted.

Last day to make cancellations:

  • Discovery 1: November 22, 2017
  • Discovery 2: December 29, 2017
  • Discovery 3: February 9, 2018
  • Christian Awakening: September 29, 2017

Can I make substitutions for other youth?

Yes. Substitutions will incur a $25 fee for any changes made within 13 days of the retreat, including the retreat start date. All substitutions must be made in writing via email at evangelization@richmonddiocese.org.