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This is event is hosted in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Arkansas in July. This five-day immersion experience teaches teens about Catholic social justice issues and how the Church is responding through the ministries in Catholic Charities. The afternoons are spent assisting various nonprofits in the community that serve the vulnerable in society. These include: Our House, Care Link Respite Center, Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Facility, Arkansas Food Bank and the Stewpot Soup Kitchen. This community service benefits a wide range of cultures, ages and is also interfaith. Find details about the next Catholic Charities Summer Institute by visiting our calendar of events.
Through this weekend event held in May, Catholic youth and their chaperones gather to renew friendships, learn and share unity in their Catholic identity as young people in today’s Church. Attendees learn about their faith and grow spiritually through the sessions offered. The Youth Advisory and Adult Advisory Councils plan and lead the event. The theme is featured in prayer services, general sessions, small-group sharing and Mass. Outstanding youth, adult leaders and youth groups are recognized and new YAC and AAC members are installed for the new year. Find details about the next Catholic Youth Convention by visiting our calendar of events.
This weekend event is co-hosted by the Office of Faith Formation. It is a peer-led retreat for youth preparing to be confirmed during the school year. The objective is to provide programming for rural churches that might have a difficult time preparing and conducting their own retreat because of limited resources. Click on the link below to register.
This daylong program is designed to appeal to students in grades six through eight. It is a low-cost and highly effective program that includes a speaker, praise and worship, lunch and Mass. This offers younger Catholics an opportunity to get a glimpse into diocesan programming. It is held on a Sunday afternoon usually in the fall. Click on the link below to register.
This three-day national event is held every other odd year. It is an exciting experience of prayer, community and education for teenagers and their adult advisors. The schedule includes liturgies, general sessions and special activities such as concerts, exhibits and tours. The general sessions and workshops are designed to address a broad number of topics through a variety of learning methods. Find details about the next National Catholic Youth Convention by visiting our calendar of events.
This three-day regional event is held every other even year. This conference is composed of the dioceses in the Region 10 states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Thousands of high school teens and adult chaperones gather to be part of the larger Church. The schedule includes Mass, general sessions and other activities.
This intense weekend retreat for 11th and 12th graders utilizes peer-to-peer ministry as its leadership. Search offers young people the chance to greater understand the meaning of Christianity in life and in the world. Besides experiencing God's presence, participants explore in-depth topics such as: Who Am I?; prayer; communication; reconciliation; and Who is Jesus? Search begins on a Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. It is held at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. This retreat, which is open to teens of all faiths, is usually held in the fall (December), spring (February or March) and summer (June).
This one-day event is designed to “kick-off” the new school year with God as the center of it all. It is formatted for 9th through 12th graders. It includes praise and worship, a keynote speaker, lunch and a community-inspired celebration of the Eucharist. It is normally held on a Sunday in September or October. Click on the link below to register.
This annual weekend of excitement is held in Little Rock to coincide with the Arkansas Mass and March for Life in January. It focuses on right-to-life issues through a youth perspective. Activities begin on Saturday night and include a speaker, dance and "lock-in". On Sunday after breakfast, youth go to the Mass for Life, which is followed by the March for Life to the state Capitol. It ends with the rally at the Capitol, which includes prayers, speakers and music. Click on the link below to register.
Youth Advisory Council and Adult Advisory Council Retreat
Scholarships are available to participants if the family and parish contribution fall short of the overall fee to attend an event. The following application asks for an explanation as to why a participant wishes to attend an event and what he or she hope to gain from the program.