Youth Ministry Diocesan Events

Fort Smith, Arkansas 

Youth Director   Jennifer Briselden   479-783-7745

Senior High Youth Rally     
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.

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).

Weekend Extravaganza        

This annual weekend of excitement is held at the Robinson Center 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 and dance.  On Sunday, after breakfast, youth go to the Statehouse Convention Center for 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. 

National Catholic Youth Convention (NCYC) 
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.