Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation Retreats

There will be two overnight Confirmation Retreats offered during the 2019-2020 school year.  Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year or the fall of 2020.  

Please note: Parents are able to register their children.  Please notify your parish if you register your child.  Some parish Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministers choose to register their group by using paper permission forms instead of having parents register their children online.

***Students must attend the entire retreat to attend at all - no exceptions.***

2019-2020 Retreat Dates, Locations, and Registration:

Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20*: Trout Lake Camp, Pine River
Registration deadline TBD
Cost: TBD before registration deadline.  $10 more after deadline.
Check-in: Friday 5:45-6:20 p.m.; Retreat concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29: Big Sandy Camp, McGregor 
Registration deadline TBD
Cost: TBD before registration deadline.  $10 more after deadline.
Check-in: Friday 5:45-6:20 p.m.; Retreat concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Registration will be available by the end of August.  You will choose which date of your retreat on the Active Network website.  

*Please note date change since original date announcement at the May Youth Minister Meeting.

Chaperones should also register at the registration link when it is available.  Please choose the retreats with CHAPERONE in the title.

Parish Check-In List:  Chaperones should bring the list of students and chaperones attending the retreat on this form.


Packing List: 

  • Clothes (2-days' worth, modest please, no holes above the knee)
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping Bag OR sheets and blanket(s) for a twin bed
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
  • Bath Towel
  • Snack to be shared by all (crackers, chips, veggies, fruit, etc.)
  • Prescription medications, if needed (to be turned in at registration)
  • Bible and notebook (optional)
  • Limited amount of spending money for extra snacks
  • Tennis shoes (for gym, optional)

Please note: Supper will not be provided on Friday night so please eat before you arrive.  Lunch will not be provided on Sunday, so you may wish to bring money to stop for food on the way home.

Please DO NOT bring:

  • Cell phones, tablets, mp3 players & other electronic distractions.  If driving, leave your cell phone in your car (at your own risk).
  • Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, electronic smoking products, or weapons.  Bringing these items will result in immediate dismissal from the retreat and no refunds will be available.


Why Do Confirmands Need To Have a Retreat?
One requirement for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is to go on a Confirmation retreat.  The Diocesan Guidelines for Confirmation state:

"Retreat: During the process of preparing for Confirmation, an overnight retreat or its equivalent is required. An overnight retreat enables the young person to be removed from everyday activities and thus allows him/her to focus fully on the greatness of the Sacrament he/she is preparing to receive. The retreat should be specific to the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Diocese of Duluth provides Confirmation retreats, and each parish is asked to strongly consider participating in these retreats. If you have questions regarding retreats for Confirmation, please contact the Diocesan Pastoral Center."

-Diocesan Guidelines for Catechesis: Sacramental Prep Policies - Page IV-5

For other requirements, please read the document found at the link above starting on Page IV-4.

What Are The Options For Confirmation Retreats?
1) Diocesan Confirmation Retreats
- Three are offered throughout the year.
2) Provide your own parish retreat
- Must conform to the Diocesan Guidelines

Chaperone Information:
The parish must provide: One chaperone for every eight (8) retreatants. Chaperones must be 21 or older and be confirmed. They must complete the Diocese of Duluth Online Youth Protection Training which includes a background check and  acknowledgment of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Go to to log in.

The role of the chaperone is vital to the success of the retreat. Therefore, they are required to be present throughout the entire retreat. They will be responsible for the retreatants they bring, we do also ask that the chaperones be willing to assist in the taking care of behind-the-scenes details once they arrive. Duties might include helping in the kitichen, covering patrol duty during the night and praying for retreatants.

Preparing For The Retreat:

Driving: Each parish is responsible for getting their students to and from the retreat. Friday's dinner is not provided.

Attendance: All retreatants will be expected to attend the entire retreat to fulfill the Diocese of Duluth Confirmation requirements.

What to Bring: Students are to bring sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries, etc. as well as snacks (to be shared by all). Leave cell phones, tablets, etc. at home. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from the retreat.

Registering For the Retreat:

BEFORE the registration date:
Please register retreatants on-line at the link provided on this page.

*Cost and Payment:
$40 for October and December Retreats, $85 for March Retreat - per student before registration deadline
$50 for October and December Retreats, $95 for March Retreat - per student after registration deadline
To Be Determined - Chaperones

Please bring one check payable to the Diocese of Duluth from your parish for the total amount due for all retreatants.

A Note To Youth Ministers and DREs:

Retreats are a great opportunity for building relationships with your youth. If you have a youth attending a retreat, we expect you'll make the most of this opportunity and be willing to serve as a small group leader or chaperone.

Due in Altum,

"You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all."
-Saint Therese of Lisieux

Father Michael Schmitz
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Heather Serena
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Annette Merritt
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Diocese of Duluth
Youth/Young Adults
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Fax: 218-724-1056


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