What is search?



Launched in 1985, Derry Search Youth Group is a Catholic program for young people aged 15 and over. It is one of the first youth retreats to grow out of the Cursillo movement, with a ‘youth relating to youth’ approach referred to as Peer Ministry.

The Search Residential programme is a Christian living experience for young people between the ages of 15 and over. The programme consists of witness talks by young people, group discussion, drama, music, prayer, as well as a Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.



Leaving plenty of time for entertainment, fun and socialising. (No parts of this programme are compulsory) During the Search weekend, young people are given an experience of Catholic Christian community in action; something they may, or may not, experience in their homes, school, or parish.



The emphasis of the weekend is not to have adults teach or lecture in a classroom type setting, but to take the things we already know and believe as Catholics and put them into a life living youth friendly context.

After the weekend Search hold ‘Extension’ meetings. These meetings take place weekly, providing on-going support and encouragement to young people and anyone who has participated in search programme.