Holy Fire

A Middle School Event Like No Other!

One Day Events Held On:

Friday, October 20
Saturday, October 21

9 am to 3:30 pm
10 am to 4:30 pm

University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion
525 S Racine Ave - Chicago, IL

Why participate?

Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. We believe that a joint witness of thousands of young people and their prayers will indeed help young people to see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.


All 6th to 9th grade students from parish religious education programs and Catholic schools, together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, parents, chaperones, and pastors are invited. An unforgettable field trip for Catholic middle schools and parish based programs and groups.

Overview of the Day

Friday / Saturday


Doors Open/ Musical Performances/DJ

Opening Concert Featuring Joe Melendrez

Welcome with Steve Angrisano and the Holy Fire House Band

Keynote: Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

Video Stories, Music, Prayer, and Youth Witness

Lunch (Bring Your Own) - Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations

Steve Angrisano and the Holy Fire House Band

Keynote: Noelle Garcia

Young Disciples Challenge: Forged in Prayer - Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Eucharistic Procession and Exposition, Reconciliation, Prayer Stations

Celebration of the Eucharist with Cardinal Cupich

Message of Sending Forth/Closing Concert and Holy Finale (Saturday Only)

Holy Fire Concludes

8:15 / 9:15AM

9:00 / 10:00AM

10:00 / 10:30 AM

10:30 / 11:00 AM

10:50 / 11:20 AM

11:30 / 11:45 AM


12:15 / 12:30 PM

12:30 / 12:45 PM

1:00 / 1:15 PM

2:15 / 2:15 PM

3:30 / 4:30 PM

Leader Information

Event information is posted here for all Group Leaders. Please note that all attending must bring their own lunch and each group is responsible for obtaining their own permission slips in accordance with their diocesan, parish and/or school policies and procedures.

Tickets Now on Sale!

Ticket Pricing

Note: No individual registrations/permissions are needed to purchase tickets. Only a ticket is needed for an attendee to enter the facility for this event. Adult leaders/parents are asked to follow the safe environment requirements outlined by their respective parish/diocese.

  • July 1- October 2  = $35.00
  • October 3-15         = $40.00
  • October 16-21        = $45.00

Note: Tickets ordered by October 2 will be sent regular mail. After October 3, tickets will be available at the onsite WILL CALL at UIC Pavilion on October 19, 20 or 21.

Limited concession service onsite - participants MUST bring their own lunches.

Holy Fire T-Shirts

To advance order t-shirts, please e-mail Robert Feduccia (rfeduccia@newdwpinc.comwith sizes and quantities.

  • $10 Advanced Holy Fire T-Shirts available until Friday, September 15th 2017 - Bulk shipped 25 or more for free by ground, 
  • $15 Holy fire T-shirts after September 16th - October 21st = 15.00 plus shipping. (last day to ship October 10th - pick up onsite day of Event Free. As supplies last.

Hotel Accommodations

For groups wishing to stay overnight near the event venue, Holiday Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown has a block of rooms available for the special rate of $159/tax per night on a first come-first served basis. To reserve, call 855-268-1763 and mention group block code: HF7.

For more information, contact: Lainie Habel - Grabowski, Sales Manager, Holiday Inn & Suites
506 West Harrison Street, Chicago IL 60607,  312-583-4492, lhabel@hidowntown.com

Leader Resources for Forming and Preparing Young People

Use the resources below to help form and prepare the young people for the Holy Fire event and the faith messages and experiences they will be participating in throughout the day.

What to Expect - a handout written for young people to help prepare them for Holy Fire.

Pre and Post-Event Formation Sessions -  faith formation sessions to help further form and catechize young teens on the faith themes that will be touched upon during the event. Excellent for use in Catholic school and parish faith formation and youth ministry settings.

On the Bus Questions - a series of questions for leaders to use with young people both during the trip to the event and for processing the event on the ride back.

For More Information Contact:

Michael Theisen
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
E-mail: miket@nfcym.org     Phone: 202-674-4209

This event is produced and presented by NFCYM and Declan Weir Productions.
Archdiocese of Chicago is our sponsoring host.