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 / 3:30 PM

3:30 / 4:30 PM

Leader Information

Event information will be 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.

Group Tickets Now on Sale!

Ticket Pricing

  • Until June 30           = $33.00
  • 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

  • $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.

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 and hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago.