Holy Fire
Chicago 2018

A Middle School Event Like No Other!

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
(Doors Open at 8:30 am daily)

UIC Pavilion, Chicago
525 S. Racine Avenue

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.

Who Attends?

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 form throughout the Midwest region.

Costs: Tickets will go on sale in late April

  • $33 – until August 15

  • $35 – August 16 until October 1

  • $40 – October 2 until October 22

  • $45 – After October 23

Overview of the Day

Schedule of Events for Both Friday and Saturday

8:30 am     Doors Open

9:00 am     Warm Up Events

9:30 am     Opening Concert with Josh Blakesley Band

10:00 am   Welcome with Noelle Garcia

10:20 am   Keynote: Paul J. Kim

11:00 am   Noelle Garica and Josh Blakesley Band

11:30 am   Lunch (Bring Your Own) - Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations

12:10 pm  Josh Blakesley and the Holy Fire House Band

12:25 pm  Keynote: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

12:50 pm  Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Eucharistic Procession and Exposition

1:30 pm    Celebration of the Eucharist with Cardinal Cupich

2:30 pm    Holy Fire Concludes


Limited Discounted Hotel Rooms Near UIC Pavilion Now Available

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown - 506 West Harrison


  • Rate: $159 rate plus tax. Discounted parking rate of $35 per night also available.
  • Reservations: Call 855-268-1763 and ask for the Holy Fire 2018 room block
  • Questions: Contact Lainie Habel-Grabowski (lhabel@hidowntown.com) / 312-583-4492

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For More Information

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.

Leader Resources for Forming and Preparing Young People for Holy Fire

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.

Group Leader Promotion and Preparation 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. Permission slips WILL NOT be collected by event organizers, they are to be retained by each group leader.

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