Over 2300 youth, parents, and adult leaders attended Holy fire great lakes! thank you for making this a memorable and meaningful INAUGURAL event

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Held on Sunday, October 13, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

The Stroh Center
Bowling Green State University

1535 E Wooster St
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

The producers of the nation's largest Catholic youth event, NCYC, invite young people in grades 6-8 to a one-day experience of dynamic speakers, music, and the sacrament of the Eucharist like they have never before experienced. At Holy Fire, young people will be invited and challenged to embrace their baptismal call and embrace the relevant and powerful gospel of Jesus. 

Pre-Order Your Box lunches from These Vendors

All attendees must either pre-order a $7 box lunch from a vendor below or bring their own - no lunch sales will be available onsite the day of the event, only limited concessions (drinks and snacks). Pre-ordered meals will be delivered to the Stroh Center on the day of event for pick up by Group Leaders during lunch break.

Holy Fire T-shirt sales


Pre-Sale T-Shirt for Holy Fire Great Lakes ended on September 20th for pre-event pricing and delivery. Limited sizes and colors will be available on site for $10 (+$2 XX /+$3 for XXX sizes)

  • Pre-Sale shirt delivery will be between October 4-7, 2019

Questions? Contact Mayra F. Carpena


Why Attend Holy Fire?

Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples who courageously live out our faith. Through Holy Fire, we seek to gather and grow the emerging faith of thousands of young people, accompanied by parents and leaders, so young people see themselves as active witnesses of Christ and engaged members of the Catholic Church.


Who Should Attend?


All 6th to 8th grade students from parish religious education, Confirmation, youth ministry and Catholic schools, together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, parents, chaperones, and pastors from throughout the region are invited. 

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Overview of the Day

Holy Fire Schedule (times listed are Eastern Time Zone)

9:00 AM          Doors Open
9:30 AM          Musical Performances / Main Stage Dance-Offs
10:00 AM        Opening Concert Featuring Joe Melendrez
10:30 AM        Welcome from Bishop Daniel Thomas, Toledo and opening by Emcee Dom Quaglia
featuring music by Sarah Kroger and the Holy Fire House Band
11:00 AM         Keynote 1: Katie Prejean McGrady
11:30 AM          Video Stories, Music, Prayer, and Youth Witness
NOON              Lunch (Must Bring Your Own Lunch) - Snack concessions available
                           Reconciliation Stations, Prayer Chain Activity
1:00 PM            Warm Up/ Concert performance - Joe Melendrez
1:30 PM            Emcee / Music by the Holy Fire House Band
1:45 PM            Keynote 2: Brian Greenfield
2:15 PM            Young Disciples Challenge - Renewal of Baptismal Vows,
                          Eucharistic Procession and Exposition
2:50 PM           Break / Prepare for Mass (Parents Arrive if Attending Mass)
3:00 PM           Celebration of the Eucharist - Bishop Earl Boyea, Lansing
4:00 PM           Conclusion of Holy Fire

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.

  • Group Leader Guide - Leaders Must Read Prior to Attending

  • Holy Fire Event Rules - Please Note: NFCYM will NOT be collecting any individual names, permission/medical slips, codes of conduct or safe environment forms from group leaders. The oversight of these forms will be the sole responsibility of each group leader/organizing agent in accordance with their parish/diocesan safe environment policies.

  • Stroh Center Prohibited Items List

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For More Information Contact:

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

This event is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
and hosted by the Diocese of Toledo

Leader Resources for 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.