A Middle School Event Like No Other!

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(Doors Open at 9:00 AM)

The Diocese of Nashville
Catholic Pastoral Center
Sagrado Corazon De Jesus

2800 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

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. 

Tickets and Lunches Now On Sale!



  • Ticket cost is $45 (tickets may be purchased at the door)

  • Add a $5 Lunch - Includes Chick-fil-A sandwich, drink and chips.
    These lunches must be pre-purchased online or you must bring your own.

  • All tickets ordered online by October 11 were mailed out on October 16. If you do not receive them before the event, please go to Entrance #2 - Will Call area to receive a new set of tickets.

  • All tickets ordered online between October 12-23 will need to be picked up onsite at entrance #2 (Will Call) on October 26 (Saturday).

  • No online orders accepted after October 23. After that date, tickets must be purchased in person on the day of the event at Entrance #2.

  • Every person attending Holy Fire (chaperones included) must purchase a ticket to enter the facility for the event.

  • Young people attending must be chaperoned in accordance with their parish/diocesan safe environment policies. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend with their own junior high aged teens.

  • Questions about ticket sales? Contact Us


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Pre-Sale T-Shirt for Holy Fire Great Lakes ended on October 3rd.
Limited sizes and colors will be available for sale on site for $10 (+$2 XX /+$3 for XXX sizes).

  • Pre-Sale shirt delivery will be between October 18-20, 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. 


Overview of the Day

Holy Fire Schedule (times listed are Central Time Zone)

9:00 AM          Doors Open
9:30 AM          Musical Performances / DJ
10:00 AM        Opening Concert featuring PEABOD
10:30 AM         Welcome with Emcees Dom Quaglia and Sarah Kroger / Music by PJ Anderson and the Holy Fire House Band
11:00 AM          Keynote 1: Chris Padgett
11:30 AM          Video Stories, Music, Prayer, and Youth Witness
NOON              Lunch (Bring Your Own or Pre-Purchased Meals)
                           Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations, Prayer Chain Activity
1:00 PM            Concert performance with PEABOD
1:30 PM            Warm Up Reprise
1:50 PM            Emcee / Music by PJ Anderson and the Holy Fire House Band
2:00 PM           Keynote: Katie Prejean McGrady
2:30 PM            Young Disciples Challenge: Forged in Prayer - Renewal of Baptismal Vows,
                          Eucharistic Procession and Exposition, Reconciliation, Prayer Experience
3:30                   Break / Prepare for Mass (Parents Arrive if Attending Mass)
4:00 PM           Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Mark Spalding (Parents Welcome)
5:00 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.

Leader Resources for Preparing Young People

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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.


Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville

Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville

This event is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

This event is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

For More Information Contact:

Michael Theisen
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Phone: 202-674-4209

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