A capacity crowd of 900 youth is expected to attend Archdiocesan Youth Day next month at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, and the large number of participants comes as no surprise to Bill Dill, the archdiocese’s youth ministry events coordinator.
In addition to the strong effort by pastors and youth ministers to promote the Sept. 15 event, Twin Cities-area youth are hungry for the opportunity to share and learn more about their faith, he said.
“Young people want to know God. They’re looking for something both exciting and deeply fulfilling,” Dill said. “The Lord is calling them, and our youth are responding.”
“This will be the biggest turnout we’ve had for an archdiocesan youth event in as long as I can remember,” he added. “It’s very exciting.”
While initial registration numbers are at capacity for the event, youth are still encouraged to register with their parish for the gathering because spots may open up.
Archdiocesan Youth Day, organized for high school students with the theme “Reason for Hope” (a reference to 1 Peter 3:15), will feature a full day with Archbishop John Nienstedt, Mass, music, food, testimonials, adoration, Benediction and speakers, including youth ministers and Father Michael Schmitz, director of youth/young adult ministry in the Diocese of Duluth.
For more information, visit the archdiocese’s website.