Starts: SATURDAY, JULY 30 | at 5PM
Ends: SUNDAY, JULY 31 | 1 PM




$45.00 for Overnight
$30.00 for a One-Day Participant (either Saturday 5PM-1AM or Sunday 7AM-3PM)


Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

1170 N River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016


5 PM Registration, Dinner
7 PM Opening, Welcome/Invocation, Keynote
9 PM Passion Play
11 PM Catechetical Sessions/Workshops
1 AM Praise & Worship, Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour
3 AM Live Stream of WYD Mass from Krakow
5 AM Taize Prayer
7 AM Breakfast
9 AM Cultural Prayer and Procession to Mass
11 AM Closing Mass w/the Shrine Community
1 PM Lunch


A Pilgrim's Patio, Prayer and Worship music, a Prayer Labyrinth, Spiritual Companionship, Reconciliation and other activities will be available throughout the event.

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Noelle GarciaCO-MC

About Noelle

Noelle Garcia is a Catholic speaker and recording artist with World Library Publications. She has traveled the country speaking and sharing her testimony that we are all wonderfully made in God's image. Noelle has been featured in CNN's Latino in America documentary, EWTN's Life on the Rock, and recently released her third CD featuring her husband, David McHugh. Noelle resides in Kansas with her four young children and strives to live ministry through vocation. You can find out more about Noelle through her website:

Mark DinglasanCO-MC


Mark Dinglasan is currently the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County, an organization that trains volunteers to advocate in court for children in foster care that have been abused & neglected. He also helps lead the young professionals ministry of St. Hedwig in Bucktown. Mark has been involved in ministry since he was 16 and spent 3 years as a lay missionary for Couples for Christ, serving in both the Philippines and the United States. After leaving ministry work he began a career in corporate sales while earning his MBA from DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. In his spare time, Mark is also a marathon coach and co-hosts the Asian-American talk show, FilAm Now, which airs on GMA Pinoy TV every Saturday at 7PM CST. Through life's ups and downs, he has always held onto his guide verse, Romans 5:3-5, which always reminds him that God is in control.



Your Change for My Change: Mercy, Mercy Me.

In one way or another, we are faced with change. Whether it is someone asking you for spare change or it’s the loose change you ignore for dollars, change is our reality. Join dr. timone davis as she talks about change and it's relationship to mercy. As Christians we seek to get closer to God. Let's talk about how.

BIO: timone davis is a cradle Catholic who was a “pewster” until she discovered that the uselessness of the Church was because she wasn’t giving anything of herself. After committing to do something, her life changed. Her first ministry was with the RCIA, where she not only welcomed others into the Church, but also revitalized her own spirituality.
After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the coordinator of ReCiL – Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry, timone launched PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband Orlando, where they are blending clinical counseling and spiritual companioning. timone is also a clinical assistant professor at the Institute of Pastoral Ministry at Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she serves as the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.



Forgiveness and Reconciliation: God Help Us!

Presentation on the Theology and Spirituality of Reconciliation and Forgiveness. As a priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, I am often inspired by our mission. Precious Blood spirituality calls for inclusion, for seeking out people who feel unloved, rejected and alone, in the same way that Christ seeks them out. The Missionaries seek to spread this reconciling love, reconciliation, love and hope to everyone, especially the lost, the hopeless, the poor, victims of violence — anyone who feels left out of the circle of God’s love.

BIO: Fr. Kevin is a Precious Blood priest, and was recently assigned as special assistant to the president for Mission and Ministry at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, IN (just across the state line). Fr. Kevin is an experienced and gifted theology instructor, having done so at high school, college, and graduate levels. He is also a gifted pastoral minister. As Chaplain at Bishop Noll Institute (Whiting), he led an effort to bring the Kairos retreat to three Diocese of Gary Catholic High Schools.


Celebrating the Year of Mercy with Catholic Relief Services

Spreading God’s mercy is central to the mission of the Catholic Church. During this World Youth Day celebration, young adults are invited to consider how we are all called to show Christ’s compassionate love to people around the world. Catholic Relief Services has been reaching out to the poor and broken on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States for more than 70 years. You can, too! This workshop will inspire and provide practical skills to live out the works of mercy through prayer, learning, action and giving to those in need overseas.

BIO: Beth Knobbe currently serves as a relationship manager with Catholic Relief Services, where she works with dioceses and universities to engage Catholics in living their faith in solidarity with the poor around the world. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and she has a Bachelor of Science degree from Briar Cliff University. Beth has also shares her time writing and speaking about the spiritual life. She is the author of Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion (2011) and Finding My Voice: A Young Woman’s Perspective (2009).


Social Analysis: Mercy at the Systemic Level

This workshop will provide tools for looking critically at systems of power. We will address structural barriers to mercy, ask who might benefit from these barriers, discuss personal experiences of faith requiring justice, and create an action plan which empowers us to overthrow the systems that prevent us from being merciful.

BIO: Rachel is a student at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, earning a degree in Social Justice. She is also an Issues Staff at 8th Day Center for Justice, a coalition founded by Catholic religious congregations, acts as a critical alternative voice to oppressive systems and works to change those systems.

Kevin FoySpeaker

Mercy Made Real: Living God's Mission to the Margins

Jesus made the love and compassion of God visible in the real world, among real people with real problems, and we are called to do the same. Using the story of the Canaanite Woman s Faith (Matthew 15:21-28) as a framework, this session will explore how we are challenged to embrace the humanity of those outside of our comfort zones. We will draw upon mission experiences in Haiti, Guatemala, and the El Paso/Juarez border to explore how young adults in the United States can enter into the lives of their neighbors on the margins locally and globally. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how God's mercy has touched their lives, and discern how they are called to share that mercy in the community and world around them.

BIO: Kevin Foy is the director of Mission Education for the Maryknoll Missioners in the Midwest. Based in Chicago, Kevin forms and resources Catholics in the United States to discover the joy and fulfillment of sharing God's love, and to make global and local connections with people in need. Kevin has worked with students and families on the margins in Alabama, Texas, and Washington State, and led multiple mission immersion trips to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Fr. John LindenCO-SPEAKER
Dawn HausmannCO-SPEAKER

Discerning God’s Will: Tools from St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits.

Father John and Dawn will present this topic based on Fr. Tim Gallagher's book: Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making -- which presents specific methods and tools for understanding what God wants us to do, both for small decisions and large ones. They will lead young adults in small group discussion to practice the methods and to address initial questions.

Byron Macias C.M.FSPEAKER (spanish)

YO, TU, EL: Entre la miseria y la misericordia.

En este taller exploraremos lo que significa tener misericordia para con uno mismo, el prójimo e incluso con Dios!

Usaremos tres imágenes bíblicas que Nos ayudarán a descubrir si estamos Viviendo en miseria o misericordia, y como escoger una vida simple, con sentido y esperanza.


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