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Join together with thousands of fellow young adults at UIC Pavilion for an event that will remind you that you are not alone in your faith! Discover how you can live your dream and have an active faith life.

Invite your friends, Catholics and non-Catholics, for a night filled with live music, laughter, and meaningful conversations. Connect with friends and make new ones. Let our thought-provoking speakers inspire you. And prayerfully worship our God with the community gathered.

Emcees for the evening will be Fr. Brad Zamora, a priest of the archdiocese and Director of Liturgy at University of St. Mary of the Lake, and Dina Bair, award-winning reporter and anchor of the WGN Midday News.

We are excited to announce that Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be hosting a number of special guests at (re)ENCOUNTER! He will join Mark Wahlberg, renowned actor, producer, father, husband, and businessman, on stage for a discussion on the importance of repentance and rebirth, how Mr. Wahlberg discovered truth through his own reconciliation in the Catholic faith, and the role the Bible and Jesus Christ play in his everyday life.

Faith, Fame and Finding God’s Purpose

A Conversation with Mark Wahlberg: What Jesus and the Catholic Church Mean to Me

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Special Guests include:

  • Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Sr. Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life
  • Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ, Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory
  • Joe Melendrez, DJ


Friday, October 20
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Event starts at 6:30 p.m.


UIC Pavilion
525 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

News Release on (re)ENCOUNTER (Link)