Both our Archdiocesan staff along with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry have received requests from local communities throughout the country to organize a middle school-aged event to promote continuous encounters with Christ. In October 2016, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted the first annual Holy Fire, which was designed around the baptismal call to witnessing our faith and an opportunity for our young Church to reflect more deeply on the gifts of the Holy Spirit they will receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Why is Holy Fire Great?
Holy Fire hosts sixth to ninth grade students from parish Religious Education programs and Catholic Schools together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, chaperones and pastors. As community youth comes together, they are challenged to participate in activities centered around prayer, witness and joy that perpetuate the concept of becoming missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. Ultimately, Holy Fire helps young people to see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.
At the 2016 event, hosted at the UIC Pavilion from October 14-16, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich offered words of welcome and encouragement and led a reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and Declan Weir Productions (DWP) also provided world-class production, music and international speakers.