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Save the date for next year’s Global Celebration of Young People! 

Saturday, October 28, 2023 

11:00 am to 5:00 pm 

At the Franciscan Renewal Center 

5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 

Next year’s theme is Pope Francis’ encouragement to young people to “Dream Great Things!” Our day together will include, breakout sessions on vocation, social justice, and doing good in the world, praise and worship, exploring prayer spaces on the FRC campus, and ending with Mass together.

For any questions, feel free to contact me any time.  

Cheryl Hentz 

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Our Lady of the Angels, Conventual Church at the Franciscan Renewal Center 480-306-4817 

Saturday, October 28, 2023 Schedule 

10:30 am – Welcome tables open

11:00 am – GCYP Opening! Music and opening presentation

11:30 am – Breakout Sessions 

  • Learn about Catholic Social Teaching

  • Steps to putting your faith in action to serve others

  • Discern your gifts

  • Religious Life vocation discernment

  • Learn ways to discern what God is calling you to do

12:45 pm – Lunch outdoors & Dream Project 

1:30 pm – Exploring the FRC & Shopping

  • See last November's event info below to see places you can pray and explore

3:00 pm – Gather back in the auditorium for music, adoration, and showcase our Dream Project

4:00 pm – We will all go to Mass together with the OLA community

After Mass - Stop at Welcome tables to say goodbye! 

Rise Up & Witness: Global Celebration of Young People

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 | 11:00am - 6:30pm
Our Lady of the Angels Church at the Franciscan Renewal Center

Rise Up and Witness

On November 22, 2020, Pope Francis invited Catholic churches around the world to renew their celebration of youth and young people on Christ the King Sunday to help connect younger generations with “the Mystery of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of Man (Homily, Nov 22, 2020). With this, he instituted the annual global celebration of young people.

Our Lady of the Angels Church invites young people ages 12 to 39 for a daylong celebration for you and recognition of your place in our global Church! To all our young people, rise up and witness with your voice, spiritual gifts, and strengths. 

Our day will be filled with:

  • Breakout sessions by age groups

    • Middle School

    • High School

    • College Age

    • Young Adults

  • Confession and prayer experiences

  • Learn about ways of serving others

  • Mass with the OLA community

  • Adoration, praise and worship


All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or youth minister.

Fee is $20. Preregistration is required.

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Register and pay on the FRC portal. 

  2. Complete detailed registration with our online form.

What you will get with your $20 registration:

  • T-shirt

  • Sticker

  • Lunch

  • Great day meeting new friends and experiences!

What you should bring:

  • Plan out your choices to explore exhibitors and prayer experiences. See the resources below (coming soon)

  • Water bottles and snacks. Drinks and snacks can be purchased at Books and Blessings Bookstore

  • Spending money for the bookstore. 

Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E Lincoln Dr. 

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Campus Map 

Schedule for the day

Here is the schedule for the day. We invite you for the entire day.

If however, you are unable to attend for everything, try to come for something! 

10:30 am Registration opens in front of SD Auditorium 

11:00 am San Damiano Auditorium opens 

11:30 am Rise Up & Witness Opening Session

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm 4 Breakout sessions for these ages

Middle School 

High School 

YA 18 to 23 

YA 24 and older 

1:15 pm Lunch together at poolside 

2:00 to 3:00 pm Reconciliation

2:30 to 4:00 pm Free time to explore! Visit a few prayer spaces, go to Reconciliation, or learn about service opportunities 

Tabling –

Vatican Observatory,

Young Franciscans,

Catholic Charities,

Young Catholic Professionals,

St. Vincent de Paul

Casa Faith In Action Ministries

Casa Habitat for Humanity

Casa Grounds for Solidarity

English as a Second Language Ministry

Care for Creation 

Matthew 25

Casa Veterans

Casa Fanciscana Outreach 

Prayer Experiences - Pictures and resources coming soon! Keep checking back! 

Visio Divina with  The Saint John’s Bible ​

St. Clare Blessed Sacrament Chapel - Adoration

Labyrinth Prayer Experience

Meditation Chapel - Contemplative Prayer

Healing Garden  - Nature Divina

Stations of the Cross

Guadalupe Shrine 

4:00 pm Mass in the church with the OLA community 

5:15 to 6:30 pm After Mass return to the San Damiano Auditorium for Praise, Worship, and Adoration! 

Your Speakers for the Day!

Middle School Breakout Session

Amanda Cardenes

Young Adults 18 to 23

Margarita Villarreal


High School Breakout Session

Clayton Baumgartner

Young Adults 23 to 39

Kainoa Spenser


The Band for the Day!

Worship Band lead by

Miguel Nuñez


Works of Mercy - Service to others as prayer

How do we integrate all we do for others and prayer? Use this prayer resource from University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute to help us incorporate this practice in our lives. 


Resources for Reconciliation

Offered from 2 to 3 pm 

Guide to Confession from Busted Halo

Examination of Conscience from USCCB

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Visio Divina with The Saint John's Bible

Offered from 2:30 to 4 pm 

Praying With Your Eyes from Busted Halo

Visio Divina –The Practice of Sacred Seeing from Janice MacLean –ThePrayer Bench –

Photo courtesy of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. 2014


Pray the Labyrinth

Visit from 2:30 to 4 pm 

Walking Meditation Praying with a Labyrinth from University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute


Meditation Chapel

Visit from 2:30 to 4 pm 


Centering Prayer Praying and Being with God from University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute

The Examen Praying Your Experiences from University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute


Healing Garden - Pray Nature Divina 

Visit from 2:30 to 4 pm 

Lectio Divina: Reading the Book of Nature from Restoring Eden


Stations of the Cross

Visit from 2:30 to 4 pm 

Short Version of Stations of the Cross from


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

Visit from 2:30 to 4 pm 

A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe from USCCB

How to Pray the Rosary from Knights of the Holy Eucharist

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