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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 

Registration is only $20 per person!  A screaming deal! Here is what your fee will get you:

  • Full day of music, faith formation, and prayer experiences!

  • Lunch!

  • Breakout sessions!

  • T-shirt and vinyl sticker

This 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 

Theme:  Dream Great Things  

The word of God says that young people should be treated “as brothers” (1 Tim 5:1), and warns parents not to “provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col 3:21). Young people are not meant to become discouraged; they are meant to dream great things, to seek vast horizons, to aim higher, to take on the world, to accept challenges and to offer the best of themselves to the building of something better. That is why I constantly urge young people not to let themselves be robbed of hope; to each of them I repeat: “Let no one despise your youth” (1 Tim 4:12).  Christus Vivit 15

Scripture:  Ephesians 2:10

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. 

Saint:  Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Modern society is drowning in the sorrows of human passions and it is distancing itself from every ideal of love and peace. Catholics, we and you, must bring the breath of goodness that can only spring from faith in Christ. 

Saturday, October 28, 2023 Schedule 
10:30 am – Welcome tables open outside at Main Entrance.
Stop by to register or sign in and pick up your t-shirt


What to bring: 
Water bottles - we have water filling stations throughout campus.
Note taking materials.
Digital device to access our portal page on internet.
Snacks - Lunch is provided. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at gift store.
Money for shopping at gift store.

Opening begins at 11 am in the San Damiano Auditorium

Music with Miguel Nuñez

Hear from Bishop John Dolan


Breakout sessions at 11:45 am 

Learn to Discern: Is God Calling You? – Fr. Kurt Perera
In the
San Damiano Auditorium

Come listen to Sr. Anthony Mary and Fr. Kurt Perera as they speak about tips on how to serve God with your life.  They will help you understand how prayer, daily sacramental life, and spiritual direction can assist you in discovering God’s still voice in the midst of a busy, noisy society.  They will also explain the different kinds of religious life in the Church and there will be time for Q&A. 


Be Doers of the Word . . .  with Victor Jaimes and Laura Libertore

2 breakout sessions! Both in Piper Hall

  • Be Doers of the Word as Catholic Youth (for Middle and High Schoolers) - Garces room

  • Be Doers of the Word as Catholic Young Adults (for College-Aged and above) - Marcos room

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Be doers of the word and not hearers only – James 1:22. Victor and Laura will each lead a workshop on how we are called by our faith and our values to “do” acts of charity and justice.  Come to this workshop, explore scripture, learn about the wisdom of Catholic Social Teaching, and be inspired to live your values amidst the challenges of our modern lives.  Be sure to note below which workshop you are choosing. 


Christlike Leadership Principles for Youth and Young Adults Lead by Jack Toth  in the CLC - Community Life Center

This interactive workshop will enhance your Leadership skills.  Believe it not, we are all leaders… no matter your age…no matter where you are on your journey of life… we all have leadership roles to play.  In this workshop we will discuss: the definition of leadership; characteristics of good and not so good leaders; leaders you admire; leadership styles with an emphasis on Servant Leadership; leadership opportunities for youth and young adults in profit and nonprofit organizations….and much more!  If you are interested in becoming the Best Leader you can be, this workshop is for you! 


Come Tour the Franciscan Renewal Center…
with staff members Kevin Lee and Heidi Dwigun
Begin the tour
right outside San Damiano auditorium

Purchased by the Order of Friars Minor in 1951, the Franciscan Renewal Center sits on 25 acres of inspirational grounds and gardens.  Kevin and Heidi will lead you on a tour and provide interesting facts and figures about our buildings, statues, gardens, environmental initiatives, and our vision for the future.  You’ll also see meeting spaces for booking conferences and workshops and other beautiful areas to show why so many choose the FRC for their personal retreats, Spiritual Direction and Church home.  Whether it’s your first visit with us or you’ve been on our campus before, come be inspired by our unique setting and see how our Franciscan values transcend throughout the property.  Question and answer session to follow.

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Peer-led Retreats:  You Can Do This! - Fred Mercadante
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Many youth ministries bring in outside groups to run retreats for them.  In this session, we will describe how a parish youth ministry or a combination of parish youth ministries can coordinate and facilitate their own retreats using a “peer-leadership” model.  In other words, a team of youth with adult guidance can lead a retreat for their peers right on parish grounds!  The session will address topics such as, “What is a youth ministry retreat?  What benefit is there to peer-led retreats?  How does one coordinate such an endeavor?  How can it serve as a catalyst for ongoing participation in youth ministry?”  This session is for those who like to dream big!


Lunch served at 12:45 pm
In the CLC Community Life Center 

Visit service organization tables starting at 1:00 pm
In front of and around the lawn of 
the CLC Community Life Center 

After lunch
Explore prayer spaces throughout the FRC Campus
Visit Books & Blessings gift shop

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The Saint's John Bible can be found in the front lobby

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Stop by the church narthex for locations


More music! And Adoration!
starting at 2:30 pm
Head back over to the San Damiano Auditorium


Mass with the Our Lady of the Angels community
at 4:00 pm
In the church

GCYP 2023 concludes after Mass.
Stop by the Welcome tables to say goodbye!
Thank you for joining us this year! 

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