Diocesan Youth Convention

Save the Date!

68th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention (Leap Year Edition!)

February 28th, 29th, and March 1st, 2020

Buffalo Grand Hotel

The young Church in our Diocese will once again gather to celebrate the Holy Spirit at work within us and among us as we come together for Convention 2020! We hope that you will plan on joining us February 28-March 1, 2020. 

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What is the Convention?


What is the theme?


The theme for Convention 2020, Christ is Alive, is inspired by Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhoration Christus Vivit, which is written especially to and for young people and those who minister to them. We will spend the weekend unpacking this powerful message, and exploring what it means to worship a God who is love, receive the mercy of Christ who saves us, and go forth empowered by the Spirit who gives life. Please plan now to join us! 

Who is the Keynote Speaker?



We are excited to welcome this year's keynote speaker, Katie Prejean McGrady! Katie is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus from Ave Maria Press. She has been traveling since 2007 engaging audiences of all ages and sizes with theological truths and a unique blend of humor. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and has spoken in parishes & dioceses across the U.S. and throughout Canada and the UK. Katie was one of three delegates chosen by the USCCB to represent the United States at the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican in March of 2018. She has her degree in Theology from the University of Dallas, loves NBA Basketball, reads voraciously, and is mom to the cutest child on the face of the planet, Rose Elizabeth


The convention is a weekend conference for high school youth and their adult chaperones. The weekend includes liturgy, reconciliation, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, award presentations & dance.  It is a powerful experience combining faith, fellowship, and fun.  Won't you consider joining us?  All of the information you need is on this site!  Happy browsing and we will see you on February 28th!


Need more info?  Can't find what you are looking for?  Feel free to contact Mike Slish, Program Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry or call the office directly at 716-847-8789.