A middle school event like no other!

October 9, 2022 ● 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

VENUE CHANGE: The event will now be held at University of Detroit Mercy, Student Center - 200 Ballroom, 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221. See additional information below.

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At Holy Fire, middle school Catholics are invited and challenged to embrace their baptismal call and the powerful, relevant gospel of Jesus. Through talks by dynamic speakers, witness by peers, inspirational praise and worship, and rich experiences of the Sacraments, Holy Fire helps young people feel seen, welcomed, and invited into a life changing commitment to Christ.

Brought to you by the producers of NCYC, the nation’s largest Catholic youth event: the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, in partnership with Equipping the Saints, a division of Declan Weir Productions, Inc.


Middle School Youth


Sun., Oct. 9, 2022 - 9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Mass held at 4:00 PM


$45 per person

(plus taxes and handling fees). All seats general admission.
  • The deadline to pre-order lunches has passed. Lunches are no longer available for purchase. There will NOT be additional food available to purchase on-site. Participants registering now should plan to bring their own lunch. Note that Huntington Place is a union facility, so those bringing their own lunches will be asked to leave their lunches in their vehicles, and will be provided time to retrieve them and to eat outside (in the plaza or riverwalk, just outside the venue).
Holy Fire t-shirts available. Purchase in advance for $10 or at the event for $11


VENUE CHANGE! See additional information below.
University of Detroit Mercy
Student Center - 200 Ballroom
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

Parking is available for free on campus for registered attendees. Registrants will receive a University of Detroit Mercy parking pass by email prior to the event.

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More information on the Holy Fire Great Lakes Venue Change

Where is the new venue?

University of Detroit Mercy
Student Center - 200 Ballroom
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

Why is the venue changing?

To provide the best experience for our participants, and to better match the size of the event to it's venue. The University of Detroit Mercy is a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. It is conveniently located near major highways, and though it is less than 15 minutes away from our former location at Huntington Place, offers easier access and free parking. More importantly, we believe the change will allow us to better create an environment for welcoming young people into a life-changing encounter with Christ.

Will there be any changes to the program?

The program and overall flow of the day remain the same. Unfortunately, one of our originally announced presenters—Giancarlo Bernini—is no longer able to attend. However, PJ Anderson, Sr. Tracey Mattia Dugas, Noelle Garcia, and Joe Melendrez look forward to engaging with your youth, and joining with them in celebrating the sacraments.

Have lunch plans changed?

If you pre-ordered lunches, our lunch menu remains unchanged, and we will have lunches ready for your participants. If you are bringing your own lunches, you will no longer need to leave them in your vehicle during the program, so they will be easier to access when we take our lunch break. Please note that there will be no additional food available for purchase at the event, so please plan accordingly.

Where can I park?

Free parking is available on the University of Detroit Mercy campus. All registrants will be emailed a parking pass before the event. Please be sure to print your parking pass and display it on the dashboard of your car or bus before you arrive to the event.

What do I need to do?

Before the event, please make sure you do the following:

  • Alert parents. If you are a group leader or bringing youth who are not related to you, please alert parents/caregivers to the venue change so they know where their young people will be on Sunday.
  • Plan your route. The event will be held at the University of Detroit Mercy, Student Center - 200 Ballroom. The entrance to the campus is located at 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221.
  • Check your email. We will provide a campus map with the student center highlighted and a University of Detroit Mercy Parking Pass later this week. You will need to print and display the parking pass on the dashboard of your car or bus to enter campus.
  • Safe Environment. If you have not already, please submit a signed Safe Environment Verification Form that includes all adults in your party. Signed forms should be emailed to ProtectChildren@aod.org.
  • Bring to the event.Bring your confirmation email (with QR code) and signed Permission and Release Forms for all participants in your group on the day of the event. Participants will not be admitted without a signed form.