A middle school event like no other!
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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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.
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MOST REVEREND JOSÉ H. GOMEZ
Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community. He also serves as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his ministry, Archbishop Gomez encourages people to follow Jesus Christ with joy and simplicity of life, seeking to serve God and their neighbors in their ordinary daily activities.
Thomas is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Tempe, Arizona, inspired by the story of humanity, God’s redemption, and the ability to create new things.
Under his dad’s leadership in the church, he began making music from a young age. Thomas recently graduated from Arizona State University, but spent most of his time in college at ASU’s Catholic Newman Center, leading students in music at Masses, worship nights, and community outreach events. Through his time in campus ministry, he's discovered a passion for honest songwriting and music that speaks to the heart. Thomas recently released his debut album "The Return” in February of 2019.
Thomas' music combines prayerful and heartfelt songwriting with rich vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental textures. His lyrics strive to reflect all aspects of a relationship with God and the Christian walk of faith with honesty and authenticity.
With over a decade of experience in youth ministry, Stael is driven by his calling to remind all people of "who they are and whose they are." As a Dj, Stael combines his love of music with testimony to take you on a soul-stirring musical journey of faith and purpose. From uplifting beats to his inspirational words, Stael strives to aid others to discover God's plan for their life.
Noelle was born in Texas, but has lived in Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Kansas, and now Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! She has been speaking to youth and adults for over ten years. Her primary mission is to teach through her own testimony, that we are all “wonderfully made” in God’s image. Noelle has been featured in CNN’s Latino in America and EWTN’s Life on the Rock as she shared her witness of God’s love through the midst of her struggle with depression and poor self-image and how that encounter with Christ radically changed her life.
Joe shares the Gospel in many unique ways, from his development of a faith-based clothing line (God Swagg Apparel), his release of five major Catholic hip-hop albums, to sharing the winnings from a college Chipotle contest (a year of free burritos), as a means to evangelize to different people with each meal!
Joe’s BA in Religious studies from the University of Dayton has led him to become a Religion Teacher and Youth Minister for over 10 years. In addition to his work in Catholic education, Joe’s electric ministry of music and evangelization has taken him to Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and all across the USA. Joe uses his skills to animate huge crowds of teens, and he continues to share these gifts at major youth rallies, conferences, and national events. Today, Joe Melendrez is a husband and father, as well as a natural MC, a dynamic musical performer, an inspiring speaker, and an expert retreat leader.