A middle school event like no other!
Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville
October 21, 2023 ● 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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 J. MARK SPALDING, J.C.L.
Bishop Spalding was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville on August 3, 1991, by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. After ordination, he continued graduate studies at Louvain, earning his Licentiate in Canon Law in 1992. He returned to the Archdiocese in 1992 and served as associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral from 1992 to 1996. He was appointed part-time judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1993, Adjutant Judicial Vicar in 1995, and Judicial Vicar and Director of the Metropolitan Tribunal from 1998 to 2011.
From 1996 to 1998, Bishop Spalding was associate pastor of St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Kentucky, and from 1998 to 1999, he served as a part-time associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in Louisville. While continuing to serve as Judicial Vicar, Bishop Spalding was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Kentucky in 1999 and served there until 2011. Appointed Vicar General by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz in 2011, Bishop Spalding was also named pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Louisville that year. In 2016, Bishop Spalding was appointed pastor of Holy Name Church while continuing as pastor of Holy Trinity Church.
Bishop Spalding served on the College of Consultors, the Priests’ Council, the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the Development Council for the Archdiocese, and the Catholic Services Appeal Pastors’ Committee. Other assignments included serving as presbyteral moderator at two parishes as well as filling the role as priest-chaplain at Bethlehem High School from 1992 to 1996, and at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville from 2011 to 2017.
His appointment as the 12th Bishop of Nashville by Pope Francis was announced on November 21, 2017. His episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Nashville was on February 2, 2018.
Bishop J. Mark Spalding, the oldest of three children, was born on January 13, 1965, in Lebanon, Kentucky, and was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown, Kentucky. His mother Mary Aileen Thompson grew up on a farm in Marion County and his father Joseph Lawrence Spalding was raised on a farm in Washington County. After their marriage, the Spaldings raised their children on a family farm in Washington County. Father Spalding attended Fredericktown Elementary School and Bethlehem High School in Bardstown.
After graduating in 1983 from Bethlehem High School, Bishop Spalding attended college at Saint Meinrad Seminary, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1987. He attended major seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium where he earned an M.A. and an S.T.B. in Religious Studies in 1990.
PJ’s most recent studio album, Mercy, Mercy, debuted at #7 on iTunes and received glowing reviews. In recent years, PJ has led thousands in worship at events worldwide, including World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland and the Mass for Life in Washington, DC. For the past 10 years, he has spent his summers with Catholic Heart Work Camp, offering his musical talents and serving as a director, giving students meaningful opportunities to serve and minister in cities across the US and abroad. Amidst these opportunities, the recent years have been a time of immense growth for PJ as a worship artist and storyteller.
Angele was born in Louisiana but has lived in 7 states! She currently calls Tennessee home, along with her husband, daughter, and doggo. Angele is a middle school youth director at a parish in middle Tennessee, and previously served on the Diocesan Missionary Team for the Diocese of Charleston. In her ministry, she strives to create an environment where young people can encounter the unwavering love of Jesus and embrace their authentic selves. Some of her favorite things include Cajun food, fresh air, and antiquing.
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.
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.
Using the art of illusion, Catholic magician Giancarlo Bernini shares a unique perspective on faith and what it means to seek Truth. His Catholic faith, BA in Religious
Studies, and love of apologetics have allowed him to create a program tailored to Catholic audiences.
Attentive to the needs of the Church today, Giancarlo has crafted a show designed to entertain audiences while inspiring them to seek God through the sacraments of the
Church and to wholeheartedly pursue their call to sainthood.
Made objects disappear at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles,
Demonstrated a working time machine on national TV,
Read listeners' minds over Sirius XM radio, and
Defied the laws of physics at NCYC in Lucas Oil Stadium while surrounded by 25,000 people!