More than 15,000 adolescents from throughout California and other states will attend Youth Day on Thursday, March 15 kicking off the 2018 Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. The event is open to all who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or seek personal growth.

“Dare to Believe!” is the theme of the day dedicated to youth with different backgrounds from throughout California and other U.S. states, who will participate in a rally and 14 workshops designed specifically for them. Archbishop José H. Gomez will celebrate a Mass for the youth with music led by an Archdiocese’s Youth Choir under the direction of Ed Archer from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Santa Clarita.

The main sessions during the day will be held in the Convention’s Arena and Hall B, with a mix of entertainment, praise and worship, and keynote speech from Katie Prejean McGrady, who will use the example of Jesus and the saints to invite the young audience to live a life of daring faith. McGrady will represent the U.S. at the Synod of Youth held in the Vatican in October along with Br. Javier Hansen, FSC, a Brother of the Christian Schools in the LaSallian District of San Francisco-New Orleans, and Nick López, originally from San Antonio, who currently serves as the director of campus ministry for the University of Dallas.

For more information, visit: http://www.recongress.org/yd/youthday.htm. Youth can also connect with @layouthday on the Religious Education Congress’ social media feeds, or locate the social media channel of their favorite Youth Day speaker or musician.