More than 15,000rnadolescents from throughout California and other states will attend Youth Dayrnon Thursday, March 15 kicking off the 2018 Religious Education Congress,rnsponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Thernevent is open to all who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith or seekrnpersonal growth.

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

The main sessionsrnduring the day will be held in the Convention’s Arena and Hall B, with a mix ofrnentertainment, praise and worship, and keynote speech from Katie PrejeanrnMcGrady, who will use the example of Jesus and the saints to invite the youngrnaudience to live a life of daring faith. McGrady will represent the U.S. at thernSynod of Youth held in the Vatican in October along with Br. Javier Hansen,rnFSC, a Brother of the Christian Schools in the LaSallian District of SanrnFrancisco-New Orleans, and Nick López, originally from San Antonio, whorncurrently serves as the director of campus ministry for the University ofrnDallas.

For more information,rnvisit: can also connect with @layouthday on the Religious EducationrnCongress’ social media feeds, or locate the social media channel of theirrnfavorite Youth Day speaker or musician.