Diocesan Youth Conference

You are invited to our annual Diocesan Youth Conference! Each year we welcome nearly 2000 youth and adults from around the Diocese for this day of fun, community and prayer. We hope to see you there!


November 9, 2019


Swiftel Center, Brookings, SD

Who Can Go?

Youth in grades 6-12 and adult leaders from parishes.


Tickets are sold online but can only be purchased by a group leader from a parish.  Parishes from outside of the Diocese of Sioux Falls are welcome to attend as well but must contact Becca Ekeren at rekeren@sfcatholic.org for details.

Youth sign up through their parish; however, if your parish is not organizing a group, please contact us at the Diocese and we can take care of you.

The Eventbrite Access Codes and instructions for the youth conference will be sent out in our fall mailing.


Parishes will receive discounted ticket prices, so contact your parish to register through them!  Please note that youth must attend the conference with an adult chaperone.


We need many volunteers to help make the conference a success. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please click the blue button below and fill out the online volunteer sign up form.

Volunteer Signup


Vendor Booths

If you have a ministry or organization you would like to be represented at the Conference, we would like to hear from you! Please click the blue button below and fill out our online vendor booth application form.

Vendor Application


Promotional Materials

Printable Flyer


Speaker Details

Josh Blakesley is coming to Brookings!  We are so excited to have Josh and his talented band join us at the Diocesan Youth Conference.  Josh is a Catholic musician who travels the country giving concerts and workshops at parishes, speaking at youth rallies and leading praise and worship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Are meals provided?
A. Yes. Lunch is provided.  There are also concessions available at different points throughout the day.

Q. Are youth able to sign up without going through their parish?
A. No.  For the safety of all of the individuals at the conference, we require everyone to come with a group.

Q. Will we need to bring extra money?
A.  There will be concessions if you get hungry throughout the day.  There are also vendors at the conference selling books, t-shirts, and other religious items.  In most cases these vendors accept credit cards as a form of payment.

Past Youth Conference Speakers & Guests

  • 2018 – (Rallies) Chris Padgett & Emily Wilson
  • 2017 – Sarah Swafford & Fr. Kristopher Cowles
  • 2016 – Jason Evert & Nic Davidson
  • 2015 – Fr. Leo Patalinghug & Ben Walther
  • 2014 – Leah Darrow & Chris Stefanick
  • 2013 – Mary Bielski, Nashville Dominicans, Generation Life
  • 2012 – Jim Beckman & Jackie Francois
  • 2011 – Sean Dalton & Leah Darrow
  • 2010 –  Popple, Sonar & Deacon Ralph Poyo
  • 2009 – Chris Stefanick & Chris Padgett


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