Youth Discipleship and Evangelization

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.
*** Youth will not be allowed entrance to the conference without an adult chaperone.


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 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 Code and instructions for the youth conference were sent to parishes in our fall mailing.

Order Options:
Bulk Ticket Orders (10+ tickets) = $27/ticket invoiced to your parish (sales end 11/1/19)
Early Bird Orders (invoice only) = $30/ticket invoiced to your parish (sales end 10/8/19)
Early Bird Orders (credit card only) = $32.54/ticket (sales end 10/8/19)
Regular Ticket Orders (invoice only) = $35/ticket invoiced to your parish (sales end 11/1/19)
Public Ticket Orders (credit card only) = $37.79/ticket (sales end 11/1/19)
Tickets bought at the door on 11/9/19 = $40 (payment options include cash, check, credit card, or invoice to parish)

*** Tickets (wristbands) will not be mailed to parishes.  You can pick up your wristbands from our office at the Chancery in Sioux Falls the week of the conference or pick them up at the Will-Call table upon entering the Swiftel Center on November 9th.


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.

Spaghetti Dinner – Please RSVP!

Immediately following the Diocesan Youth Conference on November 9th will be a spaghetti feed held at St. Thomas More Parish in Brooking, SD.

MENU:  Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread sticks, desserts, and a drink.  Gluten free and dairy free options available.
COST:    $6/person.
TIME:    6-7:30 pm at St. Thomas More Parish.
RSVP:    Email by November 1st.


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.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:30 am – Doors Open
  • 9:00 am – Opening Session
  • 11:30 am – Adoration/Confessions
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 pm – Breakout
  • 4:00 pm – Mass w/ Bishop
  • 5:30 pm – Closing Thoughts, Prizes, Etc.
  • 6:00 pm – Depart

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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