Diocesan Youth Rallies

Instead of the annual Youth Conference held in Brookings, SD, this year we would like to introduce THREE DIFFERENT Diocesan Youth Rallies.  Each rally will be unique, so we encourage youth to attend one, or even all three of them!

Note: If you’re a parish catechetical leader and you did not receive news of this in advance, please let us know!

When?  Where?

March 24, 2019 – Aberdeen Civic Theater, Aberdeen, SD

Who Can Go?

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


Tickets will be 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 still need to 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 for the rallies have been sent to parishes through our fall mailing and through the PCL email list.  Parish Leaders, if you need a reminder of the access code for either of the rallies, please contact Becca.

Ticket Cost Breakdown (Aberdeen Rally):

  • $10/ ticket – Order as many tickets as you want throughout the month of November!
  • $15 (+ fees)/ individual ticket purchased on Eventbrite until March 1st; then $18 (+ fees) until March 20th
  • $12/ ticket when ordered in bulk (10+ tickets) until March 20th –> use parish discount code or contact Becca
  • $20/ ticket when purchased at the door



March 24, 2019 – Aberdeen Rally     *Contact your parish to register!


Promotional Materials

Printable Flyer



Volunteers Needed!

Many volunteers are needed to make these events a success.  If you are interested in helping out at any of these three rallies, please click the blue button below and fill out the volunteer sign up form.  (We ask that youth and adult chaperones NOT sign up to volunteer; please just register with your parish and enjoy the day!)





Encountering Truth – November 3rd, 2018 – Sioux Falls
The desire for truth is written on the human heart.  Only in God will we find the truth and happiness that we are searching for.

Following the Way, the Truth, & the Life – November 4th, 2018 – Huron
Christianity is about much more than knowing facts about Jesus.  Christianity is about actually meeting Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life and following in His ways.

The Spirit of Truth & Life – March 24, 2019 – Aberdeen
When we allow ourselves to be guided by truth we become witnesses of truth.

1:30pm Doors Open

2:00pm Opening Session

2:30pm Keynote – Emily Wilson

3:30pm Eucharistic Adoration

4:15pm Snack Break

4:30pm Something Fun

5:00pm Closing Invitations and Announcements

6:00pm Dismiss

* We will NOT have Mass at the Diocesan Youth Rally.  Please fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation before coming to the rally.

* Since the Diocesan Youth Rally will be between meal times, we will not be serving a meal at the rally – just a small snack.

* Sacred Heart Parish will be hosting a Pizza Supper following the Diocesan Youth Rally.  Their church is located just across the street from the Aberdeen Civic Arena, so stop on by for a quick bite to eat before hitting the road!  Please let us know if you plan to attend the Pizza Supper so we can let Sacred Heart know how many to prepare for.  Free will donations for the supper will be accepted.

Past Youth Conference Speakers & Guests

  • 18/19 – 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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