with Special Guest
Mike Patin lives in Lafayette LA. He’s married and has one daughter. He’s worked with teens since 1984. He’s been a high school teacher and coach, a youth minister, a summer camp counselor as well as an assistant coach for a college basketball team.
He now speaks around the country and Canada to teens and adults about Catholic faith, positive attitude, using your gifts and living life fully.
He enjoys hanging out with his family, music (lots of different kinds), sports (especially college basketball), Comedy Central and that his “job” lets him meet cool people from all over the United States
In 1984, Pope Paul II declared Palm Sunday the celebration of World Youth Day. Since that time he has issued an annual letter to the youth of the world. Since 1985, he has invited youth from around the world to gather with him in different parts of the globe for celebrations of catechesis, fellowship, worship and renewal. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has named the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time as this country’s celebration of World Youth Day. On this day, the youth of the Diocese of Dallas, celebrate along with the young Catholic Church across the United States. The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries has sponsored a one-day event held at Six Flags since at least 1994.
The World Youth Day event is an annual, “local”, “large Church” celebration of young Catholics to empower, inspire and encourage them in their faith journey as disciples of Jesus.
The day is open to all, but specifically targets middle and high school youth from the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Gathers young Catholics from across the diocese as well as that of the dioceses of Fort Worth, Austin, and Tyler
Affirms the giftedness of young people
Breaks open God’s word through sacrament (Eucharist) and the annual theme
Sends forth young people as Jesus’ disciples who live and evangelize in his name.
Challenging: focused on community life, prayer and worship, evangelization and living as young disciples now
Diverse: representing all cultures
The baptismal call of each person to discipleship and ministry
Gifts and charisms of young people
The challenge of justice and peace (annually, the collections supports our sister dioceses in Honduras)
The wisdom of shared leadership