2017 Speakers

Noelle Garcia

  Noelle has worked in youth and music ministry since 1999, sharing her talents all over the country, and internationally at World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. She has performed at the National Catholic Youth Conference, countless youth rallies and in parishes across the country.    

Noelle Garcia and her husband David, a fellow youth and music minister, currently reside in Dodge City, Kansas, with their four young children: Damien, Lucia, Elias, and Diego.  

Full Armor Band

 Full  Armor formed over seven years ago when the band was asked to lead music  for a new youth Mass in their hometown of Middletown, NY. Over time, the  band slowly began to receive invites participate in other  Christian/Catholic ministry events in their region. 

Today, Full Armor continues to share their music and ministry at parish  and diocesan concerts and conferences nationally. Their greatest joy is  seeing God change the lives of the young people with whom they get to  share in ministry. 

Will Smith

Will’s classroom teaching experience combined with his love  for music and the Gospel naturally led him to directing church choirs of  all ages, teaching and presenting. An avid promoter of responsible  media consumption, Will stresses the importance of developing positive  music and media messages to youth and adults. He practices what he  preaches by seamlessly incorporating music, multi-media, humor and  storytelling into each of his presentations.

In addition to his position at Mother of Sorrows, Will facilitates  retreats, and presents workshops for youth and adults and has been the  emcee, liturgical musician and keynote speaker for various diocesan  youth rallies. When not rehearsing or composing a social media post for  his parish, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Christie, three kids  and his dog who thinks he is a cat. 

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

Bishop Bambera will once again be joining us to celebrate our closing Mass at 7pm the night of the event.   The Bishop has been in attendance at almost every rally since becoming the Bishop of Scranton.   We once again look forward to having him join us at this gathering of young people of the Diocese of Scranton!

More to Come

Each year we offer a variety of workshops throughout the day.  Each workshop is offered by some amazingly gifted speakers from around the region.   More information will be posted once we confirm the speakers and topics!