The charism of YOUTH 2000 is to lead young people to a personal encounter and ever-deepening union of the heart and mind with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ. Side by side with other young Catholics, young men and women grow in excitement about their faith and develop in reverence through prayer and instruction before the Blessed Sacrament.

Modeled on World Youth Days, these Eucharist-centered retreats respond to the call of Saint Pope John Paul II to prepare young people to live and proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord — a call echoed by Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. Since 1992, at YOUTH 2000 prayer festivals across the country Catholic youth have been answering their challenge to become leaders and world-changers who are not ashamed of the Gospel.

“Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: It is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own ‘yes’ to God, for He wishes to give Himself to you.” – Pope Benedict XVI

“My dear young people, I hope you will try to make new friends this weekend. Everyone here is on the same journey, and it is good to cheer one another along the way. Be happy at this holy festival!” – Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington