The Theme: All Are Welcome

“For as in one body we have many members and not all the members have the same function, So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another” Romans 12.4-5 During the Rally we will reflect on what it means to be one body in Christ, and building unity among our Catholic community.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Chaisson

This year our Youth Rally Keynote speaker will be Michael Chiasson! Michael has spoken to different groups of highschool students and young adults within the Hamilton Diocese in the past year. We are very excited to welcome Michael and his team back for the Youth Rally in June. Inspiring people to see their potential and take a step toward their all in moment is what Michael is all about. His journey to inspire and encourage others began at the age of 14 in his hometown of Houston, Texas. From there he began traveling around the world developing his unique, energetic and powerful communication style. Through his travels, he eventually landed in Canada in 2000 and earned a degree in leadership and sacred studies. Michael is blessed with the abilities to motivate others as a respected communicator, musician and writer. In 2009 Michael and his team launched All Access Ministries, a registered Canadian charity committed to helping people discover their God-given potential. Michael now makes his home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife Melissa and their two young children, Hannah and Simon.


During the day participants will take participate in two different workshops. These interactive workshops are theme inspired, and will provide participants with a deeper understanding of what All are Welcome means.

I Spy
THE EYE SPY WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL! Please be sure to check out some of our other exciting workshops!

Did you play "I Spy" when you were little? Are you a "Where's Waldo?" champion? Bring your powers of observation and join Dr. Anne Jamieson on a virtual tour of some of our sacred spaces. Find out what our space and the worship environment are telling us about our faith.

Facilitator Bio: Dr. Anne Jamieson is the Director of the Catechesis Office for the Diocese of Hamilton. She is an author and speaker and loves sharing her passion for her faith with others. Anne and her husband David, live on the family farm raising their four beautiful children ages 12-21 - the seventh generation of Jamiesons to live and work on the farm.

Vocations: Called by Name

In this workshop we will talk with youth about deepening their relationship with Christ, discovering ourselves as beloved, and seeking to find our unique God-given adventure.

Facilitator Bio:

Sr. Teresa Joseph is a religious Sister with the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, a religious community founded in Guelph, Ontario in 1977. Before becoming a member of the SOLI Sisters, Sr. Teresa Joseph was involved in various youth and young adults ministries in the Church. In the ten years plus that she has been a part of this community, Sr. Teresa Joseph has been involved in Catechesis in parishes throughout the Hamilton Diocese and beyond, running retreats for children and youth, and is currently the Vocations Directress for the SOLI Sisters. She is looking forward to sharing how God has called her to fulfill His Will for her, as well as, how we can each learn to discover and fulfill our own unique call.

Gregory Merkley is a Seminarian studying for the Diocese of Hamilton. One of his first summer assignments was actually a posting at CYO Camp Brébeuf, from where he has many fond memories. Seminarian Greg has been involved in many ministries in the Church both before and after his entering seminary, including various youth ministries and speaking engagements. Having wandered far from God, Greg wanted to discover his vocation on returning to the Church. He looks forward to sharing his vocation story along with how we can each discover God's beautiful call for our lives.

Body Prayer

This workshop session will focus on prayer through body meditation.

Blisters, Bedlam, Breakthrough: Trailmix on the Camino.

As part of a sabbatical, Yvonne walked the famed Camino de Santiago aka “The Way of St. James” in Spain. This ancient route has been a lauded Christian Pilgrimage for centuries and recently re-popularized by the movie “The Way.” In her talk, Yvonne explores the concept often discussed by pilgrims that this path tests a person physically, mentally and spiritually, ultimately helping one discern where they have been and where they are going on the journey which ultimately ends with God. This will include opportunities for student participation, reflection and will end with a meditation that uses pilgrimage as a theme.

Facilitator Bio: Yvonne Runstedler is a Catholic teacher, a yoga practitioner and a general lover of the complexity of the human experience. This has led her to teach in China, spend a month in a tent on an ashram studing yoga, to complete a masters degree in theology from Wilfrid Laurier University and to walk nearly 800 kilometers on Spain's Camino de Santiago while on a semester leave last year. For Wellington Catholic, she was the Theology and Family Studies Department Head at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School for six years before becoming OECTA Secondary Vice-President this September. Her desire to both foster and experience spiritual growth has also led her to teach courses in religious education to other teachers. While not bending over backwards in a yoga class or teaching in a classroom, she can be found laughing with one of her 10 nieces and nephews over her favourite food group: ice cream

Foundations of Catholic Social Justice 101

This workshop will discuss the foundations of Catholic social justice and how it relates to faith, action and advocacy. Participants will engage in activities dealing with Catholic social teachings, social action and social service.

Why should you join Development and Peace?

Development and Peace (D&P) is a 50 year international catholic development agency that has played an important role in helping Canada meet its commitment to the Global South. This workshop will look at the role youth can play in continuing to support the poor in partnership with grassroots organizations in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Facilitator Bio: The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, a democratic movement for international solidarity, supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures. It educates the Canadian population about the causes of impoverishment of peoples and mobilizes actions for change. In the struggle for human dignity, Development and Peace associates with social change groups in the North and South. It supports women in their search for social and economic justice. Development and Peace, the official development organization of the Canadian Catholic Church, is inspired by the values of the Gospel, particularly "the preferential option for the poor."

Blanket Excercise

The Blanket Exercise workshop explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This exercise is an engaging learning opportunity where participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. June being Aboriginal History month, this workshop provides a special opportunity to learn more about our relationship with our Indigenous communities. *Please note this workshop will register you for both Workshop A & B time slots. This workshop runs for a total of 2 hours, therefore if selected it will be the only workshop choice for the day.

Pope Francis: Forming disciples for the Church in the modern world

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL! Please be sure to check out some of our other exciting workshops!

For four years, Pope Francis has invited the church to open its doors, make room for the stranger, take care of the wounded, proclaim the Gospel with joy. What should that look like in our homes, our schools and our parishes?

Facilitator Bio:

The Very Reverend Cornelius O'Mahony, EV (Fr. Con) C grew up in County Cork, Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1982 as a newly ordained priest. He has served in parishes in Georgetown, Hamilton, Oakville and Kitchener before his appointment to St. Michael’s Parish, Waterloo in 2008. In November 2010, he was appointed Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Hamilton by Bishop Douglas Crosby. He has served on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Religious Education and was a resource person for the Born in the Spirit Series of Catechetical Resources that are used in Catholic Schools and parishes throughout Canada. In September 2007 he participated in a research and study project on faith formation for teachers with participants from New Zealand, England, Australia and Canada at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Fr. Con has written extensively on faith and culture and is an editorial advisor and regular book reviewer for Celebrate, a Canadian magazine for persons involved in liturgy and pastoral ministry. His essay 'The Parish in a Culture of Change' won awards in Canada and the United States in the spring of 2010. He is the co-author of 'Life is Changed Not Ended' which was published by Novalis in Canada in 2005. He is a member of the Board of Governors for St. Jerome’s University. In his spare time, Con likes to travel and has journeyed across the Himalayas from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu Nepal and down the Mekong River through Laos and Cambodia in South East Asia. He is an avid reader, likes to cook and is interested in new music and theatre.

The Facility

C.Y.O. Camp Brébeuf is a year round camp owned and operated by the Catholic Youth Organization of Hamilton and has been in operation since 1941.CYO Camp Brebeuf is located on 110 acres of property which includes the Eramosa river, a pond, grass fields, forest and trails in the beautiful town of Rockwood, Ontario.  Camp Brébeuf runs a thriving  Outdoor Education program during the fall, winter and spring and on weekends we offer retreat programming. In the summer, Co-ed summer camp, day camp and leadership camp programs are run. C.Y.O. Camp Brébeuf is an accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association and continually strives to exceed these standards. For more information on these programs please visit

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