Young Adults to “Connect” with Christ!

September 20, 2005

The Archdiocese of Washington is inviting young adults from throughout the region to Connect, an all-day celebration for young adults to connect with Christ in the Eucharist through music, dynamic talks, prayer and a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington:

Saturday, October 1, 2005
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Popular Christian singer Steve Angrisano will kick-off the day with his signature mix of music and praise. Father Bill Byrne, chaplain of the University of Maryland Catholic Student Center, and Father Pat Smith, pastor of St. Augustine parish in Washington, DC, will give dynamic talks in the morning. The afternoon will be devoted to prayer, with the recitation of the Rosary, Mass and an outdoor Eucharistic Procession.

Throughout the day, tables with information on religious vocations, local young adult groups and service opportunities for young adults will fill Memorial Hall on the Shrine’s lower level, to encourage participants to live out their faith in Christ through action.

Connect is free and open to all young adults and to youth ages 16+. Participants are responsible for their own lunch; the Shrine has a cafeteria. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information, contact [email protected] or 202-281-2460 (Media calls: 301-853-4516). A full schedule is below and online at

10:00 a.m.: Welcome, music and praise with Steve Angrisano (emcee: Anne Marie Cribben)
10:45 a.m.: Greeting by Cardinal McCarrick
11:00 a.m.: Talks by Fr. Bill Byrne and Fr. Pat Smith
Noon: Lunch break
12:45 p.m.: Rosary
1:15 p.m.: Mass celebrated by Cardinal McCarrick
2:15 p.m. : Outdoor Eucharistic procession; music by professional opera singer Jessica Swink

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
[email protected]