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Bishop Burbidge invites all teens of the Diocese to join him at RALLY 2017! This annual event is an opportunity for the young Church in the Diocese of Arlington to gather each year to pray, learn, and celebrate the Catholic faith. RALLY includes Mass with Bishop Burbidge, Eucharistic Adoration, inspirational speakers and entertainers, breakout sessions, inflatable games, music, and more! 

RALLY is designed to be open to any high school aged youth wanting to attend, at any stage in their faith journey. 

In 2016, over 700 teens and adult leaders from 46 parishes and missions attended RALLY. Our goal is to have all 70 parishes and 5 missions participating in this event. If you have a child in high school, we encourage you to call your parish to see if they will be participating. Perhaps if they are not already planning to participate, this will change if they hear that there are interested families!


WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017. 12:00pm-8:00pm 
WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA 
COST: $25.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes all of the great entertainment above, dinner, and snacks. 
HOW TO SIGN UP: Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry). Registration forms and instructions will be added to this page in August.
PROMO VIDEO: A short video that can be used to help get the word out about RALLY can be found here: RALLY 2017 Promo.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. Sarah speaks nationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as: emotional virtue, dating and relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. A graduate of Benedictine College, Sarah has appeared on EWTN's Life on the Rock and EWTN Live, and has been featured in the National Catholic Register. Sarah shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, rallies, and conferences including SEEK (FOCUS) and Steubenville Conferences. She contributed to Ascension Press’ confirmation program Chosen, YDisciple’s True Beauty, and is a proud team member of www.chastityproject.com. Click here to learn more about Sarah Swafford and Emotional Virtue Ministries. 


321 Improv creates a unique, interactive comedy experience unlike any you’ve been part of before. 321 Improv instantly turns audience suggestions into hilarious scenes that will bring tears to your eyes, a pain to your side and will make your face ache with laughter! Since its inception, 321 Improv has been in high demand for events across the United States and Canada. They’ve performed in more than 40 states and 4 Canadian provinces bringing true joy and laughter to almost a million people. Student and adult audiences ranging in size from 50 to 10,000+ people have enjoyed the experience of laughing together in an evening of hilarious, clean entertainment while building stronger bonds within marriages, families, friends, community and the church. Click here to learn more about 321 Improv.


Ben Walther is a singer, songwriter, worship leader, husband and father. He has been making music for more than 15 years. His first album, “Where I Want to Be,” launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with OCP and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded “Make Your Home In Me,” a collection of seven new worship songs. It debuted at #12 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel charts. Ben travels across the country leading worship and sharing his gifts with God’s people. Click here to learn more about Ben Walther and his ministry.

Registration Procedures

Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry). The cost is $25.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes all of the great entertainment above, dinner, and snacks. Procedure for Directors of Youth Ministry to sign up your youth:

  1. Get your youth excited about RALLY by putting the poster up around the parish, having some of your older, "veteran" youth talk about the event at a youth meeting or in their Religious Education class.
  2. Get a headcount of how many will be participating, and download the RALLY Permission Slip/Forma de Permiso for each to complete.
  3. Online registration is now open. The registration link and instructions can be found here: RALLY Registration.
  4. Online registration will be open through October 16. If you would like to register any additional participants after that date, please contact Christine at the office: 703-841-2559. Thanks!

Check-In and Billing Information

On Sunday, October 22 (the day of RALLY):

  1. Eat lunch before you arrive at RALLY! Dinner will be served around 5:00pm.
  2. Arrive at RALLY starting at 11:30am (when check-opens) Be sure to bring a SIGNED ORIGINAL permission slip for each participant and keep it with you at all times.
  3. When you check in, you will verify your list of attendees, pick up pre-printed name tags and sign a statement agreeing to have the OYCYAM bill your parish $25.00 per attendee.
  4. Your parish will be sent an invoice following RALLY. Instructions on making your payment will be included.
  5. T-shirts will be distributed according to certain criteria, including distance of parish and how early the parish registered their group. We make every effort for as many people to go home with their RALLY shirt on the day of the event, but this is contingent on people registering early enough for us to order the appropriate sizes. 


Information for Directors of Youth Ministry
Permission Slip
Nota de Permiso

Poster (printable, 11x17)

Poster (printable, 8.5x11)

Speaker Application


RALLY Videos

RALLY 2017 Promo

RALLY 2017 Promo

RALLY 2016 recap video

RALLY 2016 recap video