June 7, 2024 | La Crosse Center
The ANSWER is the EUCHARIST.
The EUCHARIST is JESUS.
Discover and embrace the gift of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Your whole life, you have been looking for the answer to the meaning of life, your purpose, your dreams, and your difficulties. We have been given the ANSWER to all of it. This Rally will give you the opportunity to connect more deeply with Jesus, who is the Answer, through Mass, Adoration, Confession, National Speakers, Powerful Music, and so much more!
Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and television host who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith.
Recipient of the Papal Benemerenti Medal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput calls Chris “one of the most engaging defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris’s live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. His reality TV show, videos, and radio spots reach millions of people, and his educational initiatives are turning the tide in the Church. He authored the Chosen Confirmation program which has already formed more than 500,000 teens.
A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a non-profit which operates as the headquarters for Chris’s various initiatives.
Above all, Chris is proud to be the husband to his wife Natalie and father to their six children.
Pat Millea – Emcee
Pat Millea is a life-long, Catholic blessed with a vocation of ministry to youth and families. He is a dynamic speaker, a gifted musician and a faith-filled youth ministry leader. He has invited thousands of youth across the country to reflect on their relationship with God and take the next step in faith.
Holding Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, Pat has worked in youth ministry at Catholic parishes in Indiana and Minnesota, and is currently blessed to serve the youth and families of his home parish in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Countless youth and adults have been inspired by Pat’s presentations at events like Notre Dame Vision, the National Catholic Youth Conference, and various parish and diocesan retreats, conferences and rallies around the country. Pat currently prays and plays with his bride, Kenna, and their seven wonderful children in West St. Paul, MN.
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. April 1994 began months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. Not even small, rural communities like Immaculée’s were spared from the house-by-house slaughtering of men, women, and children.
Immaculée’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection to protect his only daughter. The pastor quickly sheltered Immaculée and seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4-foot bathroom. For the next 91 days, Immaculée and the other women huddled silently in this small room while the genocide raged outside the home and throughout the country.
While in hiding, anger and resentment were destroying Immaculée’s mind, body and spirit. It was then that Immaculée turned to prayer. Prior to going to the pastor’s home, Immaculée’s father, a devout Catholic, gave her a set of rosary beads. She began to pray the rosary as a way of drowning out the anger inside her, and the evil outside the house. It was that turning point towards God and away from hate that saved Immaculée.
In addition to finding faith, peace, and hope during those three months of hiding, Immaculée also taught herself English. Immaculée was always a good student and already fluent in Kinyarwanda and French. Using only a Bible and a dictionary, she spent countless hours in that cramped bathroom learning her third language.
After 91 days, Immaculée was finally liberated from her hiding place only to face a horrific reality. Immaculée emerged from that small bathroom weighing just 65 pounds, and finding her entire family brutally murdered, with the exception of one brother who was studying abroad. She also found nearly one million of her extended family, friends, neighbors and fellow Rwandans massacred.
After the genocide, Immaculée came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, “I forgive you.”
Immaculée is regarded as one of world’s leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at events and conferences around the world, including a recent presentation to over 200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Father Justin Kizewski
Father Justin Kizewski was ordained a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse in 2008. Father Justin currently serves as Coordinator of Intellectual Formation for St. Francis de Sales
Seminary in Milwaukee and adjunct professor of theology at Sacred Heart Seminary. Previously he served as Pastor of two parishes in Chippewa Falls. Fr. Justin was selected to serve as a Eucharistic Preacher enkindling the flame of the Eucharistic faith and devotion throughout the United States.
Josh Rosa is the Director of Evangelization at St. Augustine Our Lady of Victory in The Bronx, NY, and one of the founders of Agnus Dei ministry, photographer, published author, Catholic speaker, passionate follower of Christ, and at a very tight 2nd in importance to all of that– devout pizza enthusiast.
Over the last 11 years of ministry Josh has been blessed to travel around the country as a dynamic speaker sharing the word and love of Jesus to youth, young adults, and adults alike. He has developed a large social media following solely from his love of proclaiming Jesus. He has also been very fortunate to work alongside some amazing organization like Young Life, Lifeteen, Esne, and countless others working to spread the gospel!
He will be a speaker at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in July 2024. He is a co-founder of Agnus Dei Ministry, a Catholic-Christian band that performs in both Spanish and English.
Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, Luke began writing songs at the age of 16 and composed all of the music on his debut album, Be still, before he graduated high school. He continued to write music throughout his college years and in 2010 he recorded and released, Be still, followed by his second album, No Other Way, in 2011.
In 2012 Luke’s intricate guitar style and warm, captivating vocals attracted three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Ben Harper. Luke then opened for Harper’s first-ever solo acoustic tour in both the U.S. and Canada, playing in such storied venues as Chicago’s Cadillac Palace, Toronto’s Massey Hall, and Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre.
Harper went on to produce Spehar’s third album, All Is Gift in 2015. Following the release, Luke married his wife Elizabeth and together, as newlyweds, they toured the country. This adventure was the catalyst for Spehar’s fourth release, The Pilgrim (2018). Produced by Matt Patrick at the Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN, The Pilgrim celebrates the beauty and adventure of music, marriage, and fatherhood. Together with their three young daughters, Luke and Elizabeth live in St. Paul, MN.
Luke and his band will be providing the music for Mass and Adoration, as well as, an inspiring concert focused on Pilgrimage.
Raised in the Diocese of LaCrosse, Braedon began writing music in high school and views his country style as a way to invite listeners into Christ-centered life and morality in simple and subtle ways.
Braedon lives and works at CrossWoods Adventure Camp with his wife Kayla, where they lead the worship band in between taking care of the property and guiding outdoor adventures like rock climbing and river kayaking. Braedon learned to lead worship as a missionary with NET Ministries in 2019. He performs locally and, last summer, played music for the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, WI. He has original music on YouTube and Spotify, and he and Kayla are working on new music in their home studio.