Rise Detroit 2023

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Rise Detroit 2023

In the spirit of Unleash the Gospel, the Archdiocese of Detroit is inviting high school youth to attend RISE Detroit 2023.

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Mercy High School 29300 West Eleven Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336

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  • 11 hours
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"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you…plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

All 9-12th graders are invited to attend RISE! All attending teens must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (youth minister, high school campus minister, teacher, pastor, parent, etc.). 

The event will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023, from 8:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m. at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills. The speakers include Katie Prejean McGrady, Bishop Battersby, Father Adam Nowak, Sr. Felicity Madigan, CSSF, and Fr. Craig Giera! Activities include keynotes, powerful music and worship experiences, two breakout sessions, small group discussion, and Liturgy!


Mercy High School

29300 W Eleven Mile Rd.

Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Sunday, February 5, 2023

8:15am - 7:15pm

  • 8:15 am: Arrival and Registration
  • Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Keynote: "Looking for Your Purpose" by Katie Prejean-McGrady
  • Breakout Session
  • Lunch (included in registration fee)
  • Keynote: "Living Out Your Purpose" by Katie Prejean-McGrady
  • Breakout Session
  • Small Group Time
  • Mass with Bishop Battersby
  • Dinner (included in registration)
  • Closing Session and Adoration
  • 7:15 pm: Dismissal

General Registration

All attending teens must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (parent, youth minister, pastor, teacher, etc.).

Standard Admission: $35 for all participants, teens and adults

Sign up before 1/6/23 to receive a 25% discount!

Registration will remain open until 1/29/23.

Parish Group Giveaway

Parish Group T-Shirts: Parishes or schools that register 10 or more participants by December 27, 2022 will receive free RISE 2022 t-shirts. (T-shirts will be provided on the day of the event).


Please pay online via Eventbrite or via check.

  • Make checks payable to Archdiocese of Detroit– Central Ops
  • 12 State Street, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Attention: Youth Ministry

Event Contact: youthministry@aod.org | 313.237.5904

Who are the Speakers?

Katie Prejean McGrady

Katie Prejean McGrady is a wife, mom, award-winning author, international speaker, podcaster & daily radio show host.

After working in youth ministry and high school education for a number of years, Katie began speaking full time in 2017, averaging over 100,000 miles a year traveling to speak at events for young people, parishes, parent groups, fundraisers, retreats, religious education conferences, and more.

Katie began working with Ave Maria Press in 2019 to help create digital and audio content for Ave Explores, a multi-media project digging into various Catholic topics relevant to people who want to learn more and live their faith in a real, practical way. She hosts the Ave Explores podcast, a long-form interview style podcast that topics relevant topics each season. The show has accumulated over 275,000 downloads and has been honored by the Catholic Media Association.

Katie regularly writes for Blessed is She, Catholic News Service, Aleteia, and the Grotto Network. She appears as a Catholic commentator on CNN and is a consultant for the USCCB working group on youth and young adult ministry.

In the Spring of 2021, Katie began hosting The Katie McGrady Show, a daily radio program on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM 129 that talks about pop culture, current events, Catholic news, how to live a life of abundant joy, and introduces listeners to a variety of engaging, dynamic, and profoundly inspiring guests.

Katie makes her home in Lake Charles, LA, with her husband, Tommy, and daughters, Rose and Clare.

Bishop Gerard Battersby

The youngest of nine children along with his twin brother, Gerard W. Battersby was born May 15, 1960, to the late Christopher and the late Helen (Buckley) Battersby. He grew up in northwest Detroit and attended St. Benedict Parish and school in Highland Park.

In 1993, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary as an adult vocation, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, being ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Adam J. Maida.

After ordination, he served in parish ministry for approximately 10 years. He served as an associate pastor at St. Thecla Parish in Clinton Township, Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and St. Gerard Parish, all in Detroit.

In 2002, he was named pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Detroit, and in 2007, was appointed to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where he received a Licentiate in the New Evangelization in 2008. While serving as director of graduate seminarians and graduate pastoral formation at the seminary, Fr. Battersby also served concurrently as administrator of St. Leo Parish in Detroit. In 2009, Fr. Battersby was assigned to graduate studies at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. In 2011, Fr. Battersby was appointed Vice-Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In 2015, Fr. Battersby was concurrently appointed pastor of St. Mary of Redford, Detroit. Fr. Battersby was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on November 23, 2016, and was ordained to the episcopacy on January 25, 2017.

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