About Awake

 In partnership with NET Ministries, the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship is happy to present Awake, a Jr. High youth rally. Awake seeks to accompany 6-8th graders through an event that will provide opportunities for fellowship, worship, and encounter. The event is open and accessible to any 6-8th grader and will feature a meal, entertainment, music, games, small group conversation, a keynote testimony, Eucharistic adoration, and the opportunity for the youth to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Event Details

  • March 10, 2018
  • 4:30pm to 9:00pm
  • at St. Paul Parish 
  • Open to youth in grades 6-8
  • Cost $15
  • Dinner will be served.

Schedule of Events

4:30pm - Registration opens, dinner served, and entertainment
5:30pm - Introduction
6:50pm - Small Groups
7:30- Eucharistic Adoration/Confessions/Small Groups & Wrap-up
9:00pm - Dismissal

Host & SPeaker

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Host: Bradley Barnes

Bradley serves as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Guardian Angels Parish on the East edge of Cincinnati. A convert to the Faith, he has been blessed with many opportunities to work with the amazing young people of our Archdiocese since his entrance into the Church in 2010. He has been married to his amazing wife Meghan (who brought him into the Church) for over seven years, and his interests include Cincinnati sports, podcasts, Liturgy of the Hours, and cooking (to name a few).


Speaker: Fr. Eric Bowman

Fr. Eric celebrated his ordination on May 22, 2004, which also was the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia.  Father’s first assignment was as a school chaplain and teacher at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering Ohio.  In addition to witnessing the faith to the entire high school student body, he specifically taught the Old Testament to freshman religion classes.  Three years later in July of 2007, he was assigned the pastor position at St. Jude Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Fr. Eric was assigned as parochial administrator of the Parish of Old North Dayton for two years before being named the pastor of Transfiguration in West Milton.  Presently, he is the pastor of Transfiguration Parish in West Milton, Ohio and St. Patrick’s parish in Troy, Ohio.  Father also has taken time to work directly with individual youth organizations by speaking at some of their conferences and events and in particular traveling with groups of young people to World Youth Day in Toronto, Germany, Australia, and Spain.

Father Eric is a graduate of Ohio State University.  As well as majoring in special education, he also played club volleyball for the University.  His background includes teaching special education for three years to severely disturbed children with emotional and behavioral problems, specifically ones who had been sexually abused.  In addition to his teaching career, he spent time playing in “two man” volleyball tournaments throughout the United States.  Also, he is a United States Army veteran who spent three years serving our Country.