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

February 10, 2019

4:30pm to 8:00pm

at St. Michael Hall

Ft. Loramie, OH

Open to youth in grades 6-8

Cost $15

Dinner will be served.

Schedule of Events

4:30pm - Registration opens, dinner available
5:00pm - Programming begins
6:30pm - Holy Hour
7:30pm - Small Group / wrap up
8:00pm - Event ends

Host & Speaker


Speaker: Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer

Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer is the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese in 2006 at the age of 39. While he heard the call to the priesthood in the 2nd grade, he spent 25 years denying and at times running away from who God wanted him to be. When he finally accepted God’s will for his life, despite the earthly joys he experienced throughout his life, like being crowned the 1985 Shelby County Junior Fair King, he found true peace and joy when he became a priest. His first assignment after ordination was as the Parochial Vicar for the Coldwater Cluster parishes until 2008 when he became pastor of Holy Angels in Sidney. From there he was appointed to his current position in 2014, and he now spends his time encouraging everyone to pray for vocations and to ask God to reveal to each one of us who He wants us to be.

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Host: Mark Hollcraft

Mark Hollcraft serves as Eastern Regional Director for NET Ministries. NET Ministries is one of the leading youth evangelization organizations in North America and around the world. Prior to working for NET as Regional Director, Mark worked in Parish and Diocesan Youth Ministry for 18 years in northwest MN, while also serving as an Area Contact for Life Teen for roughly 18 months. And prior to this, he served as a NET Missionary for two years, first year in the US and the second year travelling all over Canada.

Originally from California, Mark moved to MN after serving as a NET Missionary and has been involved in the work of evangelizing young people ever since he graduated from high school. Having grown up in a family of 11 children, he is 2nd youngest with 6 brothers and 4 sisters. He currently lives in Cincinnati with his beautiful wife, Meredith and six children (5 boys and the youngest being a girl).  He likes to hang out with his family, play sports and tell stories. In his 22 years of youth ministry experience, he has grown most passionate about the formation and outreach to young men, Theology of the Body, and Marriage and Family life.

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WoRship Leader: Joe Lundin

Joe is a gifted musician who desires to lead people to Christ! His prayerful witness to worship inspires those he leads into an encounter with Jesus! Joe started leading worship for his youth group back in high school and has since led music for countless retreats, liturgies, weddings, and healing services. As a NET (National Evangelization Team) Alumni and NET Staff Member, Joesharpened his ability to lead worship as he went through NET's musician's training. He now helps train and has trained over 400 NET missionaries that have a desire to lead people into worship as well. He currently resides in Cincinnati working for NET as their Regional Office Administrator