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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host (re)ENCOUNTER, a Young Adult Faith Night, with Special Guest Mark Wahlberg

Thousands of young adults expected to attend the event hosted by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Chicago, IL (October 3, 2017) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will be joined by actor, producer and committed Catholic Mark Wahlberg and other presenters to host (re)ENCOUNTER, a young adult faith night, on Friday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at UIC Pavilion. The event will gather thousands of young adults – Catholic and non-Catholic – for a night of thought-provoking speakers, live music and faith-focused discussions.

“This opportunity for young people to celebrate and discuss their faith is particularly timely,” said Cardinal Cupich. ”The Church and the world need their energy, honesty and commitment to community more than ever as we face increased pressures undermining our national unity and daunting global challenges.”

This is the first year the Archdiocese has hosted (re)ENCOUNTER. The event will include prayerful worship, presentations from Cardinal Cupich; Wahlberg; Sr. Bethany Madonna, Vocations Director, Sisters of Life; and Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ, Vice Director, Vatican Observatory; as well as music from Joe Melendrez.

“My Catholic faith has always been a true anchor in my life that supports everything I do; my wish is for all young people to embrace their faith and put it into action,” said Wahlberg. “(re)ENCOUNTER is a one-of-a-kind experience and I am thrilled that the Archdiocese of Chicago asked me to be a part of it.”

For more information on (re)ENCOUNTER, visit