THIRST 2013: Oct. 25-27, 2013

Those that are registering after 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 will need to stop by the registration desk (not pre-registration) to get their items.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing conference!


"Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink" John 7:37

Are you thirsting for something more? THIRST is a conference for people of all ages and backgrounds who want to find meaning in their lives and answers to the desires of their hearts. You are not alone. Events of the weekend include presentations by internationally renowned speakers, time for prayer, Mass, the sacrament of reconciliation, a concert by a rock band and more!

Who else do you know that is thirsting? Family, friends, neighbors, coworkers? Come to THIRST 2013 and bring your friends! The Lord is inviting...will you let Him quench your thirst?

Sponsored by the Diocese of Bismarck

Cost:  Free of charge*

There is no reserved seating or
 daycare available at the event.

  In order to make this event available to everyone for free, the Diocese of Bismarck is seeking sponsorships from businesses and individuals.  There are different levels of sponsorship available.  If you are interested in a sponsorship, please contact Ron Schatz, 701-204-7202 or


  • When

  • Friday, October 25, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • Bismarck Civic Center
    315 South 5th Street
    Bismarck, North Dakota 58504


Bismarck Diocese expects 5,000+ to attend 


Cardinal Dolan, Scott Hahn, Catholic rock band and Mass scheduled for free Eucharistic Conference

BISMARCK – The Catholic Diocese of Bismarck is planning to finish the last month of the Year of Faith in a huge way. The diocese is planning its first-ever THIRST 2013 Conference at the Bismarck Civic Center Oct. 25-27, 2013.

“When brainstorming events for the Year of Faith, the planning committee began discussing the idea of having a conference as a climactic event to bring the diocese together,” said Michelle Duppong, the Bismarck Diocese coordinator for the Year of Faith.  “At a minimum, we’re expecting 5,000 people, but we want to pack the place and experience the power of the presence of Christ’s body!”

The event will begin Friday evening with Mass and a keynote by Dr. Scott Hahn, an internationally renowned Catholic author, speaker and former Protestant minister followed by a concert by “The Thirsting,” a four-piece Catholic alternative rock band from Vancouver, Wash. Saturday will feature a highly anticipated presentation by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Dolan's presentation is sponsored by the University of Mary. 

Other speakers include popular youth presenter Chris Stefanick and husband-wife tandem Peter and Debbie Herbeck among others.
“The caliber of speakers is the best of the best,” said the Rev. Monsignor Chad Gion, chair of the Speakers Committee for THIRST 2013. “These are nationally known speakers on the faith and we’re phenomenally blessed to be able to host an event of this quality. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you really couldn’t do better in terms of quality of speakers.”

The event also includes time for prayer, confession and eucharistic adoration and ends with Mass on Sunday which Duppong hopes will include many priests, deacons and lay people from North Dakota and the surrounding region.

Duppong said individuals of all faith denominations are invited to attend in order to “have an encounter with Jesus Christ and see the friendship He desires to share with every one of us.”

“People should come to THIRST to find Jesus and say ‘yes’ to His offer of friendship with them because they will never have a better and more faithful friend,” said the Most Rev. Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck.  Bishop Kagan added that those who attend will “be sent home much different from when they arrived” with “peace of mind and heart.”

THIRST 2013 is a free event, but participants are encouraged to reserve their spot at the conference by registering online and getting more information at and clicking on the "Events" tab.

“We hope that people will come, but that they won’t come alone,” Duppong said. “We want everyone to bring someone else with them—to think of their family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”

The Bismarck Diocese plans to have a THIRST conference every two years, although Duppong admitted extra effort has been put into THIRST 2013 since it will occur near the end of the international celebration of the Year of Faith.

“It’s time for us to share our excitement and joy about our encounter with and experience of Jesus,” Bishop Kagan said.

THIRST 2013 is sponsored by the Diocese of Bismarck in cooperation with the University of Mary.

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