Our Religious Family in Santa Clara, California hosted the 2nd Annual RISE Bay Area at the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace from November 4 – 5, 2016.

With special events for Catholic Young Adults, a day for Youth, and talks for Adults: Parents, Teachers, Catechists, the RISE Bay Area 2016 seeks to provide a setting where questions about life’s great questions can find answers.


Fr. Brian Dinkel, IVE, pastor of Our Lady of Peace, greets a RISE 2016 participant.

Participants are invited to “rise above the culture” in living life to the full in the freedom and joy of the children of God.




Sarah Swafford and Colin Nykaza joined RISE as the keynote speakers for 2016.


Colin Nykaza, Director of Young Adult Outreach for the Archdiocese of New York

Sarah also collaborates with the Chastity Project providing resources and inspiration for a whole new way of living in purity in our times.


Sarah Swafford

Born from the Young Adult ministry and Theology of Tap Silicon Valley at Our Lady of Peace, 2015 RISE welcomed Matt Fradd and Jackie Francois.

See more from RISE Bay Area 2016 on their Facebook page.



Save the date! Next year’s RISE 2017 will be held on the Feast of St John Paul II, October 21-22, 2017.  “Do not be afraid to be saints!”


It’s what we were made to become!


St. Therese, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, St. Faustina, and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati…and Susan!


College friends from Benedictine in Kansas: Sarah and Sr. Virgo Offerens.

So let’s do it!