The Dubuque Area Vocation Association Youth Gathering will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke University campus.More than 500 students from schools in the Dubuque Archdiocese are expected to attend. The event, scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m., is free and open to the public.The keynote speaker will be Jesse Manibusan, who will present the message, “Faith on Fire.” Manibusan is a Catholic lay evangelizer who uses music, comedy and stories to connect with people. He recently emceed the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. Manibusan, who lives in Pacifica, Calif., with his wife and two daughters, has spent most of his life serving as a music minister and youth minister in various parishes in the Diocese of Oakland. He has numerous recordings including the Unity Award-winning Rap/Hip Hop Song for 2003, “MC God.”For more information, contact Len Uhal at (563)876-3332.Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.