News & Updates

Pope Francis sends cordial greetings and prayerful good wishes to all assembled for the New York Encounter.


Steven McDonald (March 1,1957 - January 10, 2017) Rest in Peace

NYPD Detective Steven McDonald had no bitterness towards the teen who shot him three times in Central Park, and nearly killed him. The first bullet hit him in the head, above his eye; the second hit his throat and caused him to have a speaking disability; and the third shattered his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down and leaving him quadriplegic and in need of a ventilator. In spite of all this, Steven was still able to affirm, “There is more love in this city than there are street corners.” It was this same love, in this same city, that Steven was willing to share with us in a presentation titled “Never Lose Infinite Hope.” We will honor his memory at the beginning of the event he so graciously accepted to be part of.

"It’s Not Just Three Days" - Stories from the New York Encounter

Listen to Something Revealed's latest podcast on the New York Encounter. Six friends from all corners of the USA talk about their experience after attending the Encounter.

Raffle & Silent Auction

The New York Encounter is excited to offer something new to visitors this year: a silent auction. Please take this opportunity to bid on and possibly acquire several rare, high-quality, exciting, even delicious (!) items to enjoy or to give as gifts. You’ll find the auction items in the main plaza area of the ground floor. Other booths are there as well where you can purchase raffle tickets, make donations, purchase NY Encounter souvenirs, and purchase tickets for the Saturday evening performance. Visit often during the weekend. All donations are tax deductible and help make New York Encounter possible.

The raffle winning numbers will be posted as they are drawn.

The New York Encounter App

The New York Encounter app is live in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play store (Android's app store)! This means that anyone can download the app today via those means on their mobile device. Simply search "New York Encounter" in the respective app store and you'll find the Encounter's 'X' icon there for you to download.

Support the Exhibit

Please consider contributing to the fundraising effort to help cover the expenses associated with building the exhibit Education: Discovering the Promise of Reality.

Click here to make online donation.

Reality Has Never Betrayed Me. A sneak peek at the upcoming 2017 New York Encounter.

New York Encounter 2016: Final Statement

8,500 attendees, 23 conferences, 6 exhibits, 2 original shows, and the 7th edition New York Encounter was underway. The theme of this annual three‐day cultural event, Longing for the Sea and yet [Not] Afraid, drawn from Edgar Lee Masters’ poem George Grey, reflected the optimism and boldness with which one who has his desire intact, enters life. In a world which, as John Waters noted in the final event of the Encounter, bears more doubt then faith, where “the din of the outside…dampens our heart so that we cannot feel it, it is important that we get
this circuitry going again;” that we come together and are reminded to see and hear things new again...

Download full document (PDF).

Poetry Contest 2017

The contest is now closed.

New York Encounter is sponsoring a poetry contest to celebrate the theme of its 2017 event. The Encounter is an annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City. It strives to witness to the new life and knowledge generated by the faith, following Pope Benedict’s claim that “the intelligence of faith has to become the intelligence of reality.” Click here for more information.