What is NCYC?
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic high-school teenagers and their adult chaperones. The conference gathers 23,000+ high school teens and adults from across the country to pray, learn, and celebrate. It is the premier event for Catholic teens in the country.
What happens at NCYC?
There are loads of opportunities for teens to have a positive faith experience. There are nationally recognized speakers, inspiring music, presentations, liturgy, opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and oodles of teen energy at the twice-daily general sessions. The days are filled with amazing workshops, concerts, prayerful and informative hands-on activities, and a chance to bond with our Catholic brothers and sisters from all over the United States.
A key component of NCYC is the thematic park which is a blend of traditional exhibit booths with interactive areas featuring service projects, games, recreation, live musical performances, arts and sports. Learn more about NCYC by viewing the promo video: http://www.ncyc.info/. NCYC is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc. (NFCYM).
Who is the NFCYM?
The NFCYM is a nonprofit organization who purposes are to foster the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. Learn more about the NFCYM here: http://nfcym.org/.
Why attend the NCYC?
Youth attend NCYC because they want to:
Gather together with other Catholic youth on a national level;
Learn more about themselves and their relationship to God, and the Catholic Church;
Celebrate their Catholic faith;
Meet thousands of other Catholic youth;
Share beliefs and experiences;
Recognize their role in the life of the Catholic Church.
What does NCYC as a pilgrimage experience mean?
Attending NCYC is more than just a vacation; it can be a life-changing experience. The goals of a pilgrimage, especially for youth, should reflect the general goals for youth ministry. As a reminder, those goals are:
To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community
To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
Will participants miss any school days?
Yes. NCYC participants will miss at least 2 days of school. In 2017, the conference is scheduled November 16-19. The NFCYM has provided a letter which students can bring to school officials in the fall to explain the great value in attending NCYC.
Visit the Archdiocese website about NCYC: https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/adolescent-faith-formation/programs-services/ncyc-national-catholic-youth-conference/