Prayer, Community, and Empowerment for Catholic Teens

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high-school age) and their adult chaperones.

The schedule includes keynote presentations, prayer, workshops, liturgy, and opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as recreational activities, concerts, and exhibits. 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. NCYC is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc. (NFCYM).

Save the Date

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Convention Center
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: November 18-20, 2021

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) accepts and processes registrations by delegation. Delegations are most often diocesan and consist of smaller parish and school groups. However, in cases where the diocese is not a member of NFCYM, or the member diocese is unable to coordinate NCYC participation, then parishes and schools in that diocese may register independently as delegations. Otherwise, all participants must register through their parish or school with the diocese.

Dioceses usually put together an overall NCYC registration package. This package includes not only the registration fee, but also overnight accommodations, travel to/from Indianapolis, ground transportation in Indianapolis, perhaps some meals, and often some kind of t-shirt/hoodie/ hat/scarf/backpack that unifies and identifies the members of the delegation.

Individuals wishing to attend NCYC, should contact their delegation leader, Robert Williams at for full package details and for deadlines for submission of payment(s) and forms.

Youth and their adult chaperones 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.

NFCYM is pleased to welcome high school age young people and their adult chaperones to the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference. To participate in NCYC, youth should be in high school in the Fall of 2017. Chaperones must be over the age of 21 and in compliance with their diocese’s youth protection/safe environment policies.

If you are a young person, parent, pastor, principal, youth ministry leader, or other individual interested in registering for NCYC, contact your diocesan delegation leader for details, package costs, and deadlines. Typically, it is the diocesan director of youth ministry who acts as the delegation leader. On occasion, a parish or Catholic high school leader may act as the delegation leader, especially if no diocesan leader is present.

NFCYM is a membership organization made up of affiliated Catholic dioceses and collaborating members. As a membership organization, NFCYM chooses to process NCYC registrations through its member dioceses. On occasion a diocese may not participate as a diocese. This could be because the diocese is not a member of NFCYM or the member diocese does not have sufficient resources to coordinate. In these cases, parishes and schools in that diocese are authorized for “direct registration.” Direct registration means that the parish/school leader acts as the delegation and group leader.

Unfortunately, no. NCYC is not designed for individual participation. Individuals must attend as part of a delegation. Youth must be chaperoned and chaperones must be in compliance with their diocese’s safe environment/youth protection policies.