WHAT is the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)?

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is held biennially and gathers more than 22,000 Catholic teens, parish youth ministry coordinators, bishops, pastors, parents, school campus ministers, adult chaperones, coaches, scout leaders, and diocesan leaders. The conference is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and offers a three-day experience for young people to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. NCYC offers opportunities for prayer, service, reconciliation, Eucharist, and recreation. NCYC began in 1983 as a regional conference, with sessions held on the East and West Coasts. NCYC was merged into a national conference in 1991. The 2017 NCYC takes place November 16-18 in Indianapolis with the theme Called – Llamados. For more information about the National Catholic Youth Conference, visit http://www.ncyc.info. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalCatholicYouthConference.

WHO attends NCYC?

High School age youth

Many youth participants are leaders in their local parishes, Catholic schools and/or diocese, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith. Some attendees may have participated in previous national or international events such as the World Youth Day. Many are experiencing this type of gathering for the first time.

Besides accompanying a group of youth to NCYC, there is programming especially targeted to enrich and support adult youth ministry leaders and catechists in their ministry.


adult youth ministry leaders, coaches, scout leaders

There is a special parent-track for continued adult learning and formation, enrichment and support for parenting youth, and creating strong Catholic families in the current times and culture.


NFCYM requires that chaperones be 21 years or older. The diocesan group must have at least two chaperones for first one to ten youth and one additional adult for each additional one to six youth.


Bishops, priests, and deacons have the opportunity to learn more about youth culture and engage with youth by serving in a variety of ecclesial roles including: presiding at masses and prayer services, sacrament of reconciliation, participate in interactive theme park, and help lead service projects with attendees. There is a special vocations area in the theme park to discuss vocations and provide youth with opportunities to ask questions and discern their call.



The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held November 16-18, 2017, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center.  Attendees begin to arrive as early as Wednesday evening, depending on travel distance. The interactive theme park opens at 12:00 pm on Thursday, and the doors open for the opening event Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. Many diocesan regions gather on Thursday afternoon for a kick-off mass prior to the opening event.


The conference events are held at the Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center. Hotel blocks are reserved in the local and outlying area for attendees. Advanced registration is required.

HOW to register?

Go to www.ncyc.info to begin the steps for registering a group, or for adult individuals and families wishing to attend. There is a special registration link for press and media personnel here:
To find more detailed information on programming, workshops, speakers, performers and more go to www.ncyc.info