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 NCYC 2019

​The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is the largest Catholic youth gathering in the U.S., with over 20,000 young people, clergy and religious, and adult chaperones attending from all over the country. 

A pilgrimage of faith, NCYC is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers addressing a wide variety of topics including Catholic spirituality and prayer, social justice issues, sexuality and leadership.

NCYC features a huge interactive village where hundreds of exhibitors, musicians, games, hot meals and learning centers of all types will be available throughout the conference.​

NCYC 2019, will take place in Indianapolis, In., November 21 through November 23, 2019

Please contact your parish youth minister or faith formation director for further information. You can also contact Christie Smith, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry, for more information.

2019 Group Leader packet and NCYC Brochure will be available in the fall of 2019!

Registration was closed January 30, 2019.

 Pilgrimage Send-Off

As we prepare for the National Catholic Youth Conference, we gather with our pilgrims for fellowship, food, fun, and to go over details for our journey. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malesic. Families are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 
from 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

1715 Poplar Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Each pilgrim may bring two people with them at no charge. Additional guests are $6.00.


​The NCYC trip package includes NCYC Registration Fees, lodging, all meals while in Indianapolis, taxes, tips, a diocesan t-shirt, a diocesan sweatshirt, a diocesan hat, motor coach transportation throughout the entire pilgrimage, trading items and a pre-event celebration.

Please Note: For those that are not eligible for the Francis Fund Scholarship, the cost increases by $235 per person. Those applying for the scholarship must submit their applications to the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation by June 15, 2019.

Francis Fund Eligible Attendees
Without Francis Fund
​$540 - 4 people per room​$785 - 4 people per room
​$610 - 3 people per room
​$855 - 3 people per room
​$725 - 2 people per room (adults only)​$970 - 2 people per room (adults only)
$1000 - 1 person per room (clergy only)

Francis Fund Eligibility for adults is limited. Scholarships will be awarded according to the youth:chaperone ratio. Eligibility for adults traveling to NCYC with the youth is as follows:

​Number of Youth​Scholarships
​1-12 Youth​2 Chaperones will be eligible for Francis Fund Scholarships
​13-18 Youth​3 Chaperones will be eligible for Francis Fund Scholarships
​19-24 Youth​4 Chaperones will be eligible for Francis Fund Scholarships
​25-30 Youth​5 Chaperones will be eligible for Francis Fund Scholarships
​31-36 Youth​6 Chaperones will be eligible for Francis Fund Scholarships
​Every Additional 6 Youth​1 Additional Scholarship

While adults are still welcome to attend beyond this chaperone ratio, they will not be eligible for the Francis Fund Scholarship. Group leaders should decide which adults will be serving in chaperone roles, and only they should apply for the Francis Fund. These chaperones will be assigned hall duty at the hotel and should also be assigned to chaperone specific youth throughout the conference. Other adults attending, who are not designated as official chaperones, will be required to pay the entire fee.

Other Costs:
Pilgrims may be instructed to bring spending money for NCYC souvenirs and other merchandise available from vendors at the conference. You may also want to have money for any stops made during the drive from Greensburg to Indianapolis. Meals during travel are not covered in the trip package.

 Forms & Deadlines

Payment Deadlines for NCYC 2019

​Payment ​Cost ​Due Date
​Deposit ​$100 per person ​January 30
​Second Payment ​$100 per person ​March 1
​Third Payment ​$150 per person ​May 1
​Fourth Payment ​$150 per person ​July 1
​Fifth Payment ​Remaining Balance ​September 1


Form Deadlines for NCYC 2019

​Form Type ​Form Name ​Due Date
​Online NCYC Parish Registration ​January 30, 2019
​Online NCYC Waiver​ January 30, 2019​
Francis Fund Scholarship Application ​June 15, 2019
​Online Parish Rooming List ​August 1, 2019
​Paper ​Adult Liability Waiver - NFCYM ​August 1, 2019
​Paper Youth Liability Waiver - NFCYM​ August 1, 2019
​Online ​Consent to Treat/Permission Form ​August 1, 2019
​Online ​NFCYM Official Registration ​August 1, 2019


Cancellations, Refunds and Changes

  • Additions/Substitutions after September 1, 2019 will be charged a $35 fee.
  • Cancellations (without substitutions) after September 1, 2019 will be refunded 50% of the total cost of the trip.
  • Cancellations (without substitutions) after October 15, 2019 will not be refunded.

 NCYC 2019 Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 20

​1:00 p.m.​Depart for Indianapolis (students may need an early dismissal from school)
​9:00 p.m.​Arrive in Indianapolis
​9:30 p.m.​Late Night Pizza
​11:30 p.m.​Lights Out


Thursday, Nov. 21

​8:00 a.m.​Breakfast at Hotel
9:45 a.m.​Leave for Convention Center
​10:00 a.m.
​Dave and Busters
​12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.​Lunch/Circle Center/Exhibits
​4:00 - 5:30 p.m.​Regional Liturgy
​5:30 - 7:00 p.m.​Boxed Dinner
​7:00 - 8:00 p.m.​Gathering & Entertainment
​8:00 - 10:00 p.m.​Opening Session
​10:30 p.m.​Bus Departs for Hotel
​12:00 a.m.​Lights Out


Friday, Nov. 22

​7:30 a.m.​Bus Departs Hotel
​8:00 - 9:00 a.m.​Gathering & Entertainment
​9:00 - 11:00 a.m.​Prayer & General Session
​11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.​Sessions & Workshops
​11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.​Thematic Park Opens
​12:30 - 2:30 p.m.​Lunch Break
​12:30 - 6:00 p.m.​Reconciliation Offered
​12:30 - 6:00 p.m.​Prayer Chapels Open
​1:30 - 2:45 p.m.​Sessions & Workshops
​3:45 - 5:00 p.m.​Sessions & Workshops
​5:30 - 6:15 p.m.​Daily Liturgy
​5:00 - 7:00 p.m.​Dinner Break
​6:30 - 8:00 p.m.​Gathering & Entertainment
​8:00 - 10:00 p.m.​Prayer & General Session
​10:30 p.m.​Bus Departs for Hotel
​12:00 a.m.​Lights Out


Saturday, Nov. 23

​8:00 a.m.​Pack Bus / Bus Departs Hotel
​8:30 - 9:00 a.m.​Gathering & Entertainment
​9:00 - 10:30 a.m.​Prayer & General Session
​11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.​Sessions & Workshops
​11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.​Thematic Park Opens
​11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.​Reconciliation Offered
​11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.​Prayer Chapels Open
​12:30 - 2:00 p.m.​Lunch Break
​1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.​Discernment Time
​3:30 - 5:00 p.m.​Comedy Club
​3:30 - 5:00 p.m.​Dance
​3:30 - 5:00 p.m.​Concert
​5:00 - 7:00 p.m.​Dinner
​7:00 - 8:00 p.m.​Gathering & Entertainment
​8:00 - 8:30 p.m.​Liturgy Preparation
​8:30 - 10:30 p.m.​Closing Liturgy
​11:00 p.m.​Depart for Greensburg



Set a Goal to Raise NO MORE THAN HALF

How many youth want to go? How much money do you need per person? Divide this into two and challenge the youth to raise half themselves through jobs and fundraisers you select, while committing the efforts of the whole group to raising the other half.

This goal amount should be developed before holding a meeting of all those interested in attending this event so that you can set everyone's sights on the right amount and the time frame the group has to work within. Be sure to check with parish leadership to ensure that you can do fundraisers and what, if any, limitations may be placed on the group. 

Don't Do It ... (alone, that is!)
Get all of the parents of youth who want to go on this trip and tell them that it will cost the parents very little for their child to go ... If they help plan and direct one or two fundraising efforts throughout the coming year.

Present them with a list of possible ideas and get them to run with them. Assign a parent or two to each idea that they have enthusiasm about. Set up a master calendar so you won't be competing with each other or other parish or school programs.

Log the Hours
Help the parents advertise the event. Always be sure to tell the people what the money raised from this event will go towards. Have those in charge of the event log the number of hours each youth worked so that the money raised can be divided proportionately to the hours each youth worked the event.

Keep Track of the Progress
Keep a running file on each of the young people who are helping to raise funds and add the money they earned after each fundraising event. Keep these out in a place where the youth can come and examine the files to see where they are and how much more they need to raise to get to their goal level.

If you have other fundraisers to share, please e-mail your ideas to the diocesan Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.

expand Fundraiser Idea : Advent Supplies Sale ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Candy Sales ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Car Window Wash ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Cat's Meow ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Cross Ornaments ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Direct Appeals (second collections and personal sponsors) ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Donut Sales ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Fall Lawn Decorating/Cleaning ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Flamingo Raids ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Flower Sales ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Global Re-Source Funding (formerly Rethink, Ink) ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Holy Bears ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Pancake Breakfast/Spaghetti Dinners ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Pie Shoppe ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Rummage Sales ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : Stock Certificates ‎(1)
expand Fundraiser Idea : WalMart/Sam's Club ‎(1)