This is the website for the DIOCESE OF GARY pilgrimage to

2019 National Catholic Youth Conference
Blessed · Broken · Given
Bendito · Partido · Entregado
November 21-24, 2019 · Indianapolis, IN

Official NFCYM NCYC website

“It was amazing to see 23,000 people in one arena,worshipping, praying, all together.”
~former Diocese of Gary NCYC participant

“It was life-changing. It was amazing to see the change in our young people in such a short time, (and their) desire to share their faith more openly. They know it’s OK to believe what they believe in and to express that with other people.”
~former Diocese of Gary NCYC adult group leader

Are you or your child going to NCYC 2019?!

If you are going to NCYC, or you are a parent/guardian of an NCYC participant, be sure to read/download/print this PRE-NCYC PACKET OF INFO (PDF), complete with lots of info to prepare you for NCYC 2019!

Welcome aboard! to the following parish, cluster & school groups that will comprise the Diocese of Gary Delegation to NCYC ’19:

Andrean High School, Merrillville · Catholic Communities (Sacred Heart, Wanatah-St. Martin of Tours, La Crosse-St Mary, Otis) · Holy Name, Cedar Lake · Holy Spirit, Winfield · La Porte Catholic Church · Nativity of Our Savior, Portage · Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven · St. Ann, Gary · St. Edward, Lowell · St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso · St. Helen, Hebron · St. John Bosco, Hammond · St. John the Baptist/Whiting-Robertsdale Cluster · St. Mary, Crown Point · St. Matthias, Crown Point · St. Michael, Schererville · St. Patrick, Chesterton · St. Paul, Valparaiso · St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, Valparaiso



  8.5 x 11 Flyer

   11 x 17 Poster

That’s why we start the journey over a year in advance! NCYC is expensive, no doubt. But I’ve been in Catholic youth ministry my entire adult life, and I’ve been to 11 of them. I still say it is my favorite youth ministry event, and I strongly believe it’s worth every penny. NCYC is everything you love about youth ministry (okay, unless you like small and quiet). Seriously- is prayer your thing? How about 22K+ in silence before our Blessed Sacrament? Service? Sign up and make meals for the hungry. Things feel stale and you’re looking for new ideas? Browse hundreds of exhibitors from across the nation. Need inspiration? The best of the best speakers and workshop presenters, and it’s surreal watching some of those live concerts! Feeling like teens just aren’t religious these days? Surround yourself with about 20,000 of them laughing, dancing, screaming, praying, listening, and ENGAGING.

Resources for Diocese of Gary NCYC group leaders:

Courtyard, confirmed: We have again been assigned to the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, the same hotel for which we have been assigned since 2011. All previously-published estimates were based on the assumption that we would be placed there, so those figures will hold up.

NCYC 2019 Info Meeting for Group Leaders
Held: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 6:30 PM – 8 PM CST

If you missed the meeting, a recording is available. Email Kevin at to request the link.

Link to YouTube video: I showed a promo video during the online meeting but it didn’t translate well. Here is the link. This is a promo video that I spliced together prior to NCYC 2017. There are a number of videos available at NFCYM’s YouTube site. Many are either more low-key or high-energy. This one is a little longer and has both elements. Please note the end shows NCYC 2017, but the video definitely holds up for NCYC 2019.

Documents for Group Leaders

Pre-NCYC Info Packet for Participants & Parents
Late Oct. Group Leader Info
Excused Absence Memo
COMPLETE Aug. Group Leader mailing
NCYC YOUTH waiver form (pgs 1 & 2 due 9/16)
NCYC ADULT waiver form (pgs 1 & 2 due 9/16)
Diocese Youth Perm. Form (due 9/16)
Roommate Request Form (due 9/16)
Hotel Placement Request Form
Finalized NCYC Billing Plan
Mar-Apr Group Leader Notes
Mar-Apr Group Leader Notes
Reg. Info Collection Form
NCYC 2017 Formation Sessions
Nov Meeting Notes
Preliminary estimates, deadlines
NCYC Fundraising
10 ideas to keep the fun in fundraising
The Art of YM fundraising