National Catholic Youth Conference – NCYC

Pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference

You are invited to a pilgrimage toward the National Catholic Youth Conference 

Interested in attending NCYC 2021? Click HERE to get on the List!

All those who will be in high school in 2021 (Class of 2022, 2023, 2024, & 2025) are welcome to begin the Pilgrimage in March 2020 with St Pius Tenth.

NCYC 2019 

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Photo Album from 2019. 

2019 St Pius Tenth NCYC Pilgrims

Introducing the 2019 St Pius X Pilgrims

For NCYC November 20-23, 2019


Teen Pilgrims

Owen: I’m 15 and a sophomore at McQuaid. I have been a parishioner at St. Pius X my entire life and I like that we have a large community that is open and welcoming to people of all ages. I want to go to NCYC because I’ve heard it’s a great faith deepening experience and I believe that life is built on experiences.

 Emma: I’m 16 years old and I attended GCHS. I’ve been a member of SPX since I was in kindergarten, and I attended the school until 6th grade. I absolutely love this church because of how close the community is and also because of Father Paul’s homilies. I wish to go to NCYC so that I can strengthen my faith in God and see what all the excitement is about.

Mike: I am 16 years old and I have been a member of Saint Pius my whole life. I am a junior at gates chili high school. I love our churches ability to accept many different people into our family. I cannot wait for Ncyc because I went as a freshman and this year I get to take more of a leadership role!

 Mikaela: I am 15 years old and I go to Avon High School. I’ve been going to Saint Pius since 2011. I love the sense of community at SPX and how everyone is so caring and willing to help with anything for anyone. I want to go to NCYC because I want to strengthen my relationship with God and meet other teens who share the same beliefs as me.

Seth: I am 15 years old. I go to Churchville-Chili Senior High. I have been a member of St. Pius Church for 13 years. I am very excited to go and this will be my first trip to NCYC/Indianapolis 19′.

Claire: Hi. My name is Claire Lander.  I am a sophomore at Churchville-Chili High School.  I have been a parishioner of St. Pius since I was born.  I have participated in Faith Formation for a number of years, and I am attending NCYC this year.  I hope to have a special experience with my friends and meet new friends.  I look forward to all the workshops and activities to strengthen my faith.  It has been an exciting pilgrimage so far and I can’t believe it is almost here!

Dominic: I am 16 and have been a member of Saint Pius X from the age of 5.  Currently, I am a student at Gates Chili High school. For me, going to church is a cleansing experience from all the evil that I encounter during the week. I feel centered at church and can integrate Father Paul’s homily into my life. I am excited to deepen my faith along with thousands of others at this well anticipated retreat!

Val: is 15 years old and goes to Churchville Chili High School.  She has been a parishioner for 6 years. She is very excited to attend NCYC fir the first time.  She can’t wait to expand her faith and relationship with God.

Kyleigh: I am 16 years old and I go to Churchville Chili High School.  I have been a member of St Pius X Church for 5 years.  I love all of the opportunities available to kids my age to be active participants in our faith and our church community in general.  I have already been to NCYC once, and I want to go again because it is such an amazing experience and it gives me hope, being surrounded by people of my generation that share the same value for our Catholic faith.

Hannah: I am 15 years old, I am a Sophomore at Aquinas Institute. I graduated from St. Pius Tenth school and have been a parishioner here most of my life. I love being at St. Pius Tenth because of Fr. Bonacci, the parishioners I meet there, and for the youth group. I cannot wait to go to NCYC because I feel I will become closer to God and it will be an experience that my friends and I will always share.

Zach: I am 16 years old and am a junior at Gates Chili High School. I have been a parishioner of St. Pius all my life. I am involved with the Boy Scout Troop and the Varsity CYO basketball team at St. Pius. I love the feeling of community within St. Pius and am looking forward to that same feeling at NCYC.

Salomón: I’m currently 15 and I attend Churchville-Chili Senior High School. I like our parish (St. Pius X) because we have a very strong sense of community and have the ability to heal ourselves after very tough situations (like our church fire in 2015). It gives me hope and gratitude to be part of such a wonderful community like this. I want to go to NCYC because I want to obtain a 1-on-1 relationship with God and really begin to find my faith in me and in Him. And of course, hanging out with my friends 🙂

Betsy:  I am sixteen years old, and I go to Churchville-Chili High School. I have been a parishioner at St. Pius X for eight years, and I love the supportive community we have here. I want to go to NCYC because I believe it will be an enlivening experience and that it will help me develop my person prayer life.

Adult Pilgrims

Kathleen: My family has been involved with St. Pius for more than 5 years. I have watched my husband shepherd groups and return energized and alive with the spirit.

I look forward to experiencing the energy, excitement and reconnection with our Lord through the programs, music and our teens. I love watching the them open up, become enthusiastic and tuning into the to the power and love of our God. I look forward to watching each one of them grow in their faith on this journey.


Mary: I am very excited to be attending NCYC this year with my daughter Claire.  We have grown in faith together and are looking forward to the experience together.  I love being with all the teens and taking in their energy and devotion.  This comes at a much needed time in my life and I am blessed to have been called by God to do so!!!

 Barb: Director of Youth Ministry for St Pius X I love it because it is a joy to watch faith grow! I’m looking forward to seeing the always amazing ability of young people to go from rowdy, raucous singing to supreme silence in prayer. This is my Every NCYC is different because each group of young people is different – and each has a new and different experience of the Holy Wow – the conversion of heart, mind & spirit that NCYC brings!

 Sr. Laurie – I have been a parishioner at SPX for 10 months. I have been given the honor to journey with this wonderful group of pilgrims as they prepare for their trip to NCYC.  I have been to many conferences over the years and I am so excited for this group to experience the larger church and deepen their relationship with Jesus.  Though my new ministry will not allow me to attend with them, my students and I will be with them in spirit and prayer.

Mary Ellen: I have been a parishioner at St. Pius Tenth nearly my entire life. I graduated from St. Pius Tenth school and was so proud that my daughter did as well. When my daughter then wanted to attend NCYC, I thought it was a fabulous idea!! I feel so privileged to be able to accompany so many great teens from this parish to NCYC. I am looking forward to seeing their faith grow as we experience this phenomenal pilgrimage together.

This year we were excited to do our Pilgrim Formation and our NCYC Retreat with the SouthEast Rochester Catholic Community! #SPX&[email protected]

Photo Gallery of NCYC 2019

Overview of the National Catholic Youth Conference:


– attends NCYC?

Over 23,000 Catholic youth are expected to attend NCYC 2019! NCYC is open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic, 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. Youth participants must be accompanied by adult chaperones from their parish or school. NFCYM requires that adult chaperones be 21 years or older.

– sponsors NCYC?

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) sponsors NCYC. Located in Washington, D.C., and led by an energetic and creative national staff, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is a membership organization working on behalf of youth and diocesan youth ministry leadership across the country and on U.S. military bases in Europe. Members include ninety-four percent of all Catholic dioceses, the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and fifty youth-serving organizations.


 is the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)?

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also daily opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

– is the Thematic Park?

The thematic park is an interactive venue featuring College Corner, Vocations Corner, arts and crafts activities, service projects, sports, games, music, and exhibits from Catholic and secular companies, organizations, and colleges.



– is the 2019 NCYC?

The 2019 NCYC officially starts at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 14, and ends at 11 P.M. following Mass on Saturday, November 16.  St Pius X Parish will travel to Indy on Wednesday, Nov 13 and return home the morning of Nov 17.


– is the 2019 NCYC?

The 2019 NCYC will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana

– do people stay during NCYC?

The Diocesan Youth Department will work with NFCYM to arrange hotel accommodations in the Indianapolis area for our diocese. The exact hotel and its location will be determined in the coming months.

– how do we get there and get around?

We will travel by bus to Indianapolis. Our group will depart early in the morning on Wednesday and arrive in time for dinner in Indianapolis, we will get a good nights’ sleep and be ready for our Diocesan Gatherings and the opening of NCYC on Thursday. The Diocese will also provide bus transportation from the hotel to the conference center. We will depart Indianapolis after the closing Mass on Saturday night and arrive home Sunday morning  between 7-9 AM.



– much does it cost to attend NCYC?

This pilgrimage typically costs $600-$800, which will includes Diocesan registration fees t-shirts, bus transportation to Indianapolis and back & forth from the hotel, our parish NCYC retreat fee, food and parish t-shirt.

 – can I afford it??

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an excellent opportunity for the parish to show their support for young people. Many fundraisers are organized and run by parents and families.  At $100 per month with fundraisers and family contributions, it’s a reachable goal for most families.


– can I receive a scholarship?

Some scholarships are available through the Catholic Youth Foundation (CYF) USA and a limited amount of financial aid is also available from the Youth Department for those with demonstrated need.  Scholarship funds for St Pius X will be generated through the fundraisers we run, so the amount varies from year to year. Scholarship awards will be based on how active one is in the faith community and participation in fundraisers.


– do I register for NCYC?

Fundraisers will begin as early as Summer 2018 but the Diocese doesn’t begin their preparation until January 2019.  When their registration forms are available we’ll let you know. Initial registration forms and deposits will be due probably in March or April 2019.  This deposit is non-refundable. No NCYC pilgrim will be allowed to attend the Conference if their financial obligations have not been met. Final registrations and payments will be due in spring/summer 2019.


– can I get more information?

The Diocese of Rochester will make arrangements for our conference registration, hotel accommodations, some meals, bus transportation to Indianapolis and to and from the hotel to the Conference. The NCYC Group will make their own decisions regarding some meals and when we leave for Indy. Contact Barb at [email protected] with questions. You may also visit


– attend NCYC?

Youth and adult participants attend the NCYC because they want to:

  • Gather on a national level
  • Learn more about themselves, their friends and God’s love.
  • Celebrate their Catholic Christian faith
  • Meet thousands of other Catholic youth
  • Share beliefs and experiences
  • Recognize their role in the larger Catholic Church

Are there opportunities at NCYC for youth besides being a participant?

  1. NCYC YOUTH ANIMATOR. Do you have high energy and enthusiasm and possess good public speaking skills, vocal music ability, and some rhythm? Youth animators take lead roles in general session programming by leading prayer, song, and movement from the main stage in the stadium.
  1. NCYC YOUTH AMBASSADOR. This program is for young people with good people, public speaking, and/or leadership abilities. They do not need any previous experience, but should be comfortable with the possibility of speaking in front of large groups. Ambassadors welcome other participants to mega workshop and workshop sessions, determine if/when a room has reached its capacity, introduce and thank warm up artists (mega workshops) and speakers (mega and regular workshops), lead prayer, and introduce the evaluation process. More information forthcoming.

Wow! NCYC was amazing! I’m so happy I went. The two year wait was so worth it.  Over the past three days I’ve really connected and found God for the first time.  My relationship with God has gotten very strong and I’m very sad to be leaving. This has been the best experience of my life! – Ashley, 2015 & 2017


“I had amazing experiences interacting with youth while trading hats, the joy in their faces to trade for what they wanted was inspiring. I was also reaffirmed in my call to music ministry. I really feel that God has a plan for me and that he has set me on the path I need to follow.  Adult Pilgrim NCYC 2015