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​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 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.​

For the first time, NCYC 2022 will take place in Long Beach, California and St. Barbara will be attending.

Our group will depart on Tuesday evening, November 8th and arrive in Long Beach. We will spend two days at Disneyland and then attend the conference from Nov 10-12. We will return back to the Pittsburgh area on November 13. 

All pilgrims will be required to attend the Pilgrimage Send-off scheduled for Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Barbara Church.

At the Send-off, you will receive all of your swag and go over details and rules for the pilgrimage.


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What is the National Catholic Youth Conference?
In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship.​

NCYC is the largest Catholic youth gathering in the U.S., with over 25,000 young people, clergy, religious, and adult chaperones attending from all over the country. A true 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.

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

Who should attend NCYC 2022?
The conference is open to all 10th through 12th graders in the 2022-2023 school year.  9th grade students may attend with an older sibling or a parent. Adult chaperones, 21 years of age and older, must have all required diocesan clearances, but are welcome to join in this pilgrimage of faith.

What is the registration fee?
The total cost is $2150 for all attendees. A $100/person payment is due by March 15th to secure your spot on the trip. Registration can be completed online.

REGISTER NOW FOR NCYC 2022 LONG BEACH

Who do I contact to register or if I have questions?
Please contact Christie Smith for further information about this pilgrimage.

 Our History With NCYC

Energy. Enthusiasm. Vibrant Power of the Spirit.

Pilgrims from St. Barbara Parish first attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in December 2001. All these years later, we can proudly say, countless young people from our community have returned from this pilgrimage with a newfound perspective on their Catholic faith. They also find a new realization - we truly are all in this together.

Bishop Frank Caggiano says, "Ninety percent of the battle of faith is keeping our eyes fixed on what is most important." There is an energy, enthusiasm and vibrant power of the Spirit at NCYC. Anyone who has ever made this pilgrimage will tell you it becomes a life changing encounter with Christ. 

​NCYC 2001​Hope at the Crossroads​Indianapolis, Indiana
​NCYC 2003​The River of Life​Atlanta, Georgia
​NCYC 2005​Winds of Change​Houston, Texas
​NCYC 2007​Discover the Way​Columbus, Ohio
​NCYC 2009​Christ Reigns​Kansas City, Missouri
​NCYC 2011​Called to Glory​Indianapolis, Indiana
​NCYC 2013​Signed. Sealed. Delivered.​Indianapolis, Indiana
​NCYC 2015​Here I Am Lord​Indianapolis, Indiana
​NCYC 2017​Called​Indianapolis, Indiana
​NCYC 2019​Blessed. Broken. Given.

​Indianapolis, Indiana

​NCYC 2021
​Ablaze
​Indianapolis, Indiana

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