Did you know that the Archdiocese of Dubuque has been one of the #BiggestNCYCGroupEver!? with almost 1,800 teens and adults participating in 2019. Even during 2021, COVID year, we were the second largest group behind Indianapolis! In order to share in this experience with the young people, we invite you to continue to checking out the NCYC website which is ncyc.info. The dates for 2023 are

  • Thursday, November 16
  • Friday, November 17
  • Saturday, November 18 
  • Sunday, November 19

If you have questions, you can contact the cluster office and Jaci can help you. Want to get an insiders perspective? We had four individuals attend in 2021: Courtney Chambers, Evelin Hernandez, Molly Light, and Hailee Kruse. Ask them your questions too!

What are attendees saying about NCYC?

Simply Amazing…

“The presenters and the music and the exhibits are all top-notch... Every Catholic should experience NCYC at least once!!



Life Changing…

“Adoration changed my life. I was able to see God's unconditional love for all of us!”



“It was very surreal to be around so many people that believe in my faith!”




“I am so excited to attend NCYC in the fall and live fully alive in my faith!




2023 Fully Alive
God created mankind in his image
in the image of God he created them.
Some are living half lives,
unfulfilled and unsure,
watching the world pass by.
So what will we do now
call on the Spirit come down
bring the peace when the world’s loud
hold onto God when we fall down.
And get back up and rise
and look back in his eyes,
made in his image surprise.
It’s the reason for creation
and we have been sent forth
to every single nation.
So today let’s decide
to live Fully Alive!

What is NCYC?
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic high-school teenagers and their adult chaperones. The conference gathers 23,000+ high school teens and adults from across the country to pray, learn, and celebrate.  It is the premier event for Catholic teens in the country.

What happens at NCYC?
There are loads of opportunities for teens to have a positive faith experience.  There are nationally recognized speakers, inspiring music, presentations, liturgy, opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and oodles of teen energy at the twice-daily general sessions.  The days are filled with amazing workshops, concerts, prayerful and informative hands-on activities, and a chance to bond with our Catholic brothers and sisters from all over the United States.

A key component of NCYC is the thematic park which is a blend of traditional exhibit booths with interactive areas featuring service projects, games, recreation, live musical performances, arts and sports. Learn more about NCYC by viewing the promo video: http://www.ncyc.info/. NCYC is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc. (NFCYM).

Who is the NFCYM?
The NFCYM is a nonprofit organization who purposes are to foster the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. Learn more about the NFCYM here: http://nfcym.org/.

Why attend the NCYC?
Youth attend NCYC because they want to:
 Gather together with other Catholic youth on a national level;
 Learn more about themselves and their relationship to God, and the Catholic Church;
 Celebrate their Catholic faith;
 Meet thousands of other Catholic youth;
 Share beliefs and experiences;
 Recognize their role in the life of the Catholic Church.

What does NCYC as a pilgrimage experience mean?
Attending NCYC is more than just a vacation; it can be a life-changing experience. The goals of a pilgrimage, especially for youth, should reflect the general goals for youth ministry. As a reminder, those goals are:
 To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community
 To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
 To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person

Will participants miss any school days?
Yes. NCYC participants will miss at least 2 days of school. In 2023, the conference is scheduled November 16-19. The NFCYM has provided a letter which students can bring to school officials in the fall to explain the great value in attending NCYC.

Visit the Archdiocese website about NCYC: https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/adolescent-faith-formation/programs-services/ncyc-national-catholic-youth-conference/