God overflowed Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center with His presence as we were all Blessed ~ Broken ~ Given. We were blessed to be able to attend an amazing 2019 NCYC!
In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. NCYC is a three day biannual celebration of the young church. Sponsored by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry this event gathers over 23,000 Catholic Youth in grades 9-12 and their youth leaders from across the nation. The theme this year was “Blessed, Broken and Given.”
When three Pueblo parishes Holy Family, Our Lady of the Meadows and The Shrine of St. Therese came together to form the Tri-Parish Youth Ministry in 1992 a group of middle school youth from each of the three parishes went to a state Catholic Youth Leadership conference in Snowmass, CO. It was these young middle school youth who learned about the National Catholic Youth Conference and knew when they were in High School they would attend. Since then the Diocese of Pueblo has been represented at NCYC. Over the years we’ve grown from 6 teens to 100 youth attending the conference.
Because we do not have a designated NCYC coordinator the paperwork and planning are handled in conjunction with the Pastoral Network Committee (a group of youth ministers and DRE’s). Linda Davis and Lynn Cervi are the veteran NCYC planners and between the two have planned and attended for the last 22 years. Anyone who has organized a family vacation or family reunion can imagine the complications and flexibility that is needed. The Pastoral Ministries and Finance Offices of the diocese assist in organizing necessary paperwork and payment requirements. Because we are a mission diocese it is important for us to make the trip possible for teens regardless of their financial ability to pay and so we must be creative in grant writing and fundraising. We have received tremendous financial support from the Catholic Foundation of Pueblo, the National Federation and the Knights of Columbus.
NCYC includes an amazing variety of opportunities for young people to experience an encounter with Jesus Christ and His Church. There are large general sessions with nationally known speakers, music, and Mass. There are rounds of smaller workshops and opportunities for prayer. There is also an interactive thematic park for a hands-on experience of social justice and the opportunity to mingle with Catholic teens from all over the country.
2019 25,000 Indianapolis, Indiana Blessed Broken Given
2017 23,000 Indianapolis, Indiana Called / Llamados
2015 25,000 Indianapolis, Indiana Here I Am Lord/Aqui Estoy Señor
2013 23,000 Indianapolis Indiana Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
2011 23,000 Indianapolis Indiana Called to Glory
2009 23,000 Kansas City, Missouri Christ Reigns
2007 20,000 Columbus, Ohio Discover the Way
2005 22,000 Atlanta, Georgia Winds of Change
2003 22,000 Houston, Texas River of Life
2001 25,000 Indianapolis, Indiana Hope at the Crossroads
1999 22,400 St. Louis Missouri Gateway
1997 17,500 Kansas City Missouri Take it to Heart
The average cost for each person to attend the conference is approximately $800.00 this includes registration, flight, hotel and ground transportation. Our fundraising efforts include many burrito sales, spaghetti and tostada dinners, art shows, bingo, parish festivals and support from many parishes. But as any of the thousands who have attended can attest - it is well worth it.
Over the years many clergy from the Diocese of Pueblo including Bishop Tafoya have attended NCYC. This year four priests from Pueblo attended. Fr. Beto Torres, Fr. Joseph Vigil, Fr. Selva Kumar Xavier & Fr. Zaldy Norba accompanied the 91 youth and adult chaperones to NCYC 2019.
We invite you to join us in Indianapolis for the 2021 NCYC (November 18-20, 2021).
Contributor: Lynn Cervi is a wife and a mother of three young adults and is soon to be mother-in-law. She has a business degree from the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), and an advanced youth ministry certificate from the Center of Ministry, along with an advanced certificate in young adult ministry and family ministry. Nearly a quarter-century ago, Lynn started in the business office with the Tri-Parish Youth Ministry program. After helping with a few lock-ins and retreats, she knew her calling was youth ministry and she has served the Church in this way ever since.