In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites young people and those that care for them from across the nation to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship. The gathering gives those gathered an experience of the universal church through engaging sessions, the sacraments, and opportunities for fellowship. The second chapter of the book of Acts tells about the coming of the Holy Spirit. At NCYC 2021, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to descend upon our young Church and set them Ablaze for the Lord!

Ignite the Roc

NCYC 2021 Kickoff Gathering
Sunday, November 14
Parish of the Holy Family (Gates) | 3:00 p.m.
Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with live music from Rock of Faith
Gathering concludes with Mass at 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Participation Ticket Package Information

  • Virtual participation ticket packages are available for purchase through the Diocese of Rochester. Ticket packages must be purchased by October 1, unless otherwise noted.
  • Streaming only tickets are available for purchase directly through NFCYM until November 18 (or until sold out).
  • Plan a scavenger hunt
  • Host a Q&A session with a parish priest
  • Organize a parish retreat
  • Take a pilgrimage to a local religious site
  • Go on a prayer walk or hike
  • Coordinate a Holy Hour with praise and worship music
  • Engage in service work

Service is a great way to dive into the NCYC 2021 experience! The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has compiled a few service ideas and local volunteer organizations to promote participation in this important part of NCYC. Check them out here.

The Global Celebration of Young People takes place annually on the Solemnity of Christ the King (This year on November 21) in every diocese and community around the world, including at the Vatican with the Holy Father. This coincides with the international World Youth Day celebration that takes place every 2-3 years, typically in the summer months and on a major scale. Why not incorporate this celebration of young people into your NCYC experience! You can find some resources with ideas on how to do this by clicking here.

Additional NCYC Information