NCYC 2017



The National Catholic Youth Conference is the largest single gathering of Catholic young people in the United States. At NCYC, youth experience joy, hope, and the enthusiasm of their Catholic faith like nowhere else. NCYC is held at the Indianapolis Conference Center with the evening festivities at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The National Catholic Youth Conference is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones. More than 23,000 young people and their chaperones attended 2013 NCYC in Indianapolis. The program includes keynote presentations, prayer, workshops, Mass, and opportunities to participate in reconciliation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as recreational activities, concerts, and exhibits. A key component of NCYC is the thematic park which is a blend of traditional exhibit booths with interactive


The young church of the Diocese of Erie journeys as one heart to NCYC as pilgrims. It is our positive, powerful and joyful response to God’s invitation to know Him more fully. We leave our world behind and make the commitment to enter fully into the call to conversion to holiness so that we can return renewed and transformed so that we can better bring Jesus to others. This pilgrimage is open to all those teens in a high school grade in fall 2017.

  Click here to access the Leader Packet containing all the forms you need for the trip. Questions? Contact Jen Durney,


Who We Are

Catholic Diocese of Erie works in cooperation with other departments within the Office of Education. These include Faith Formation, RCIA, Chastity and NFP, Athletics, etc.

We entrust our work to the Blessed Mother through the intercession of St. John Paul II -- "Totus Tuus!"

Please know of our prayers for the youth of the Erie Diocese and those who minister to them.

Jennifer Durney, OYYAM Coordinator

What We Do

Our mission is to develop young disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this through:

  • Discipleship programming for youth,
  • Opportunities for training, networking, and fellowship for leaders, and
  • Support and resources for young adults.

Our goals are:

  • Encourage leaders become strong mentors,
  • Guide the young church grow toward a deeper relationship with God,
  • Challenge leaders and youth to live an authentically Christian Catholic life,
  • Empower the young church to be bold disciples,
  • Inspire the young church to disciple others.

Who We Serve

The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry serves...

  • thirteen counties of Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • a Catholic population of about 222,000
  • geographically the largest diocese in the state
  • covering 10,167 square miles
  • primarily rural, farm lands, fields and forests
  • 1 large city, Erie, and 2 medium metropolitan areas, Sharon & Meadville.
  • 117 parishes and 18 missions,
  • about 184 clergy
  • 326 religious women
  • 8,494 students in elementary, middle and high schools for the 2011-2012 school year;
  • close to 11,750 children and youth in religious ed
Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
St. Mark Catholic Center | 429 East Grandview Boulevard | Erie, Pennsylvania 16504 | Ph. 814-824-1218 | Fx. 814-824-1239
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