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Press Release: The National Catholic Youth Conference is coming to the West Coast!

WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is coming to the west coast. NCYC will take place November 10-12, 2022 at the Long Beach Convention Center. While NCYC (ncyc.us), the largest gathering of Catholic teenagers in the country, typically sees upwards of 20,000 participants, this year it will be limited to a smaller capacity.

“I am delighted to have the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) come to the west coast. All of us in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are looking forward to having thousands of young people join us in Long Beach to celebrate our faith in Jesus!” – Archbishop José Gomez.

This year’s event, titled “Walking on Water – Caminando Sobre el Agua”, is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, (nfcym.org). The event is a powerful and life-changing faith experience that offers young people an opportunity to encounter Christ.

This distinctly Catholic three-day conference will include opportunities for spiritual growth, prayer, learning, and service. Participants will engage with an extensive program of workshops and prayer experiences, along with an interactive thematic village that includes artistic and recreational activities and opportunities to connect with religious communities and Catholic colleges and universities.

NCYC programming will feature Fr. Agustino Torres, and Chika Anyanwu, as emcees, among many other renowned speakers and award-winning musicians like For King & Country, the opening act for the conference.

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is excited to attend NCYC in his role as the episcopal liaison of NFCYM. Archbishop Perez can often be found with the youth and young adults in his diocese and reminds them, “you are not the future of the Church, you are the Church.”

U.S. Bishops have a unique opportunity to engage directly with young people, not only from their diocese, but from across the nation at NCYC.

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2023 Host

Mari Pablo

Mari Pablo is a proud Hispanic and cradle Catholic whose life was wrecked in the best possible way when she finally decided to stop fighting and surrender it all to Him. Mari has joyfully worked in youth ministry for over fifteen years, both as a youth minister and theology teacher, and as a presenter for Ascension Press. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter Him.

2023 Host

Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, raised baptist in Houston Texas. Jesus called her to religious life in 2011 and in 2020 Sister made her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She ministers as a licensed mental health counselor, and also serves on the community vocations team and as a national speaker. 

You will now be directed to NFCYM.ORG to complete registration.

ABOUT NFCYM

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people.

Members enjoy:

  • Professional training, resourcing, and support
  • Full access to our resources and webinars,
  • Special rates to NFCYM events, and more.

ABOUT NFCYM

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people.

Members enjoy:

  • Professional training, resourcing, and support
  • Full access to our resources and webinars,
  • Special rates to NFCYM events, and more.

You will now be directed to NFCYM.ORG to complete registration.

2023 Host

Mari Pablo

Mari Pablo is a proud Hispanic and cradle Catholic whose life was wrecked in the best possible way when she finally decided to stop fighting and surrender it all to Him. Mari has joyfully worked in youth ministry for over fifteen years, both as a youth minister and theology teacher, and as a presenter for Ascension Press. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter Him.

2023 Host

Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, raised baptist in Houston Texas. Jesus called her to religious life in 2011 and in 2020 Sister made her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She ministers as a licensed mental health counselor, and also serves on the community vocations team and as a national speaker.