The Diocese of Des Moines


National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) 2017

November 16-19, 2017 (including travel time)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Calling all youth and young adult parish leaders,

The Diocese of Des Moines is excited to share our 2017 NCYC pilgrimage package with the teens and the parish leaders of our diocese.  NCYC is an unbelievable "WOW" moment.  There’s nothing like a rousing crowd of 25,000 to bring to life the reality that being Catholic is part of something much larger than your local community.  NCYC is the largest regular gathering of Catholic youth in the country!

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. Teens and their group leaders enjoy speakers, workshops, live music, rousing large sessions, reconciliation, and a huge closing liturgy.  Perhaps best of all, teens are part of an enormous community of peers who love Jesus, their Catholic faith and aren't afraid to show it.  Teens and youth leaders can together harness the experience and bring it back to their parishes!

NOW is the time to start planning your group's trip for November 2017.  Pastors and parish leaders of youth received our 2017 promo packet the week of March 13, 2017.  Parishes who attended NCYC in the past have received the information digitally as well.  Below are details of what your youth and leaders will experience as well as information to get your parish registered for this faith-filled event.  Contact John Gaffney at for more information or to arrange a time when he can come and visit with your teens and their parents.

Here is a bit of what your teens can expect at NCYC 2017:

  • Master of Ceremionies are Father Joe Espaillat and Emily Wilson

  • Keynote addresses will be presented by Chris Stefanick, Roy Petitfils, Brian Greenfield, and Sister Miriam James

  • Special Friday Evening Music Event is TobyMac

  • Hotel - Youth and parish leaders will be staying at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel located at 350 West Maryland Street.  

  • Registration for the 2017 Pilgrimage is $525.00 per person for a regiostration with four people assigned to one hotel room.  We also have a teen package for three people assigned to a room.  Adults have four options available from four people to a room to 1 person assigned to a room.  Please contact John Gaffney at for additional package rates.

  • Registration include the conference fee, hotel room for three nights, round trip travel by Arrow Bus Lines, a pizza buffet dinner served following our Friday Mass with Bishop Pates at the Indianapolis Convention Center, a commerative NCYC t-shirt and trading items.  

2017 Promo NCYC Packet

NCYC Pilgrimage Contact: