NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference, is a biennial celebration of the young Church sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. This event gathers together over 20,000 Catholic High School youth (grades 9-12) and their adult leaders from across the nation. Check out NCYC for information about the conference. St. Mary’s parish takes a group each year as part of the larger group from the Diocese of Davenport. 

2023 Theme: FULLY ALive

This year’s theme ‘FULLY ALIVE’ is geared toward helping teens discover that true happiness and real fulfillment is only found through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the soul in the state of grace! John 10:10 – I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly

2023 NCYC Emcees

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.

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. She is a presenter for Ascension Press in many projects including YOU, Chosen and Connected- CST for this generation. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter Him.

More information and registration will be available in November 2023!