Large group from diocese going to the National Youth Congress

Large group from diocese going to the National Youth Congress


Eighty-six youth and their young adult leaders from the Diocese of Camden are set to depart this Wednesday for Indianapolis, Ind., to take part in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), taking place from Nov. 19-21 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Held every two years, NCYC brings together thousands of teens and leaders from across the country for workshops, keynote speakers, and praise and worship.

This year’s theme is “Aqui Estoy, Senor/Here I Am, Lord,” and nationally known personalities such as Father Leo Patalinghug and musician Matt Maher will join the Catholic youth.

NCYC is “the premiere youth ministry gathering in the country,” said Greg Coogan, director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Camden.

“Youth realize they are not alone, in their hunger for the catholic faith and sacraments, and see the Church alive. The three days in Indianapolis will show the richness and beauty of American Catholicism.”

Coogan noted the diversity of the pilgrims traveling from South Jersey, with 17 high schools and parish youth ministries represented by youth from each of the six counties of the diocese, leaving via coach bus this Wednesday, and returning the following Sunday.

“Our delegation truly showcases the depth and breadth of American Catholicism in South Jersey,” he said.

For those unable to attend the event, it will be livestreamed on the NCYC website,

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