November 18-20, 2021

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.

Come to Indianapolis for 2021 NCYC to be set Ablaze • Enciende el Fuego

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A couple things to be aware of as you prepare to purchase tickets:

  1. Full ticket amount is due at time of purchase (credit card or electronic check)
  2. Tickets must be purchased by adults 21 years of age or older
  3. Youth participants are to be within the ages of 14-18 (current high school freshman to seniors)
  4. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be provided unless the event is canceled (tickets may be re-sold)
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NCYC Teen Testimonies

2021 Theme: Ablaze • Enciende el Fuego

The second chapter of the book of Acts tells about the coming of the Holy Spirit. At NCYC 2021, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to descend upon our young Church and set them Ablaze for the Lord!

El segundo capítulo del libro de los Hechos de los Apóstoles nos habla de la venida del Espíritu Santo. En NCYC 2021 pediremos que el Espíritu Santo descienda sobre nuestra Iglesia joven y ¡encienda en ella el fuego del Señor!

In-Person and Virtual Participation

There are now three different ways to experience NCYC. Details on pricing can be found in the Tickets & Hotels section.

Here is a brief summary of each way to participate:

In-Person Participation

For those ready to gather in person, we look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis. As you may suspect, this year will look a bit different from prior years, but what should be unmistakable in the experience is our commitment to the NCYC mission: to provide a distinctly Catholic environment in which participants are invited to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.

View the In-Person Participation FAQ Section for more information about changes for this year.

Virtual Participation

Experience NCYC in a brand new way! Participate as group at the local level, or as a family or individual from home.

To help accommodate for school schedules of virtual participants, the virtual participation programming will be scheduled to run after 5pm ET Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Participants will join through an online event platform and have access to:

  • General sessions from in-person event (access to stream and then re-aired as part of virtual programming)
  • Breakout sessions from in-person event
  • Exclusive breakout sessions  for virtual participants only
  • Speaker Q&A sessions
  • Content to help recreate the NCYC experience, including questions for reflection/group discussion, activity and prayer ideas, and more

Virtual participants also receive access to the streaming only content described below. 

Streaming Only

View the excitement of the NCYC by watching the stream of five General Sessions from our Featured Speakers, starting Thursday night through Saturday evening. This is a great way for parents and guardians to see what their teens are experiencing or for a teen (or those who have graduated high-school and miss NCYC) to be set Ablaze at home!

This is to view general sessions only—no featured commentary, no breakouts, no processing questions, no activity ideas, nor tangible elements.

2021 NCYC Emcees


Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). She is the author of the book Loved As I Am, hosts a podcast titled Abiding Together, and tweets @onegroovynun


Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He came to know Christ while studying at Seton Hall University. Following a year as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, he became a speaker with Hard as Nails Ministries and a campus minister. He now lives in Florida with his wife, Genevieve, and three children: Mieko, Michael, and Grace.

Planning in a Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to dominate the news. We at the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) continue to pray for all those affected by this virus and for the development and deployment of improved treatment and prevention protocols and the availability of vaccines to prevent illness.
Despite the period of uncertainty in which we currently find ourselves, NFCYM continues to move forward in a spirit of hope and optimism with plans for an in-person National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) November 18-20, 2021, in Indianapolis. We are working to develop virus mitigation and response plans specifically for NCYC. Only with plan approval from local officials will NFCYM open the doors to the 2021 NCYC.
If you have previously participated in NCYC, 2021 will look and operate differently to help protect participants to the degree possible from infection. We are developing COVID-19 Safety Guidelines that will be updated periodically based on guidance from state and local authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
Areas that we are exploring include, but are not limited to:
  • Required Masks & Social Distancing
  • Limited Session Capacity & Participant Groupings
  • Designated Areas for Food & Beverage Consumption
  • Sanitizing Stations & Periodic Cleaning of Frequently Touched Surfaces
  • No Facility Access for Those Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19
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