NCYC Featured Speakers

Learn more about our featured speakers for 2021.

General Session Speakers

Chika Anyanwu

Chika Anyanwu is a Catholic evangelist, youth & young adult minister, the author of "My Encounter: How I Met Jesus in Prayer," and the Director of Formation and Events for Vagabond Missions. Her love of God and neighbor enthuses her to share the gospel through testimony, scripture, and honest conversations about the difficult realities of faith and life. Chika is a part of a beautiful Nigerian family, loves her coffee black, and desires sainthood for herself and you! You can learn more about Chika, purchase her book, and leave a prayer request on her website:

Noelle Garcia

Noelle Garcia is a Catholic speaker and musician. She travels the country sharing the Gospel through story, witness, music, prayer, and teaching. Noelle has spoken at Steubenville Youth Conferences, NCYC, San Antonio Women’s Conference, and many parish and diocesan events. She currently works in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with her husband, David, as the Respect Life Coordinator. Noelle has a Masters of Theological Studies from Newman University. She and her husband have six children.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller

Gustavo García-Siller was named Archbishop of San Antonio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2010. Installed as Archbishop on November 23, 2010, he succeeded Archbishop José H. Gomez as the sixth Archbishop of San Antonio. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago on January 24, 2003 by Pope John Paul II, and ordained on March 19, 2003 by Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.Born December 21, 1956 in San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico, Archbishop Gustavo was the eldest of 15 children. In 1975, Archbishop Gustavo professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. His more than 42 years of priestly service has taken many forms, including ministering to communities with varied cultural backgroundsOn a national level, Archbishop Gustavo has served on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and most recently served as the Committee Chairman for the USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church.

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, and founder and chair of the nonprofit group The Table Foundation. He is a best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker, host for radio, podcast and a weekly international food and faith show on EWTN, Savoring our Faith. His unique background as a chef and his previous experience as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor and former award-winning break dancer and choreographer has earned the attention of major media outlets, including the Food Network where he won "Throwdown with Bobby Flay!" The mission to see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships is making this world a better place one meal at a time.