National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry



December 6-8, 2018

Tampa Convention Center | 333 S Franklin St | Tampa, FL 33602

The National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry gathers and forms adults to inspire, strengthen, and nourish those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.


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Conference Video Overview

Unlocking NCCYM 2018: A Look at What's Awaiting You in Tampa This December

A conference overview featuring Bob Rice, Victoria Radleigh-Smith, Ryan Phelan, Maureen Gross, and Antonia Garza. Moderated by Michael Theisen. Watch this 60 minute overview that unlocks the highlights: speakers, entertainment, networking opportunities, hotel accommodations, and other logistics that make up the 2018 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). 

What's New for 2018?

Networking, Networking, and MORE Networking

Participants have named "networking" as one of their primary needs and one of the top reasons they choose to attend NCCYM.... AND we hear you!
Each day will feature an intentional time for participants to gather in topical network sessions to share ideas, ask questions, and swap resources around specific needs, interests, and/or ministry focus.

Time to Process and Apply

Our main stage sessions will allow time for participants to connect, process, reflect and apply what they are hearing with what they are doing in their lives and ministry.

Deep Dives

Extended (2.5 hour) sessions presented by national leaders, designed to take attendees deeper into a ministry topic. The perfect choice for some of our more experienced attendees.

Time to Socialize and Celebrate

How about starting the day with a light workout or walk along the bay or ending it with a boat ride, a trivia contest, or sing-a-long with performing artist? There will be no shortage of social opportunities to help you continue to network, share and connect with your colleagues from morning ‘til night.

Thursday, December 6

Unlocking and Cultivating Our Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ

How are we being disciples ourselves?


Fr. Alejandro López-Cardinale
Opening Liturgy Celebrant and Homilist

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Doug Tooke

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Julianne Stanz
Thursday Keynote

Friday, December 7

Unlocking the Minds and Hearts of the Young 

What does it look like to be a missionary disciple today? How do we help form and accompany young people into that life/lifestyle?

Synod Panel on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment Featuring…

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Bishop Frank Caggiano
Diocese of Bridgeport


Katie Prejean McGrady

U.S. Delegate to Pre-Synod Gathering

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Bishop Nelson J. Perez
Diocese of Cleveland

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Fr. João Chagas

Youth Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

Saturday, December 8

Unlocking Missionary Discipleship 

How do we effectively engage and disciple the emerging young generation to be missionaries, especially when so many are walking away from faith?

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Sr. Josephine Garrett
Saturday Keynote


Bishop Gregory Parkes
Closing Liturgy Celebrant and Homilist

Thank You to
Our Hosts

Need More Information?

Contact the NFCYM Meetings and Events Team:

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Maureen Gross

Director of Meetings and Events


Michael Theisen

Director of Ministry Formation


Antonia Garza

Communications and Marketing Manager