National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry


December 6-8, 2018


Tampa Convention Center       

333 S Franklin St | Tampa, FL 33602

➤ Regular Registration $369-$389 through November 15

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.

2018 Theme


Join us alongside Tampa Bay as we "Unlock" our theme for 2018, gathering with over two thousand adult leaders at the Tampa Convention Center to network, learn, and celebrate.


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

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

Attendees have named "networking" as one of their primary needs and one of the top reasons they choose to attend NCCYM....  AND we hear you!
In 2018 each day will feature an intentional time for leaders and volunteers to gather with other colleagues in topical network sessions to share ideas, questions and resources around specific needs, interests and/or ministry focus.

Time to Process and Apply

Our main stage sessions will allow time for attendees 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 brisk workout or walk along the bay or ending it with a boat ride, outdoor concert or sing-a-long led by a national Catholic performing artist? There will be no shortage of social opportunities to help you continue to network, share and connect with your colleagues from morning till night.

So Much More

Keep returning to this site as more plans come to life and tell your friends and colleagues to plan now to join you in Tampa in December 2018!

Thank you to our Hosts


Need More Information?

Contact the NFCYM Meetings and Events Team:

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Maureen Gross  


Michael Theisen


Antonia Garza