Youth and their chaperones came from every corner of the country, including Hawaii and Alaska. The event was filled with guest speakers, special events, break-out sessions and beautiful Catholic music, both traditional and contemporary. Some of the most memorable moments came during the evening of Eucharistic Adoration featuring Catholic musician Matt Maher. You could have heard a pin drop in the stadium during the Eucharistic procession and as the Eucharist was exposed. In addition, it was beautiful to see so many priests present at NCYC, interacting with teens, offering mass and hearing confessions. A powerful and lasting image were the dozens of priests and more than 30 bishops present and processing in during the closing mass. It was such a witness to our young church who perhaps experienced their Catholic faith in a new and profound way.
This is my third time traveling to the National Catholic Youth Conference, which takes place every other year and is now permanently hosted in the city of Indianapolis. There are many moments from the 2017 NCYC that I will always remember but what I am most reminded of each time I think of this experience is how blessed I am to call myself Catholic and what a joy and privilege it is to witness our youth, the Catholic church of tomorrow, grow and blossom as they embrace their faith more deeply.
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AUTHOR: JILL FAUST
Jill Faust has coordinated the High School Faith Formation and Confirmation Program at Corpus Christi Parish for the past eight years and been a catechist with the parish Faith Formation program for more than 18 years. She and her husband, John, are longtime members of the parish and have three children, Catie Lightfoot (husband Dylan), Joe and Caroline Faust.