November 24, 2017

National Catholic Youth Conference 2017

Catholic youths seek God and meaning in their lives

National Catholic Youth Conference participants do a line dance after the closing Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Nov. 18. (Photo by Natalie Hoefer)

National Catholic Youth Conference participants do a line dance after the closing Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Nov. 18. (Photo by Natalie Hoefer)

By John Shaughnessy

One of the most poignant realities of the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is that many of the 20,000 youths who participate are searching for something deeper in their lives: a connection with other teenagers who share their faith, a bond with adults they trust and respect, and a closer relationship with God.

Their search for faith, connection and meaning came through in the conversations that The Criterion had with a number of youths at the conference in Indianapolis on Nov. 16-18.

Several of the youths’ stories are shared here. Click on any of the links below to learn what their Catholic faith means to them during this defining stage of their lives:
 

 

(See all of our NCYC 2017 news coverage here)

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