UD group to go!

NCCC is three days of inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, exceptional music and entertainment, networking, and gaining a deeper awareness of what it means to be a Catholic young adult today. Catholic Life and UD Campus Ministry are organizing a group to attend! Speaking and performing at the main sessions this year (which are held in conjunction with NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference) will be Matt Maher, Jesse Manibusan, Jackie Francois, and many more.  NCCC website > > >


The conference begins on Thursday, Nov. 21 in Indianapolis at 6:30pm.  Our group plans to leave in the late afternoon.  You would need to miss Thursday evening classes and classes all day on Friday, Nov. 22.  The conference goes until late Saturday evening, Nov. 23.  At this point, the plan is to drive back to Dayton on Saturday night.



One of the students planning to go is from Indy, and he and his family are willing to host the group in their furnished basement. This saves a lot of money given that hotel rooms are $158 plus tax per night.



The plan is to bring breakfast and lunch food (packing lunches to eat during the conference), and eating out for dinners. One of the leaders is looking into getting some breakfast and lunch food donated.



Registration for the conference is $215.  Campus Ministry is donating the use of a van, but gas money will be the responsibility of those on the trip. It will probably be $7-$10 per person for gas. Each person will be responsible for food (see above).  And it would be nice for the group to buy a little appreciation gift for the family who have offered their home to stay in.

As we attempt to make this as affordable as possible, we are applying for a couple of grants to bring down the cost for everyone.

We also encourage you to raise funds for your own registration fees by sending letters to your parish, your family, etc. If people would like to make a tax deductible donation for your conference attendance, they can either 1.) send a check to Catholic Life with your name and “NCCC” in the memo line (mail to: Catholic Life, ℅ UD Campus Ministry, 300 College Park Ave., Dayton, OH 45469-0408) or 2.) donate on-line with a credit card at givenow.udayton.edu making sure to choose “Student Activities” from the drop-down menu under “Gift Information,” then “Catholic Life” under the second drop-down menu that will pop up. In the “Comments,” box be sure your donors type your name and “NCCC.” (Note that if you back out of the Conference, we cannot refund these tax deductible donations and that money will be donated to Catholic Life. You can also ask them to donate directly to you, but it will not be tax deductible.)



By mid-October, we need to know who is going so that we can send in registrations.  So, the non-refundable registration fees will be due in Campus Ministry by October 15. Please complete the interest form below, so we can let you know if grants came through and what the final cost actually is.


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Official Details about the Conference

College-aged young adult Catholics (ages 18-25) from throughout the USA will gather in Indianapolis, IN this November 21-23 for the second biennial National Catholic Collegiate Conference (NCCC).

The conference will be held in the heart of a vibrant downtown dining, and entertainment district at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. NCCC is presented by three leading national agencies serving this important age group: the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. The National Catholic Student Coalition and the Catholic Apostolate Center are also NCCC collaborators.

NCCC is held in conjunction with—yet independent of—the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), which will draw over 20,000 high school-aged teens and their leaders. While many NCCC participants are former participants of the highly-successful teen conference, they will be challenged to “take their faith to the next level,” encouraging them to move from an adolescent experience of the church to an adult understanding of the Catholic faith.

NCCC will feature dynamic liturgies and prayer experiences, powerful keynote presentations, relevant workshop sessions, and opportunities for socialization and recreation. The general sessions and workshops will address topics relevant to the unique needs of college-aged young adults. Other highlights include music, exhibits, and an interactive thematic area where attendees can explore their Catholic faith through a variety of engaging activities.

The theme, “Signed. Sealed. Delivered.” reflects the richness and distinctiveness of Catholic sacramental heritage, and will encourage participants to gain a profound knowledge and intimate experience of Christ through the church’s sacraments.

A full lineup of highly-respected keynote speakers, workshop speakers, and musicians will help develop the theme and connect with NCCC participants. Speakers include Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., from the host Archdiocese, and Archbishop José Horacio Gomez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Kerry Robinson, Executive Director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, will share her innovative thoughts on faith and church leadership. NCCC will also feature nationally-renown musical artists and storytellers John Angotti and Tony Melendez.

“NCCC speaks my language,” said Celeste Coajou, a student at Mount St. Mary's University in Frederick, MD. “It helped me look at my faith in way I could not have done as a teenager.”

Catherine Fleszewski, a junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, plans to return this fall after attending in 2011. “As I search for a career, an identity, I’m also searching for a place in the church. NCCC is a part of that search,” she said.