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World Youth Day (NOLA)

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office and Teen C.R.O.S.S. (the Archdiocesan youth council), invite you and your young people to join us for a wonderful celebration of the young Church in our Archdiocese, World Youth Day New Orleans 2017.

Young Catholics are not just the future of our Church, they are part of the vibrant present, and to that end, gatherings such as World Youth Day are important occasions for them to experience the larger Catholic community beyond their local parishes and high schools. It is our hope that every parish and Catholic high school will have a delegation of young people present on October 22nd.

Some possible audiences to consider bringing include parish youth ministry programs/groups, CCD classes, and Confirmation candidates. High schools might consider campus ministry teams, retreat teams, student council, etc. Please make sponsoring a group from your parish or school a priority. Archbishop Aymond will be with us and looks forward to seeing your parish/school represented.

Our office staff is available to offer any assistance you may need to help make coming to World Youth Day a reality for your youth. Our staff is available to speak by phone, answer e-mailed questions, or meet with you in-person to promote World Youth Day 2017.

Thank you for your commitment to the young people of our Church. Please contact us if you have any questions.


WHO: All 6th -12th graders from across the Archdiocese of New Orleans are invited to attend; groups from parish youth ministry programs, religious education/ Confirmation classes, and schools are very welcome and encouraged! The junior high track is grades 6-7, and the high school track is for grades 8-12. (If you have 8th graders that are part of a junior high level group, contact the CYO Office to make arrangements.)

WHAT: The 32nd Archdiocesan Youth Conference held as part of the annual national celebration of World Youth Day! There will be inspirational speakers, workshops to deepen our faith and learn about teen issues, celebration of the Eucharist with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, praise & worship music, prayer opportunities, exhibitors and much more!

WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Check-in at 8:30 AM; program begins at 9:30 AM; day concludes at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Theater, La Nouvelle Ballroom & Meeting Rooms (enter at Hall I)

WHY: To join young people from across the greater New Orleans area in celebrating the young Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; to gather, affirm, break open, and send forth!

HOW: Carefully review the “preparation guide” and then register your group by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 13, 2017. Credit card payments are accepted on the website or a check may be mailed to the CYO Office. Payments must be complete prior to the conference. This is the ONLY deadline and the cost is $35 per youth. One adult may attend for FREE for every ten paid youth; additional adults can be registered for $35 per person. There is no on-site registration.