NFCYM and MyCatholicVoice Launch Virtual Pilgrimage for NCYC 2009

• New for NCYC 2009, the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage utilizes multimedia content online to help youth, youth ministers, and parents prepare, deepen and sustain their event experience. • Online participation and communication via Virtual Pilgrimage, Twitter, and Facebook extends the excitement and teachings of NCYC to attendees and virtual event participants.

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Extending the energy and spirit of NCYC 2009 beyond the physical event, the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage provides multimedia content and interactive ways which enable youth, ministers and parents to prepare, deepen and sustain their NCYC 2009 experience

Washington, D.C. and Lenexa, Kansas (PRWEB) June 26, 2009

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and MyCatholicVoice (http://www.mycatholicvoice.com), the premier online Catholic resource combining social networking and digital multimedia content, today announced the launch of the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage™ for NCYC 2009 (Nov. 19-21 in Kansas City, MO).

As the official online resource for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) 2009, the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage utilizes multimedia content online to help youth, youth ministers, and parents to prepare, deepen and sustain their experience. MyCatholicVoice is working with the leading innovators in ministry, new media, and Internet technologies to deliver meaningful content in the areas of Evangelization, Catechesis, Prayer and Community through the Virtual Pilgrimage.

"Appropriately reflected in this year's NCYC theme, 'Christ Reigns: In Us, Among Us, Through Us,' Catholicism is meant to bring people together in community, for Christ is found in and through community. Today, community is online as well as offline, and the Church is challenged to find new ways to be community and a sacramental presence," said Fred Fosnacht, CEO, MyCatholicVoice. "Through the Virtual Pilgrimage, MyCatholicVoice and NCYC have the opportunity to engage participants to connect, explore and share in these new ways."

"Extending the energy and spirit of NCYC 2009 beyond the physical event, the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage provides multimedia content and interactive ways which enable youth, ministers and parents to prepare, deepen and sustain their NCYC 2009 experience," said Dr. Robert J. McCarty, executive director, NFCYM. "Today, using online outreach through the Virtual Pilgrimage, Twitter, and Facebook, we're able to communicate interactively with youth in ways that resonate with them, and help them share their faith, beliefs and experiences."

NCYC invites everyone - youth, youth ministers, parents, both attendees and virtual pilgrims alike -- to join the MyCatholicVoice Virtual Pilgrimage TODAY to begin preparing for NCYC 2009. Visit http://www.mycatholicvoice.com/ncyc today to join this free online group.

Follow NCYC on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ncyc2009, and become an "Official NCYC 2009 - Kansas City" fan on http://www.facebook.com.

About NCYC
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general sessions, workshops addressing a wide variety of topics including Catholic spirituality and prayer, social justice issues, sexuality and leadership. There are also opportunities for reconciliation, daily liturgy, and special activities such as concerts, a dance, and comedy club. The thematic park is a unique venue incorporating traditional exhibits with interactive educational and recreational activities and vendors.

About NFCYM
Located in Washington, DC, and staffed by a team of energetic and creative individuals, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is a membership organization working on behalf of youth and diocesan youth ministry leadership across the country and on U.S. military bases. Members include ninety-four percent of all U.S. Catholic dioceses, the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire and more than fifty youth-serving organizations.

About MyCatholicVoice
Launched in February 2008, MyCatholicVoice is the premier online Catholic resource for personal inspiration and community ministry. The site's mission is to capture, organize and share the tradition of the Catholic Church for the next millennium. MyCatholicVoice offers innovative capabilities for exploring and sharing the tradition of the Catholic faith, using the latest Internet and mobile technologies. The site provides easy access to a broad range of current and historical material, including published and user-generated content. For more information, visit http://www.MyCatholicVoice.com.

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