For more than 4 decades, young people from across the Diocese of Helena have gathered annually for a weekend of prayer, formation, and celebration. We call this experience the Catholic Youth Coalition Convention!

While Convention has evolved over the years, what remains the same is our focus on our Lord, Jesus Christ, as Catholic young people.

All youth – Catholic or otherwise – in grades 9-12 are welcome at the event. Participation, including registration, is managed through local parishes. Contact your youth minister and/or pastor for details.

2020 Keynote Speaker:
Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks internationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as: Emotional Virtue, Dating and Relationships, Modesty of Intentions, and Interior Confidence. She is a graduate of Benedictine College and has been involved in ministry for over ten years. For three years, Sarah worked as a Residence Hall Director at Benedictine College, taking care of 142 freshmen women. That amazing experience gave her a front row seat into the hearts of women and men transitioning from high school to college, giving her a deeper look into the struggles facing teens and young adults today.

Sarah shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, rallies, and conferences around the world and is the author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, and is co-host of EWTN’s At the Heart of Relationships. She has also been featured in the National Catholic Register. Sarah is a contributor to Chosen, Ascension Press’ confirmation program and YDisciple’s True Beauty; she has also contributed videos for Sarah is a proud team member of Chastity Project and speaks at Steubenville Conferences in the United States and Canada.

Sarah also works on Special Projects for Catholic Identity at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where she resides with her wonderful husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, and their children: Thomas, Fulton, Cate, Kolbe, and John Paul. You can find more information about Sarah and Emotional Virtue Ministries at


Here are the pertinent documents that can be printed and shared.


Parishes and other groups who are wanting to bring young people to CYC Convention are welcome to use these materials.