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Visit of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon: August 19-27, 2018
The official WYD Cross and Marian Icon made a multi-city tour across the United States this August. Learn more about these symbols of WYD and check out our page on the visit of the Cross where we will post details about the events in each city.
World Youth Day Webinar Series!
The USCCB, in collaboration with the Catholic Apostolate Center and Ministry Training Source, is hosting a series of webinars for leaders and pilgrims.
Celebrating the Legacy of World Youth Day
Recorded: Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2pm ET
WYD Panama and Stateside 2019 Orientation
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 2pm ET
WYD Safety and Security Preparedness
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2pm ET
Celebrating World Youth Day in the United States
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2pm ET
Final Updates and Preparation for Panama and Stateside
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 2pm ET
The next international World Youth Day will be held January 22-27, 2019 in Panama.
Registration is now open!
For registration and more information about WYD Panama, go to the official international website, www.panama2019.pa.
WYD Panama 2019 will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with the many young people from the peripheries in Latin America to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith.As we prepare for Panama 2019, keep in mind the Blessed Virgin Mary who is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming and most recent WYDs:
The United States will certainly have a presence at the international World Youth Day in Panama. This page will be updated with details on the U.S. involvement with and preparation for this global event. In addition, we anticipate a number of stateside (at-home) WYD celebrations taking place across the USA in January 2019. More details on those gatherings will be posted on this site.
In the meantime, if you have further questions about the U.S. connection to WYD, email email@example.com.
Leaders and pilgrims - sign up for our Panama 2019 e-mail newsletter!
Pope Francis confirms his visit to Panama for the 34th World Youth Day. The Holy Father accepted the invitation from governmental and church leaders in Panama. Monsignor
José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama, expresses his excitement at the Holy Father's acceptance to attend this event: "This
announcement gives an immense joy to the whole organization of WYD and we are
encouraged by the certainty that the 'Peter' who will officially come to Panama
will be Pope Francis." The Archbishop also announced Pope Francis will consecrate Cathedral
Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua during this visit. For more Read the full press release.
Pope Francis released his message for the 2018 "World Youth Day" celebration (which is internationally celebrated on Palm Sunday, this year March 25). The theme of this year, which is aimed at all youth and young adults, is "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God" (Lk 1:30) .
The document is available in various languages on the Vatican website at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/youth/index.html.
In the message, he references the Synod and the preparation for World Youth Day. This is the second of three year cycle of WYD themes focused around discernment, vocation, and the Blessed Mother (Lk 1:49, Lk 1:30, Lk. 1:38). Last year, the Holy Father asked young people to reflect on their past and how "the Almighty has done great things" for them. This year, the Holy Father is encouraging young people to be aware of the present moment – not to be frightened by it or by their own self-doubts, but to take courage and be open to accepting the Lord's invitation to engage and to lead in church and in society.
World Youth Day was celebrated on Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017) at the Vatican (in particular with the transfer of the World Youth Day Cross from the young people of Krakow to the young people of Panama). In the United States, parishes, campuses, and dioceses can celebrate the gift and ministry with youth and young adults at a time that is most convenient for each local community, using the annual WYD theme.
The theme for the 2017 celebration of youth and young adults was "The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name" (Luke 1:49). Read the full message released by Pope Francis on the theme for the 2017 World Youth Day celebration.
During the Palm Sunday weekend in Rome, Pope Francis addressed young people at a prayer vigil at Saint Mary Major Basilica (on April 8, 2017) in preparation for World Youth Day and the Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." He also addressed youth and young adults during his homily for the 32nd World Youth Day in Saint Peter's Square and during his Angelus message (on April 9, 2017).
In the United States, on July 22, 2017, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington DC held a major WYD celebration for over 1,000 young adults called "World Youth Day Unite" under the 2017 WYD theme. The event featured His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington and catechist bishops, Bp. Nelson Perez of Cleveland, Bp. Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, and Bp. Mark Brennan of Baltimore, as well as Catholic performing artists Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez. More details about this event can be found at www.wydunite.com.
The Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment will take place in October 2018, just prior to World Youth Day Panama. At the prayer vigil in preparation of WYD 2017, Pope Francis encouraged young people to "make this journey, this march towards the Synod and towards Panama, and to make it with joy, with your aspirations, without fear, without shame, and to make it courageously." For more information, visit the Synod webpage.
Now what? World Youth Day 2016 is over. Where do we go next? Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon reminded us during our WYDUSA Prayer Gathering in Krakow on August 27 that our journey has just begun: "For the Apostles - Peter, James and John- the important thing was really not what happened on the mountain. The important thing was what came after they came down from the mountain." You are now in the most important part of your journey. Check out our resources to help you down the mountain and live your mountaintop experience in everyday life on our Beyond World Youth Day page.
The USCCB World Youth Day Office (WYDUSA) was happy to collaborate with the Catholic Apostolate Center on its efforts for World Youth Day 2016, in particular with the engagement of pilgrimage leaders, sharing of valuable resources and tools, making connections with stateside celebrations, assisting with technology and WYDUSA webinars, hosting the www.wyd2016.us website, and collaboration with national follow-up efforts beyond the WYD experience.
"Beyond World Youth Day, What Now and What's Next" webinar
Prayer is the foundation for World Youth Day. Just as in any pilgrimage of faith, we begin with prayer and reliance of God, for it is through the Lord that all things are possible. Beyond the practical steps and details, it is important to ground everything in a sense of spirituality and mission.
In preparation for the 2019 World Youth Day, take time to pray for:
We offer prayers to the Lord, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the patron saints of World Youth Day USA:
Check out our WYDUSA patron page for more information about these holy men and women of faith, who accompany us spiritually to World Youth Day. Also, learn more about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a lesser-known but inspirational young man who St. John Paul II presented as "the man of the beatitudes" for World Youth Day pilgrims to follow closely. May he help you and other WYD pilgrims climb "to the heights" in this pilgrimage of faith.The USCCB has also developed a special prayer for international and stateside WYD pilgrims from the United States:
World Youth Day USA Prayer
GROUP LEADERS: If you are taking a group to Panama, check out the International Pilgrimage for additional resources for your group to move beyond World Youth Day. Also, check out the Ecumenical Guide an additional resource on integrating your WYD experience into your everyday life.
WYDUSA PILGRIM JOURNAL: The journal is for all pilgrims celebrating in Panama, youth and young adults celebrating stateside or following along as a digital pilgrim - Order Now.
order hard copies of all guides AT 202-541-3044, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about World Youth Day 2016 in the WYDUSA office's news release.
Check out the reflections from bishops, leaders, and young adults in the 2016 WYDUSA Blog Series
Hear what the bishops had to say about World Youth Day in the "Countdown to WYD" Blog prior to WYD 2016
Like the USCCB Facebook page to access photos and videos taken at World Youth Day 2016.
Check out Salt and Light's World Youth Day Central for more WYD 2016 Krakow videos and photos
Got questions? Please feel free to contact the National World Youth Day USA Office, within the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, with any questions you may have pertaining to international and stateside WYDs, pilgrim preparation, and hosting events. You can also follow the WYDUSA account on Facebook and Twitter, which gives the latest news and updates about upcoming WYD events and initiatives.
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