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The next international World Youth Day will be held January 22-27, 2019 in Panama.
For 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is "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 2017, 2018, or 2019 World Youth Days, 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
God our Father,
be with us on our pilgrim journey of faith.
Give us the grace and courage to step forward in faith and hope on the road ahead.
open our eyes to see your face in all those we encounter.
Open our ears to hear your voice in those who are often ignored.
Open our hearts that we might be faithful disciples of mercy and truth.
transform us. Empower us to give ourselves to the poor, to welcome the lost,
to forgive those who hurt us, to comfort those who suffer and are marginalized.
Bless those who travel on mission from the United States of America
to Panama, where east and west and north and south come together,
to join the universal Church for the international World Youth Day gathering.
Bless, too, the digital pilgrims and those who celebrate stateside,
united in faith and joy, witnesses to God's love in their communities.
Like the disciples who journeyed up the mountain to witness the Transfiguration,
may this experience be an encounter that strengthens us for our work in the world.
Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas,
may we be worthy witnesses of our faith, humble representatives of our country,
and inspired missionaries bringing peace, hope, and mercy into our communities. Amen.
St. John Paul II, father and patron of World Youth Day,
pray for us.
St. James the Apostle, patron of pilgrim travelers,
pray for us.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, young faithful witness from our native land,
pray for us.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries and advocate for youth,
pray for us.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, man of the beatitudes and patron of young adults,
pray for us.
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord...that we may walk in his paths.
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
GROUP LEADERS: If you took a group to Krakow, check out the International Pilgrimage and Retreat Manual for additional resources for your group to move beyond World Youth Day. Also, check out the Auschwitz Guide and Ecumenical Guide for additional resources on integrating your WYD 2016 experience into your everyday life.
WYDUSA PILGRIM JOURNAL: The journal is for all pilgrims who celebrated in Krakow, youth and young adults celebrating stateside or following along as a digital pilgrim - Order Now.
RETREAT GUIDE: Host a Post-World Youth Day retreat for your pilgrims. Check out the Retreat Guide for different post-WYD retreat ideas.
order hard copies of all guides AT 202-541-3044, or email@example.com.
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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