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World Youth Day


World Youth Day Panama: January 22-27, 2019

The next international World Youth Day will be held January 22-27, 2019 in Panama!

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:
  • 32nd World Youth Day, 2017: "The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name"(Luke 1:49)
  • 33rd World Youth Day, 2018: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God" (Luke 1:30)
  • 34th World Youth Day, 2019: "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38)

Check back at a later time for more information regarding World Youth Day Panama.

Check out the promotional video for World Youth Day Panama 2019.

 Panamanian flags are seen after Pope Francis celebrated the World Youth Day closing Mass July 31 at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. Pope Francis announced that Panama will host World Youth Day in 2019. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

32nd World Youth Day, 2017

World Youth Day is celebrated annually on Palm Sunday at the Vatican. The theme for the 2017 celebration of youth and young adults, which will take place on  Sunday, April 9, 2017, 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.

Pope Francis addressed young people at a prayer vigil in preparation for World Youth Day 2017. He also addressed youth and young adults during his homily for the 32nd World Youth Day.

Pope Francis recorded a short video message for youth and young adults.
(English Translation) 

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.

Beyond World Youth Day

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 Catholic Apostolate Center: Reviving Faith, Rekindly Charity, Forming Apostles.

The Catholic Apostolate Center

The USCCB World Youth Day Office (WYDUSA) is 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

St. John Paul II gestures to the crowd at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. (CNS file photo/Joe Rimkus Jr.)World Youth Day UNITE

The Saint John Paul II National Shrine invites pilgrims of pasts World Youth Days to join in Word Youth Day UNITE. We want to invite WYD alumni to recall and celebrate all that has been learned and experienced at World Youth Day, the gift of St. John Paul II to the Church and to the world. There will be Live Music, Food Trucks, Film Screenings, Faith Talks, Adoration, and Mass.

The next World Youth Day UNITE will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Subsequent dates are as follows:

Weekend of July 21-July 23, 2017

Please see the Saint John Paul II World Youth Day Unite page for the schedule of events, speakers and more.

National WYDUSA Alumni Network

Register to be part of the National WYDUSA Alumni Network.World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other U.S. citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984. Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event-are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today! Find more information and resources on our NEW WYD Alumni Resources Page!

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Check out these links for more resources on WYDUSA.

  • The WYDUSA office has teamed up with FLYTES to create a unique item for US Pilgrims to bring to where ever they are celebrating World Youth Day. These Flytes are now a great commemorative item for World Youth Day 2016. Order yours at a special discounted price today! 

  • As part of an official collaboration between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops World Youth Day Office, the Catholic Apostolate Center is assisting World Youth Day pilgrims and leaders beyond their World Youth Day experience through blog posts, leader guides, and videos throughout the international festivities in Krakow. Check out wyd2016.us each Wednesday for new content from bishops, pilgrim leaders, pastoral ministers, and pilgrims. Whether traveling to Krakow, attending a stateside celebration in your diocese or participating as an active digital pilgrim, we invite you to utilize our free resources to enrich your journey! 

  • Check out our blogs! New posts focus on continuing to live your pilgrim experience beyond World Youth Day. Countdown to WYD Blog | WYD Wednesdays Blog 

  • How well do you know the official patrons of WYDUSA? Check out our patron page for more information. Also, check out more information on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to help you to continue to climb "to the heights".

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.

Lord Jesus,
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.

Holy Spirit,
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.
Micah 4:2


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  • WYDUSA Leader Guides: Beyond World Youth Day Resources

  • STATESIDE GUIDES: Use the Stateside Guides in English and Spanish or the Stateside Quick Guide to plan your own WYD Alumni event. Check out the Stateside Page, for ideas and events stateside.

  • 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 wyd@usccb.org.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day, including information about pilgrim preparation and hosting stateside events. Additionally, if you are hosting a stateside event, consider submitting information for your event to be featured on our stateside activities page.

Phone: (202) 541-3044 | E-mail: wyd@usccb.org

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Read more about World Youth Day 2016 in the WYDUSA Office's news release.

Relive WYD 2016 Krakow!

 Visit the Youth and Young Adult Ministries page for more information on Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.


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