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Pope Francis prays during the benediction at a July 30 World Youth Day prayer vigil at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Whether you are traveling to Panama, attending a stateside celebration in your diocese, or participating as a digital pilgrim, we invite you to check out our various resources.

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World Youth Day 2019 Webinars

World Youth Day is meant for the whole world. In that spirit, all Catholic pastoral leaders working with youth, collegians, and young adults are invited to participate in a series of upcoming webinars on the forthcoming international celebration – regardless of your plans to go to Panamá or not. Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates and topics and check out the recordings of our past webinars.

Celebrating the Legacy of World Youth Day
Recorded: Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2pm ET

WYD Panama and Stateside 2019 Orientation
Recorded: 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

Webinars are hosted in collaboration with Catholic Apostolate Center and Ministry Training Source.

Leader Guidebooks

Leader guides are resources to assist bishops, group leaders, and pilgrims in their preparation for World Youth Day 2019 and include ideas for post-World Youth Day 2019 retreats and wrap up.

World Youth Day USA International Leader Guide: A guidebook for any pastoral leader coordinating a group of youth or young adults traveling to the international World Youth Day events in Panama, in January 2019.
PDF  E-book (developed by Catholic Apostolate Center)

World Youth Day USA Stateside Leader Guide: A guidebook for any pastoral leader coordinating a stateside celebration for youth or young adults in their local parish, diocese, campus, or apostolic movement in January 2019.
PDF  E-book (developed by Catholic Apostolate Center)

To purchase a hard copy of either guide, please contact the WYDUSA office at 202-541-3044 or The cost covers the printing and shipping of the guide.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, celebrates the opening Mass for World Youth Day July 26 at Blonia Park in Krakow. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)Official WYD Song "Here I am, Servant of the Lord"

The official Spanish version of the 2019 World Youth Day song "Hágase en Mí Según Tu Palabra" (May It Be Done to Me According to Your Word) is now available. This song was originally composed by Abdiel Jiménez and focuses on the 2019 WYD theme (Lk 1:38). Listen to the official English translation, "Here I am, Servant of the Lord,"  adapted by Fr. Rob Galea. View the international version of the WYD 2019 Theme Song, performed in the five official WYD languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French).

For WYD, the organizers strongly encourage all pilgrim groups to know "Here I am, Servant of the Lord." They have put together sheet music and audio files available for free download for pilgrims. The lyrics have been translated into multiple languages including English and Spanish.

Pilgrim Year of Preparation Resources

Find the following resources to help your spiritual journey toward World Youth Day:

ECUMENICAL GUIDE: Information and resources on how you can share your experience of WYD with other faiths

PRAYER: The official World Youth Day Prayer for the United States

LOCAL SITES: Information on sites of Catholic heritage in the USA

WYDUSA OFFICIAL PATRON SAINTS: Information on the WYDUSA official patron saints

RESOURCES: Spiritual Preparation for WYD

STATESIDE GUIDE: Who says you have to go to Panama to be a part of the WYD celebration? Use our Stateside Guide to help plan a WYD gathering in your area!     English PDF. Stateside guides in Spanish are coming soon!


The WYDUSA office at the USCCB has developed a logo to unite all USA pilgrims as they travel to Krakow or celebrate Stateside. We encourage groups to use our logo on their pilgrim gear as they prepare to celebrate WYD. 


The World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) logo is the property of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, developed for the purpose of bringing solidarity and unity to World Youth Day pilgrims from across the United States of America, including those who travel to the international gatherings and those who celebrate digitally and stateside, as well as WYDUSA "alumni," that is, those from the United States who have experienced an international or stateside World Youth Day gathering in the past.
1. Local parishes and dioceses can use the logo as-is, with the TM (trademark) designation.
2. Local parishes and dioceses can only use the logo for informational and promotional purposes, not product development.
3. No alterations may be done with the logo: the WYD/USA must be at the same level/proportion as the cross-and-flag design; the color and lettering must remain the same as it is in the original logo.
4. Other designs for local reasons may be used, but the WYDUSA logo™ must remain on its own in the same format received.

The WYDUSA logo packs a lot of meaning for US pilgrims. Check out meaning of the official WYDUSA Logo™

We encourage all US Pilgrim groups to wear our logo during their pilgrimage to a WYD celebration. You can buy pilgrim's swag that is officially license with the WYDUSA office from the WYDUSA Store. You can also download the WYDUSA Logo™ or email to request an image of the WYDUSA Logo™.

Additional Resources

World Youth Day Event and Packing Logistics 

Check out our logistics pages for the week-long event in Panama and for packing preparation. These pages will continually be updated as the event draws nearer.

WYD Stateside Celebrations

Unable to make it to Panama? Check out our Stateside Celebration page for a stateside celebration near you or use our Stateside Guide to plan your own celebration!

WYD Promotional Items

Collectible "Flytes" are available to order. This item was made in collaboration with Flytes company. Proceeds from sales go to USCCB's World Youth Day Fund. Additional promotional items for WYD will be available in the USCCB store.


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