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Stateside WYD Celebrations

Sean Goug, 26, of England, prays at Sacred  Heart Church in Krakow, Poland, July 28. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

World Youth Day expands far beyond the physical gathering of the Holy Father that hosts millions of young people from across the world.  World Youth Day is a call to all Catholic youth and young adults to renew their faith in Christ and prepare themselves for the work of the new evangelization that lies ahead. By celebrating with a diocese, parish, a group of young adults, friends, family, or watching it online, this is possible whether they are able to make the trip to the host city or choose to celebrate it in their home diocese.  

"...this pilgrimage is meant for every young person and young adult, for all young people of faith, not simply those who have the privilege to travel to Krakow. So I stand before you today, my friends, as I invite every Catholic young person, every catholic young adult, every leader in our church to come together and embark with me on this great pilgrimage of faith and mercy."
-Bishop Frank Caggiano, WYDUSA Episcopal Liaison and Bishop of Bridgeport, WYDUSA Krakow Kickoff, July 7, 2015

All youth and young adults, not just those who have the means to travel to Panama, are invited to participate in World Youth Day, as called by His Holiness Pope Francis. The USCCB encourages dioceses, parishes, campuses, and movements across the United States to host local stateside World Youth Day gatherings for youth and/or young adults this January concurrent with the international WYD events. We'll share information about stateside events on this page, so check back often!

WYDUSA Stateside Celebrations

East Coast and Southeast

Panamá in the Capital: World Youth Day Celebration for Young Adults (18-39)

Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C

Panamá in the Capital is a one-day Catholic festival on January 26, 2019, celebrating World Youth Day 2019 in our nation's Capital with thousands of young adults! This event will feature nationally known speakers and musicians, opportunities for confession and adoration, Mass, cultural experiences, and fellowship with other young adults. 

Use #wydDC on social media to continue promoting this event!

Contact: Johnathan Lewis, Archdiocese of Washington,,

World Youth Day in Baltimore

Archdiocese of Baltimore
Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 10:00am - Saturday January 26, 2019
Various Events and Locations

Join parishes and young adults across the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in union with those in Panamá, for prayer and fellowship, all leading to the Panamá in the Capital festival in Washington, DC. Events include:

  • Opening Mass with Bishop Parker, January 22
  • Panama in Howard County, Wednesday January 23
  • Papal Welcome Live Stream and FaceTime with Delegation in Panama, Thursday January 24
  • Stations of the Cross, Friday, January 25

Contact: See the event flyer for more information.

World Youth Day in Metuchen

Diocese of Metuchen
Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Three Bridges, NJ

“Dear young people, World Youth Day is fast approaching. It will be held in Panama in January and the theme is Mary’s response to God’s call, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Her words are a brave and generous “yes”. It is the positive reply of one who understands the secret of vocation ‒ to go beyond oneself and place oneself at the service of others. Our lives only find meaning in service to God and to other people.” - Pope Francis inviting people to participate in the 34th World Youth Day from January 22-27

Answer yes to Pope Francis’s invitation! All 8th-12th grade students are invited to join us for World Youth Day in Metuchen on Saturday January 26, 2019.

The Diocese of Metuchen’s Office of Youth Ministry will be hosting a Stateside celebration of World Youth Day in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 105 Summer Rd. Three Bridges, NJ, on Saturday, January 26, 2018 from 3 PM – 9:00 PM. This will be an evening filled with fun, food, music, prayer, and reflection as our local Church celebrates our youth in union the Universal Church. All 8th-12th grade students are invited to come. #WYDUSA #WYDDOM

Contact: Office of Youth Ministry, or 732-243-4576

Panama in Stirling, NJ

Diocese of Paterson
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019 from 5:00pm - 8:30am
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Stirling, NJ

St. Vincent de Paul Youth Ministry will have a  Lock-in retreat including a mini youth festival with the theme of WYD 2019, Stations of the Cross, Catechetical sessions, prayer, Reconciliation opportunities, games, cultural food, music and live feed from Panama where Pope Francis will be joined by youth from all over the world.  The lock-in retreat is open for everyone who would like to experience WYD 2019 - Panama in Stirling, NJ.

Contact: Sr. Niky Burgos, C.S.J.B. at

World Youth Day in St. Augustine

Diocese of St. Augustine
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00pm
The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine FL

In celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry is coordinating a celebration in St. Augustine. The day will include a keynote presentation by Joel Stepanek, a concert featuring Epic the Band, Adoration, reconciliation and Mass celebrated by Father Richard Pagano. There will also be a live feed from Panama where Pope Francis will be joined by youth from around the world. 

More information can be found on the promotional flyer.  

Contact: For more details, email or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 189.


Diocesan WYD Youth Conference

Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend
Friday to Sunday, February 8-10, 2019
Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, IN

Retreat: Conference with Mass, adoration, confession, meeting with International pilgrims, catechesis, mentoring opportunities, small groups and much more.

Contact: John Pratt, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend,,

World Youth Day - KC

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Saturday January 26 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Sporting KC, Kansas City, KS

The official World Youth Day watch party of Kansas City! The evening will be include a live feed of the World Youth Day vigil (including Pope Francis' address to the young people), dinner, praise and worship Adoration, and dinner.

Contact: Find more information on Eventbrite.


WYD Houston & Vigilia Pastoral

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019 from 1:00pm - 6:00am
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston, TX

Join us for an afternoon of fellowship, music, speakers, and Mass. We will livestream Pope Francis's address from Panama in the evening and will hold a vigil all night long with adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. Pastoral vigil organized by Pastoral Juvenil. Event in English and Spanish.

Contact: Gabriela Karaszewski, Archdiocese Galveston-Houston,,

World Youth Day in San Angelo, Texas

Diocese of San Angelo
Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
McNease Convention Center, San Angelo, TX

This is a young adult event for those ages 18-35. The cost is $25.00 per person. Children under six come free. For those 7-12 the cost is $5.00. The day consist of catechesis by Bishop Michael Sis, workshops, exhibits, music, prayer experiences and a closing Liturgy. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Office of Evangelization and Catechesis: 325-651-7500 or

World Youth Day San Antonio

Archdiocese of San Antonio
Saturday January 26, 2019 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm
St. Pius X Catholic Church, San Antonio TX

World Youth Day San Antonio is a FREE event happening January 26 at St. Piux X Catholic Church. WYDSA is open to young adults (18–39 years old) and their families who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ. This archdiocesan event coincides with WYD Panama 2019 where Pope Francis will be meeting with the youth of world to deepen their faith and grow closer to Christ. Participants will be welcomed by a video message from Archbishop Gustavo, a live feed from Panama with Bishop Mike, food & live music, an uplifting keynote session from Fr. Daniel Villareal, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
More information can be found on the event website.

Contact: Juan Carlos Carreno, Archdiocese of San Antonio,

Light of Hope: An RGV World Youth Day Celebration

Diocese of Brownsville
Saturday February 2, 2019 from 8:00am - 6:00pm
Mission Event Center, Mission, TX

This is an all-day free event for youth and young adults ages 16 to 35. There will be breakout sessions in English and Spanish and several keynote speakers including Oscar Rivera, Jr. and Rafael Diaz! 


West Coast

World Youth Day in Seattle

Archdiocese of Seattle
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019
Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA

World Youth Day in Seattle is an event for all youth and young adults from high school to age thirty-nine. There will be separate breakout sessions for high school youth and young adults, as well as keynote presentations, a multicultural young adult band and choir, a Vocations Café, a livestream of Pope Francis’ homily from World Youth Day in Panama, and the presence of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg. Neighboring dioceses are welcome to send pilgrims to this local celebration of World Youth Day.

Contact: Daria Lobato,, or Megan Pepin,, for more information!

Diocese of Sacramento Stateside World Youth Day

Diocese of Sacramento
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019
Trinity Pines Catholic Center, Colfax, CA

World Youth Day in Sacramento is an overnight pilgrimage at the Trinity Pines Catholic Center for fellowship, prayer, food and a celebration through a live stream to Panama for World Youth Day. On Saturday at 1pm, there will be a livestream to the Panama celebration of the Vigil and dinner. On Sunday at 11 am, there will be breakfast. 

Register: and visit their WYD webpage:

Diocese of Stockton Stateside World Youth Day Celebration

Diocese of Stockton
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019
St. Mary's High School, Stockton, CA

The Family Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at the Cathedral of the Annunciation are hosting an overnight event at St. Mary’s High School that will culminate with a pilgrimage to the Cathedral accompanied with prayer and music. 

Contact: Register through their WYD webpage, or contact Liliana Bobadilla, Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of the Annunciation,

Diocese of Fresno Stateside WYD Vigil

Diocese of Fresno
Sunday, January 27, 2019
St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center, Three Rivers, CA

The Diocese of Fresno will host a stateside vigil in collaboration with their youth retreat center. Registration includes a t-shirt, materials, lunch, and dinner! 

Register: Online

Contact: Katrina D. Flores, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator,


World Youth Day in Hawaii

Diocese of Honolulu
Monday January 21 - Sunday January 27 (multiple events)
Various Locations

This is a young adult event for those ages 18 – 39. No charge. Find more information on the Diocese of Honolulu's website.

Contact: Lisa Gomes, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry,

Additional stateside celebrations in connection with WYD 2019 will be posted here soon!

Hosting your own Stateside World Youth Day experience? Let us know by contacting and include the relevant details, links, and any promotional materials.

Hosting a Stateside Event

As preparation for World Youth Day continues, it is highly important to remember our brothers and sisters who face restrictions due to financial, family, and other circumstances. The organizing bishop in Krakow (WYD 2016), Bishop Muskus noted this when he discussed Krakow preparations on the pre-anniversary of the final papal mass, "We're well aware how much deprivation, unemployment, and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won't feel left out." 

World Youth Day is open to members of the Church in many capacities, and it is pivotal to be as inclusive as possible when hosting a pilgrimage or stateside gathering.

Interested in hosting an event? Here's what you can do:

  1. Prayerfully consider coordinating (or finding a local Catholic leader to coordinate) a stateside WYD event in your area this January.
  2. Use the WYDUSA Stateside Leader's Manual developed by the USCCB, to guide your efforts. And check out other resources listed below!
  3. Let the USCCB's WYDUSA office know about any stateside gatherings in your area by emailing
  4. Plan and promote locally, inviting young people to experience the celebration of World Youth Day in January.

The WYDUSA office has prepared several resources to help you plan a Stateside celebration of WYD.

  • The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has developed a special manual to help pastoral leaders plan and execute a stateside World Youth Day gathering. The WYDUSA Stateside Pilgrim Leaders Guide is available in English (Spanish guide coming soon). The guidebook includes spiritual insights for leaders to consider and practical tools for planning stateside events and follow-up. The guide also includes templates that pastoral leaders can use to begin their planning efforts.
  • The WYDUSA office has also put on a webinar highlighting Stateside Celebrations. Watch WYD Pilgrim: At Home and Abroad now!
  • Celebrate WYD domestically by making a pilgrimage to one of the places listed on the Sites of Catholic Heritage.
  • Incorporate the Official WYD Prayer (English and Spanish versions are available) and WYDUSA Prayer into your prayer life.
  • Check out this Pilgrimage Prayer Guide for resources to make your pilgrimage as meaningful as possible.

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