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"...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!
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.
Text wydDC to 84576 to be the first to hear about speakers, musicians, and other event updates! Use #wydDC on social media to start promoting this event!
Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend
Friday to Sunday, February 8-10, 2019
Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne
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, email@example.com, www.fwsbym.com
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 all three bishops from the Archdiocese: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg. Neighboring dioceses are welcome to send pilgrims to this local celebration of World Youth Day.
Contact: Daria Lobato, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Megan Pepin, email@example.com, for more information!
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Saturday to Sunday, January 26-27, 2019 from 1:00pm - 6:00am
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
Contact: Gabriela Karaszewski, Archdiocese Galveston-Houston, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.archgh.org/Yacm
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 email@example.com and include the relevant details, links, and any promotional materials.
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:
The WYDUSA office has prepared several resources to help you plan a Stateside celebration of WYD.
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