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WYDUSA Webinars and Videos


As we gear up for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the WYDUSA office at the USCCB will host several webinars presenting pilgrim group leaders with information about WYD. In the meantime, revisit our WYD 2016 webinars for Krakow. The webinars are listed in chronological order with the most recent webinar information towards the top of the page.

We will also be posting informative videos about World Youth Day and Panama on this page soon. Check out past ones in our Video Section!

I lift my eyes to the mountains; From where shall help come to me? My help will come from the Lord, my God, For He is merciful!- "Blessed Are the Merciful", official World Youth Day 2016 Song

Last Minute Updates and Questions, June 9, 2016

This last webinar of our series goes over updates and information that the WYDUSA office has received. Also, webinar participants have the chance to ask questions about World Youth Day in Krakow. Watch this Webinar | Download the PDF

The WYD Pilgrimage: At Home and Abroad, May 12, 2016 

This webinar looks at ways that WYD pilgrimage leaders and all pastoral leaders in the Church can make World Youth Day special for everyone this summer: from communications between Krakow pilgrims and their families to stateside and digital celebrations. The webinar is now available for viewing and the PDF used is available for download.

Safety, Security, and International Travel, Thursday, April 14, 2016

Safety and security measures at the international World Youth Day are major concerns for many pilgrimage leaders. Watch the recording of this webinar. Special guests on this webinar include representatives from the United States Consulate General and State Department in Krakow; the USCCB Child and Youth Protection Office, and World Youth Day veterans from around the country. Download the Safety and Security PDF.  Also, check out our Safety and Security page with the most up to date security information.

WYD Stateside Celebrations, March 17, 2016

On March 17, 2016, the WYDUSA Office hosted a webinar about Stateside Celebrations. Those who travel to celebrate the international World Youth Day in Krakow are only one segment of this universal pilgrimage. This webinar will help pastoral leaders in any ministry to connect to this jubilee celebration of the "young Church," in any place around the United States. Bishop Frank Caggiano, bishop of Bridgeport, CT, and episcopal liaison to World Youth Day,  Paul Jarzembowski, USCCB's World Youth Day USA coordinator, Jonathan Lewis of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Deb Waters of the Diocese of Harrisburg will share ways to develop a stateside pilgrimage for youth and young adults this summer.  This webinar is good for those in evangelization, faith formation, mission and service, and vocational awareness. 

If you would like to learn more about Stateside Celebrations, here are three things that you can do:

1. If you were not able to catch the webinar or if you did, but would like to see it again, it is now available for viewing.

2. Let us know the details of Stateside Celebrations in your area if you:
-Are hosting or considering hosting a gathering this summer.
-Know about stateside celebrations at local parishes, campuses, or Catholic institutions in your diocese or region; and send us details of the local contact person(s), if known.
-Check out our Stateside Celebrations Page for stateside celebrations near you.
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3. Use the USCCB Stateside WYDUSA Pilgrimage Leaders Guide (English PDF | Spanish PDF | English eBook | Spanish eBook) to guide your steps in planning or assisting or collaborating on a stateside event. If you would like to order a hard copy of this guide, please send an email to

WYD Update Part 2, February 11, 2016

On February 11, 2016, the WYDUSA Office hosted  the WYD Update Part 2 Webinar. This webinar featured information on the papal and central events at World Youth Day Krakow, as well as information about catechesis, reconciliation, the pilgrimage of mercy, days in the dioceses, and the city of Krakow itself. This webinar was conducted through the generosity and collaboration of the Catholic Apostolate Center and Ministry Training Source. Paul Jarzembowski, WYDUSA Coordinator, hosted this webinar. 

The WYD Update Part 2 was recorded and is now available for viewing. The WYD Update Part 2 powerpoint that Paul used in this webinar is also available for download.

WYD Update Part 1, January 14, 2016

On January 14, 2016, the WYDUSA office hosted the WYD Update Part 1 webinar. This webinar was hosted by Paul Jarzembowski, WYDUSA Coordinator, who provided information about WYD and answered various questions from the webinar participants. The WYD Update Part 1 webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing. The WYD Update Part 1 powerpoint used in this webinar is also available to download. Throughout the webinar, there were websites posted in the chat for further information on various topics. All those links have been compiled into a document that is now available for download.

Pope Francis loves watching our videos to be up to date on all things WYDUSA related!

WYDUSA Informational Videos

The WYDUSA Office at the USCCB has compiled several videos about World Youth Day, Poland, and Stateside Events. Continue to check back to this page for new videos! 

WYD-2016 Update and Media Conference

Bishop Frank Caggiano and USCCB staff provide updates and information on the U.S. delegation to Krakow, and answer reporters' questions on U.S. bishops and pilgrim groups planning to attend, U.S. pilgrim gatherings in Krakow and stateside events

Introductory Video to World Youth Day

Find out more about our video series and what the World Youth Day experience is with a reflection on the Transfiguration.

Embracing God's Mercy as a WYD Pilgrim

Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, introduces us to what it means to be a pilgrim of mercy at World Youth Day and beyond.

Leading a WYD Pilgrimage 

Paul Jarzembowski and Father Frank Donio S.A.C. talk about what it means to be a World Youth Day leader.

Being a World Youth Day Pilgrim 

Robert Feduccia , from Declan Weir Productions, shares his experiences on how to be a World Youth Day Pilgrim and how to bring that experience back home. 

WYD Blogs

Also, check out our WYDUSA blogs!
Our Countdown to WYD blog features reflections from bishops on their past WYD experiences as well as their thoughts and excitement for WYD Krakow.
The WYD Wednesday blog features reflections from WYD pilgrims who have attended WYDs in the past and look forward to Krakow.

Using the WYDUSA Pilgrim Journal 

The WYDUSA office is excited to announce the release of our Pilgrim Journal. The journal leads the reader through a two-year journey with the Blessed Mother and a number of saints and blesseds who walk with them to and from this important event in the life of the Church.

This journal has reflections for pilgrims for before, during, and after World Youth Day. Order them for your group!

Contact Us

For additional questions on upcoming webinars, past webinars, or on any other matters related to World Youth Day 2019, please contact Maura in the WYDUSA Office at the USCCB in Washington, DC, at, or by calling 202-541-3044.

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