The next international World Youth Day: Lisbon, Portugal, 2023

WYD Portugal 2023 will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with the many young people to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith. 

As we prepare, keep in mind the Blessed Virgin Mary who is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming and most recent WYDs:

  • 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).
  • 35th World Youth Day, 2020: "Young man, I say to you, arise!" (Lk 7:14).
  • 36th World Youth Day, 2021: "Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen" (cf. Acts 26:16).
  • 37th World Youth Day, 2022: "Mary arose and went with haste" (Lk 1:39).

NOTE: Dioceses, parishes, and other communities are free to adapt the themes, within reason, to integrate their cultural context and local circumstances. As we approach WYD 2020, here are some adaptations of its theme (Lk 7:14): 

  1. “Young people, arise!"
  2. "Young men and women, I tell you, arise!”
  3. “Young people, I tell you, arise!”

The Catholic Apostolate Center 

The USCCB WYD Office (WYDUSA) is happy to collaborate with the Catholic Apostolate Center. . . on its efforts for World Youth Day 2016 and 2019. In particular, we thank them for their efforts with engagement of pilgrimage leaders, sharing of valuable resources and tools, making connections with stateside celebrations, assisting with technology and WYDUSA webinars, hosting the . . website, and collaborating with national follow-up efforts beyond the WYD experience. 

Watch "Beyond World Youth Day, What Now and What's Next"  Webinar, hosted by the Catholic Apostolate Center.