July 29 – August 7, 2023
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Panama City, Panamá from January 22-27, 2019 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023
World Youth Day is a pilgrimage experience targeted to those aged 16 to 35. We especially encourage young adults in their 20s and early 30s to attend the international World Youth Day events.
Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons:
• Celebrating and putting trust in the youth
• Setting forth on a pilgrimage
• Encountering the Catholic community
World Youth Day (WYD) was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 for the youth all around the world. Its concept has been influenced by the Light-Life Movement that has existed in Poland since the 1960s.
The Youth Office in conjunction with Archbishop Joseph Naumann and the Vocations Office will be coordinating this Pilgrimage to Lisbon Portugal for 2024 for youth and seminarians.
$3450.00 per person. Once committed you will need to register and send a $300 deposit to secure your spot.
Day 1 – Saturday, July 29: Depart your USA for Lisbon.
Day 2 – Sunday, July 30: Arrival in Lisbon. Panoramic tour of the city before reaching our accommodation.
Day 3 – Monday, July 31: Head to Fatima. Stop at Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three (3) shepherd children. Pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother’s apparition sites. Proceed to Pope Francis’ Stadium “Fatima City” for our first event. Our Mass could be in “Fatima or Santarem.” After Nativity Pilgrimage’s first event, “Called to Be Saints,” we will participate in the Candlelight Procession at 9:30 PM before returning to Lisbon.
Day 4 (World Youth Day 1) – Tuesday, August 1 Official welcome and opening Mass celebrated by local bishops. • Morning: official opening of the event • Afternoon: opening ceremonies with Holy Mass • Evening: evening shows, music, prayers, and confessions
Day 5 (World Youth Day 2) – Wednesday, August 2 Catechetical sessions (by language groups) for teaching about the faith from various bishops until 5:00 PM. • Morning: catechesis sessions with the participating bishops • Afternoon and evening: Nativity Pilgrimage’s second event, “Go and Make Disciples of All Nations” (next page), music, prayer, and confessions
Day 6 (World Youth Day 3) – Thursday, August 3 Catechetical sessions and the Pope’s arrival to the city. He welcomes pilgrims during an afternoon prayer service. Additional evening activities available. • Morning: official opening of the event • Afternoon: arrival of the Holy Pope and initial prayers • Evening: evening shows, music, prayers, and confessions
Day 7 (World Youth Day 4) – Friday, August 4 • Morning: catechetical sessions (by language groups) for teaching about the faith from various bishops • Afternoon: cultural, musical, prayer, and reconciliation opportunities • Evening: Stations of the Cross with the Holy Father.
Day 8 (World Youth Day 5) – Saturday, August 5 • Morning: pilgrimage walk to the place of night watch • Afternoon: music, prayer, and confessions • Evening: night watch with the Holy Father
Day 9 (World Youth Day 6) – Sunday, August 6 Closing ceremonies including the concluding Mass celebrated by the Pope with the announcement of the location of the next WYD. Afternoon will be free.
Day 10 – Monday, August 7 Depart for home
Join the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas as we travel to Lisbon, Portugal in 2023 to attend World Youth Day.