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   You are invited to participate in this life-changing celebration of faith!

                                                     January 22 - 27, 2019

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                                      ...extension to Mexico City (after World Youth Day in Panama) coming soon!


What is World Youth Day

World Youth Day is a global event where young people from around the world gather to celebrate and learn about their Catholic faith. World Youth Day is an opportunity for:

  • young people to attend catechesis to learn teachings of the faith and celebrate in festivities;
  • young people to share their faith, and rejuvenate their desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
  • the Church to proclaim the message of Christ and express its concern for young people;
  • young people to appreciate other cultures and spread peace and understanding throughout the world.

What is the Purpose of World Youth Day?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops shares that World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons:

1. Celebrating and Putting Trust in the Young: Youth and young adults are not only the future of the Church, but are active participants in the Catholic Church today. World Youth Day helps to prepare these young men and women to bring about Christ’s mission in the world and to equip them to be missionary disciples. World Youth Day brings together young people from the four corners of the earth, where the Holy Father is able to entrust the Church and its mission to younger generations. World Youth Day is not simply a celebratory gathering of disparate groups of youth and young adults, but a key time to call them forth on a great mission of faith.

2. Making Pilgrimage: Understanding that young people are on a journey, the act of going on pilgrimage is an essential component to the World Youth Day experience. From ancient times, people of faith have made great journeys – from Abraham and Moses to the Early Christians, who traveled “to the ends of the earth” (cf. Acts 1:8) to spread the Gospel. Through the centuries, pilgrims have made journeys to Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, Rome, and many other great sites to find God through the resting places of the saints. Youth and young adults today continue on that same trajectory – and through World Youth Day, seek God through the experience of a truly Universal Church, in solidarity with the Holy Father and millions of young people. World Youth Day, whether celebrated locally or internationally, is a pilgrimage reflecting the road that young people continue to travel throughout their whole lives.

3. Encountering the Catholic Community: In the Twenty-First Century, technology ensures that young people are always in contact with one another. World Youth Day goes beyond "being in contact" and gives youth and young adults a personal encounter with the international Catholic community they cannot get through their phones or computers – all in service to the ultimate encounter with God. Like the disciples on Mount Tabor, World Youth Day participants have a great opportunity to experience a transformative event – and to use that moment of grace to equip themselves for the great work that awaits them in the everyday valleys of life.

"Each time I have had the privilege of being present at the Vigil and Closing Mass of World Youth Day (Sydney, Madrid, Rio, and Krakow), when millions of young Catholics are gathered together at the same time, I think of the scene in the Book of Revelation (see Chapter 19) in which a great multitude stands before the throne of the Lamb, singing praises forever and ever. But the realization of this little bit of "heaven on earth" comes not just because of the vast numbers who are gathered or the enthusiasm of their praise. It comes from having witnessed smaller ways in which young people of every nation and language interact with each other at the catechesis sites, at the prayer services, at the concerts, and on the streets. For sure they are not dressed in the pure white garments of heaven, but they are definitely clothed in joy and love of the Lord Jesus." -- Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, Hawaii

Read Pope Francis' message for the 32nd World Youth Day here.

Note: World Youth Day is designed for young adults, ages 18+.  Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Contact the OYYAM for more information.

Symbols of World Youth Day

Theme & Logo for World Youth Day - Panama 2019


Official Theme Song of Panama 2019

Official Prayer for Panama 2019


Are you an alumni of World Youth Day?

Register to be part of National World Youth Day USA Alumni Network.

World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other US citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984. Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event - are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today.


Read about World Youth Day experiences from local pilgrims here.