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Join us for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal!

August 1-6, 2023


World Youth Day (WYD) is an international gathering of young adults (primarily between the ages of 18-39) from all over the world with the Pope. It is a pilgrimage, a celebration, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for young adults worldwide. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are. 

Since its first edition in Rome in 1986, World Youth Day has proven to be a laboratory of faith, a place of birth for vocations to marriage and consecrated life, and an instrument for the evangelization and transformation of the Church.  It aims to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a new stimulus to the faith, hope and charity of the entire host country community. With young people as its protagonists, World Youth Day also seeks to promote peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world. 

Bishop Larry Silva and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will coordinate a pilgrimage to Lisbon in 2023.  If you are interested in more information, fill out this form and we'll send you more information.  


Video featuring the Theme Song for 2023:

Dates Announced for World Youth Day 2023 (dated October 3, 2021)
World Youth Day postponed to 2023 (dated April 20, 2020)


 Read coverage of our Stateside Pilgrimage 2019 from the Hawaii Catholic Herald:

 Oahu events planned to coincide with World Youth Day events in Panama City
 World Youth Day Hawaii attendees energized at vigil



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.