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World Youth Day

World Youth Day is celebrated annually in dioceses around the world and every two or three years at an international gathering with the Pope.

International World Youth Day 2022

The next international gathering for WYD will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022.


Youth Day in the United States

While many nations celebrate young people annually on Palm Sunday or the Feast of Christ the King, the United States has chosen to observe National Youth Sunday on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Upcoming Themes:

2019 World Youth Day - "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38)

2020 World Youth Day - "Young man, I say to you, arise!" (Lk 7:14).

2021 World Youth Day - "Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen" (cf. Acts 26:16).

2022 World Youth Day - "Mary arose and went with haste" (Lk 1:39).


History of WYD

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985 as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses and every two to three years at an international gathering.

St. John Paul once explained, "The World Youth Days mark important stages in the life of the Church, as she seeks to intensify her commitment to evangelization. . . By proposing every year for your meditation certain essential truths of the Gospel teaching, these Days are intended to give nourishment for your faith and new energies for your apostolate."



WYD 2019 Prayer

Merciful Father,
You call us to live our lives as a way of salvation. Help us to recall the past with gratitude, to embrace the present with courage and to build the future with hope.
Lord Jesus, our friend and brother, thank you for looking upon us with love. Let us listen to your voice as it resonates in the hearts of each one with the strength and light of the Holy Spirit.
Grant us the grace of being a Church that goes forth with vibrant faith and a youthful face to communicate the joy of the Gospel. May we help to build up the kind of society we long for, one where there is fairness and fellowship.
We pray for the Pope and the bishops; for young people; for all those who will take part in World Youth Day in Panama and for those who are preparing to welcome them.
Our Lady of Antigua, Patroness of Panama, help us to pray and live with generosity like yours: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Youth Evangelization Contacts

Doug Ulaszek
Associate Director

Merridith Frediani
Administrative Assistant


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