What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is an international celebration of faith. Pope John Paul II established World Youth Day (WYD) in 1986. The first WYD was held on Palm Sunday in Rome and is celebrated on Palm Sunday every year in local dioceses. Every two to three years, WYD is taken to an international host city for a week-long series of events attended by the Pope and millions of young people from all over the world.

When and where will the next World Youth Day be held?

The next international WYD will be held in Panama from 22 January – 29 January 2019. Most itineraries however include a visit to other holy sites on the way and a retreat on the way home. The Melbourne pilgrimage will leave on Tuesday 15 January and arrive back on Friday 1 February 2019



Why should I attend World Youth Day?

WYD offers something for everyone – from silent prayer to daily Mass, huge concerts to inspiring cultural events. At WYD, you will discover that you are not alone in your faith journey.  While the week is lots of fun, it is definitely a pilgrimage and not a holiday. On a WYD pilgrimage you can expect to live simply, form new friendships, gain new perspectives on Christian life, and experience deep encounters of faith. 



How can I go to the next World Youth Day in Panama?


The Archdiocese of Melbourne invites young people aged 18-35 to join us on our way to WYD in Panama however places are limited and subsidised so an application is necessary. To see more about how to apply, visit HERE



What if I am under 18?


The 2019 Melbourne pilgrimage is open to pilgrims aged 18-35. If you are aged under 18, we encourage you to join our WYD@Home celebrations. To find out more see HERE 


What if I want to go to World Youth Day by myself?

Going to WYD is more than just being present in the host city at the time of the event - it is about going on a pilgrimage! To get the most out of WYD it is recommended that you join an organised pilgrimage group. This will help you grow in your faith and form relationships with others in a community which can continue to support you when you return home.



Who can I contact for more information?

For questions about the Victorian pilgrimage to World Youth Day contact us at 03 9287 5565 or email wyd2019@cam.org.au.

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