World Youth Day

Lisbon 2023

Due to the pandemic, the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023.WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and His Church. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, through prayer and the sacraments, together with hundreds of thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions. Ready to experience World Youth Day for yourself? You can start planning your WYD pilgrimage today!

The patrons of World Youth Day 2023 have been announced, and are Catholic figures who in their youth took decisive steps on the path to holiness:
  • Santos Francisco and Jacinta Marto (Shepherds of Fatima)
  • Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart (Sister of the Good Shepherd and Messenger of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
  • Blessed Alexandrina de Balazar (Salesian Cooperator and Messenger of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

World Youth Day Themes Announced

According to the Vatican, the themes chosen by the pope for the World Youth Day celebrations were: For 2020: “Young man, I tell you, arise!” (Lk 7:14) For 2021: “Arise! I have appointed you as a witness of what you have seen.” (Acts 26:16) For 2022: “Mary arose and went with haste.” (Lk 1:39) More information about the themes is available here. Stay tuned for more information about our pilgrimage to Lisbon and diocesan celebrations.