Update on Panama 2019
The dates of the next international World Youth Day, to be held in Panama, have been announced: January 22-27, 2019. Pope Francis set these dates at the request of the Panamanian Bishops Conference, who realized that weather conditions would make a WYD in July or August very difficult.
Unfortunately, while this is advantageous for young people in the Southern Hemisphere, these dates conflict with the academic schedules of young people in our area. That week is typically the NYS Regents exams for high school students, and college students have just returned for a new semester.
That time of year is also an already busy time for the diocesan office as we prepare for the annual Diocesan Youth Convention, and for many parishes who participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC.
For all of these reasons, Bishop Malone and our staff have decided that the diocese will not sponsor a pilgrimage to the next international World Youth Day. We are deeply disappointed to miss out on this experience, but we hope to still find ways to connect with the international experience here in Buffalo. Any parishes, colleges or high schools that wish to sponsor your own pilgrimage are welcome to do so, and we can help to connect you with good options for pilgrimage plans. Please contact Kathy Goller for more information.
World Youth Day Themes Announced
Pope Francis has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day Celebrations:
32nd World Youth Day, 2017: "The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name" (Lk 1:49)
33rd World Youth Day, 2018: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God" (Lk 1:30)
34th World Youth Day, 2019: "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38)
Visit the preliminary site for WYD 2019 Panama!
More information about the themes is available here. Stay tuned for more information about