World Youth Day

The next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022

During an audience with the delegates of the International Post-Synod Forum in Rome in June 2019, Pope Francis made a surprise announcement of the themes for the next three years of World Youth Days:

2020:    “Young man, I say to you arise!” (Lk 7:14, Christus Vivit, 20)

2021:    “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.” (Acts 26:16)

2022:    “Mary arose and went with haste.” (Lk 1:39)

“I hope that this time, too, will see a harmonious coordination between our journey towards the Lisbon World Youth Day and our post-synodal journey,” said Pope Francis. “Do not tune out the voice of God, who urges you to arise and follow the paths that he has prepared for you.” (Address, 22 June 2019)

A half-dozen U.S. Military members participated in World Youth Day 2019 in Panama with the support of their chapel communities and the AMS. Bishop Buckon led the military young adult group, comprising servicemen and women from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA, and the Marine Corps Bases at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Kinser on Okinawa, Japan.  The AMS group stayed with host families throughout the six-day pilgrimage. Ms. Casey Bustamante, Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry, said those arrangements gave the visitors a chance to experience the hospitality, love, and excitement of the Panamanian people.  Read the full news release.

  • View videos from WYD in Panama and past WYD gatherings too through Salt and Light TV World Youth Day Central,
  • Download the WYDUSA Leader Guides developed by the USCCB. There is a guidebook for leaders planning to participate in the international celebration of WYD, a guidebook for leaders organizing a stateside celebration in their local faith community, and a retreat manual to prepare spiritually for the celebrations of World Youth Day.
  • Have you made a pilgrimage to World Youth Day before? Register with the WYD Alumni Network and  encourage other young adults to make plans to participate in WYD 2022 – Lisbon, Portugal.