The next international World Youth Day will be held January 22-27, 2019 in Panama!
Panama 2019 will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with the many young people from the peripheries in Latin America to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith.As we prepare for Panama 2019, keep in mind the Blessed Virgin Mary who is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming WYDs:
Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons: first, celebrating and putting trust in the young; second, making pilgrimage; and third, encountering the Catholic community.
World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) is an umbrella term for the United States' participation in World Youth Day, both abroad at the international events and stateside in the U.S., as well as to designate those who have participated on one of those WYD activities in the past (WYDUSA "alumni"). The idea for this holistic approach is to unify all pilgrims across the country under one banner, to connect those who celebrate overseas with those who celebrate stateside, and to connect today's World Youth Day pilgrims with those who have made pilgrimage to WYD at some point in the past thirty years.
While many nations of the world celebrate young people annually on Palm Sunday and the Feast of Christ the King, the United States has chosen to observe National Youth Sunday the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, which is typically in late October.
Share videos and pictures of past WYDs to #WYDCC2019 and #youthmincc as a way to prepare for the next WYD. A packet for World Youth Day 2019 will be available on May 1st, 2017. If you are 18 years or older and interested in participating as a pilgrim for 2019 World Youth Day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in a group list.
As part of World Youth Day, the Office of Youth Ministry would like to have any past World Youth Day pilgrim from the Diocese of Corpus Christi to share their experience with us by answering a few questions below or by printing out the questions here.