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 Mary arose and went with haste. (Luke 1:39)

The Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults is coordinating a pilgrimage to Lisbon for the next World Youth Day, held in the summer of 2023.

Age: The minimum age for pilgrims is 16. Young adults are especially invited (while in the U.S. “youth” is often associated with adolescents, it is more commonly used to identify college/20-somethings internationally). Youth under 18 must be under the guidance of a chaperone. Target age for WYD internationally: 18-35.

Estimated cost: An itinerary is being created. Unfortunately, without the dates of WYD, we are unable to have a true cost estimate. Plan for the cost per person to be around $4,000-4,500.  This will include air travel, hotel, transportation, most meals, and all WYD credentials.

WYD Dates: Summer 2023. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, WYD will take place in August of 2023. 

USCCB WYD Website:

World Youth Day Update: NEW DATE

April 20th, 2020|

April 20, 2020 Hello Dear Friends! Pope Francis just announced today that the date of World Youth Day Lisbon will be rescheduled to August 2023. From the Vatican: "Due to the current health situation and [...]

World Youth Day Lisbon: December 2019 Update

December 20th, 2019|

Hello Dear Friends and Potential Pilgrims! I wanted to give you a very brief update on where we are planning wise when it comes to World Youth Day. I'm sorry I haven't been able to [...]

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“World Youth Day has helped me see strangers through the eyes of love. I have encountered so many people, and with each one, God reminds me that He is deeply in love with each of us. It’s humbling for me to see that I am so loved by the One who loves so many.”

Magdalena Barajas, Diocese of Gary WYD 2016 pilgrim

“Life is unpredictable. You can plan, but at times those plans are not what God has in store for you. Strengthening your trust and faith in God is what I have taken away from this pilgrimage, and will continue to do.”

Mary Anne Milkowski, Diocese of Gary WYD 2016 pilgrim

“Pilgrimages…and a multitude of other experiences make Catholicism a beautiful and wild patchwork quilt of encounters with the power of the Divine Presence, mysteriously embedded in the complexity of the human experience. Young people are unfailingly transformed through their participation in World Youth Days because they fundamentally grasp this truth on a very deep level. Many married couples, singles, priests and religious discovered their vocations because of WYD!”

Bishop Donald J. Hying, 3-time WYD pilgrim

“There was a real transformation that took place in both our teens and adults.”

Deacon Bob Marben, Diaconal Assistant to Office for Youth & Young Adults and WYD 2016 pilgrim