World Youth Day 2016

World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 to Kraków, Poland from Diocese of Springfield in IL on Vimeo.


We are planning an eleven-day pilgrimage through Poland. Departure will be on Friday, July 22, 2016 from Chicago flying through to Warsaw. Over these few days we will visit Czestochowa, Auschwitz and Wadowice as we head to Kraków. Once the official WYD events begin, we will participate in prayer and catechesis at various venues. The Holy Father is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, July 28 with the closing Mass on Sunday, July 31. The group will return on Monday, August 1.

Diocesan Pilgrimage Information

Registration is final for the 2016 World Youth Day pilgrimage.  For registered pilgrims who need a copy of the health form, please go here: pdfMedical_History_and_Permission_Form.pdf





Tentative Schedule of general WYD Events (NOTE: not the same as the planned diocesan pilgrimage)

  • Tuesday, July 26 @ 6pm: World Youth Day Opening Mass
  • Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, July 29 @ 9am each morning: Morning Catechesis and Mass in different languages and locations around Krakow; (catechesis is given and mass is celebrated by cardinals and bishops from around the world)
  • Wednesday, July 27, through Friday, July 29: Youth Festival (concerts, talks, exhibits, and music at select locations around Krakow)
  • Thursday, July 28 @ 6pm: Papal Welcome Ceremony, location still TBD
  • Friday, July 29 @ 6pm: Way of the Cross {Via Crucis}, location still TBD
  • Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30pm: Evening Candlelight Vigil with Pope Francis, location still TBD
  • Sunday, July 31 @ 10am: Morning Papal Mass, followed by the Angelus, location still TBD


World Youth Day 2016 Krakow - Official Prayer

"God, merciful Father,

in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love

and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,

We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman".

We entrust to you in a special way

young people of every language, people and nation:

guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today

and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits

from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father,

grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.

Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,

hope to those who are discouraged,

love to those who feel indifferent,

forgiveness to those who have done wrong

and joy to those who are unhappy.

Allow the spark of merciful love

that you have enkindled within us

become a fire that can transform hearts

and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.

John Paul II, pray for us.