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 now OPEN for the 2016 World Youth Day pilgrimage!!! The minimum age for participating in the diocesan pilgrimage is 16 on July 22, 2016. Adult chaperones age 25 and older are needed as well. Passports must be valid through February 5, 2017. For information about passports, go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html. If help is needed finding non-English translations of this website, please contact Kyle on the Staff Directory page.
To apply for a seat on the diocesan pilgrimage, please submit the application below along with type-written responses to the questions at the bottom of the application. All applications and support material MUST BE RECEIVED by close of business on Thursday, December 11 for the committee to review. Space is limited so it is important that everyone who wishes to participate submits an application in a timely manner. All applicants will be notified the following week if their application for the pilgrimage has been accepted.
Once your application is accepted, your deposit of $500 is due. A payment plan has been worked out with our tour provider and all participants must commit to the schedulre of payments below. Online payments can be made here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=13a2af. Be sure to indicate "World Youth Day" in the activities menu along with the name of the person to whom this online payment applies.
- $500 Deposit due January 1, 2015
- $1,200 2nd Payment due June 15, 2015
- $1,200 3rd Payment due December 15, 2015
- Balance of Registration Fee due March 1, 2016
SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE BUT VERY LIMITED!!! Total cost is $4,198.00 pending any adjustments due to travel cost. Deposit of $500 is due immediately. Payments are due June 15, 2015, December 15, 2015 and March 1, 2016. Registration includes round trip travel from Chicago, land transportation throughout the event, guides at appropriate times, hotel lodging in Warsaw and Kraków, some meals and the WYD registration fee.
Tentative Schedule of general WYD Events (NOTE: not the same as the planned diocesan pilgrimage)
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.
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.