World Youth Day 2016

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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 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: 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




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.