World Youth Day 2016: Are You Interested?

World Youth Day 2016

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses and every two to three years at an international gathering.

The Diocese of Wilmington has sent delegates to World Youth Day in Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997), Rome (2000), Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), and Madrid (2011). We did not participate in WYD in Rio in 2013. 

To gauge interest in WYD 2016, we have prepared a short survey. It is anticipated that a trip of this magnitude could cost up to $4,000 (inclusive of airfare, hotel, registration, etc.). To be honest, until we know how many people are participating, we will not be able to put a trip together. 

Since WYD will be held in Europe, the target audience will be young adults. Therefore, no one who is under the age of 16 on July 1, 2016 will be permitted to attend unless a parent accompanies them. No single delegates (traveling without a minor child) over the age of 39 on July 1, 2016 (with the exception of clergy, religious, or designated chaperones) will be permitted to attend. Why? Because this is a pilgrimage for young people, not a guided tour. 

You are encouraged to follow the links below to read more about World Youth Day and its rich history. 

To begin the survey, please click here. The survey will close December 1, 2014.

To Learn More

Official World Youth Day Site


World Youth Day (Wikipedia)

World Youth Day Themes

World Youth Day YouTube Channel

World Youth Day on Twitter

World Youth Day Spiritual Preparation

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