God is Inspiring
A Pilgrimage to World Youth Day with the University of San Diego
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Alec is a full-time University Minister at USD. He grew up in Chula Vista, CA and is a USD alum from the class of 2016. After spending a year in Nashville with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and three years in graduate school at Boston College, he returned back home to San Diego in 2020. Alec is also a Resident Minister, so he and his wife, Brenna, live on campus in the Alcala Vista apartments. He’s looking forward to journeying with the USD students who will go on the pilgrimage to World Youth Day!
Sean is a junior who is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Theology and Religious Studies at USD. He has lived in San Diego County all his life, first living in Carlsbad and then moving to Escondido with his family during elementary school. At USD, Sean is involved in University Ministry and helps lead a weekly faith-sharing group known as Ignite Catholic Community. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, running, practicing improv, and spending time with God in prayer. Sean is excited for the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage and accompany fellow students in Lisbon at World Youth Day 2023!
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Late Registration fee (after 12/16/2022)
Single room supplement (limited availability)
$749/person - SOLD OUT
Single room supplement (limited availability, for all singles arranged after 4/21)
Travel protection upgrades
See details below*
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms. Final pricing may adjust based on actual costs for WYD registration fees, and/or any significant changes in currency exchange rates.
All registrations submitted after 12/1/2022 will be subject to a late registration fee of $450/person. The late registration fee covers the increased cost of lodging.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.
*Travel protection upgrade prices are calculated based on the total trip cost. Click here to find more information about pricing and to purchase travel protection for WYD.
Rates assume a minimum of 15 full-paying pilgrims.
Arranging your own flights?
Designated arrival and departures times
There is no extension planned for this pilgrimage.
In order to secure your space, Verso Ministries requires a non-refundable deposit of $300 per person. All final balances are due by April 1, 2023. Here is your group’s payment plan:
Final package price is estimated. Prices are based on the exchange rate as of December 2021. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates, airline taxes and fees (as applicable), or WYD registration fees could affect the final pilgrimage pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees will be charged per person, per booking. Cancellation fees apply to individual pilgrims who cancel their booking or organizing groups if the original number of pilgrims is reduced and the group size is altered.
Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, WYD registration, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 180 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.
Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.
We accept credit/debit card and bank transfers. After you pay your initial deposit online using a credit or debit card, you are welcome to submit payments by check or credit/debit card (fees apply).
Credit card payments are also accepted with a 3.5% processing fee per transaction. To pay by credit card, please see your pilgrim portal where you are able to pay online via card under the “Payments” tab. You are able to view your current invoice there as well.
Verso Ministries will purchase post-departure benefits of the Student Deluxe Group Plan from Travel Insured International on behalf of all pilgrims (U.S. only).
Pilgrims have the option to upgrade their travel protection to plans that include Trip Cancellation, Cancel For Any Reason coverage, and other benefits. We highly recommend all our pilgrims to purchase CFAR coverage.
You will receive an email with your group’s specific Student Group Deluxe Plan link, which you can use to purchase a policy. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter the cost of your full trip cost and make your purchase prior to final trip payment on the Student Deluxe Plan in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver.
For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Support Desk at Travel Insured 844-440-8113.
You can purchase the Student Group Deluxe Policy benefits, minus time-sensitive benefits, until 48 hours prior to departure. If you want to take advantage of the time-sensitive benefits, such as Cancel For Any Reason coverage or to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver, you will need to purchase the plan prior to submitting final trip payment.
A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.
At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.
We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.