God is Inspiring
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023, Portugal
Every three years, the Catholic youth of the world (ages 16-35) come together for one incredible week as one body, one faith, one voice.
World Youth Day 2023 will be held in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and largest city. Pilgrims will come to celebrate with one another, deepen their faith, hear from the Pope himself, and be inspired.
Discover it For Yourself
Join thousands of young people from around the world as they all come together to witness Christ and learn from his example of how to be bearers of the Gospel to the world.
On Saturday of World Youth Day, walk to the site of an evening prayer vigil and sleep under the stars. Once the morning arrives, attend Mass celebrated by the Pope.
In 1916, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Today, the Sanctuary of Fatima is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, and the Chapel of the Apparitions.
(Itinerary shown does not include flights to/from pilgrimage.)
A Special Pilgrimage
Journey to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. There you will explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, which contains the tombs of the three children who witnessed the Marian Apparition: Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. On the other side of the sanctuary stands the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, the fourth largest Catholic Church in the world. In the heart of the sanctuary, you will see the Chapel of the Apparitions that is built on the site where Our Lady appeared. Follow and pray the stations of the cross on the way to Aljustrel, where the houses of the Shepherd Children are located.
Kick Off WYD
Spend the morning touring Lisbon, with opportunities to explore the Church of St. Anthony, where St. Anthony de Padua was born. Right next to this Church stands the Lisbon Cathedral, its official name Santa Maria Maior, which has survived seven natural disasters. Journey to see the Jeronimos Monastery, a World Heritage Site, that is characterized by its elaborate structural details, reflective of the sea exploration that took place during that time period. The Opening Ceremonies for World Youth Day take place that evening, complete with a welcome mass hosted by a local bishop.
Learn, Grow, Pray
In the morning, participate in catechetical sessions with participating bishops from the area. The afternoon is full of opportunities for prayer and reconciliation, with an evening full of shows, music, and fellowship with all of the youth in attendance.
The Pope Arrives
Today, the Pope arrives! Participate in catechetical sessions in the morning, and attend a prayer service in the afternoon where the Pope will deliver his welcome address. The evening is full of opportunities for prayer, reflection, and reconciliation, as well as music and evening shows.
Catechetical sessions in the morning with participating bishops, with shows, music, prayer, and reconciliation opportunities in the afternoon. In the evening, participate in Stations of the Cross led by the Pope.
A Night to Remember
The day will begin with a walking pilgrimage to the vigil site, with different shows, music, and prayer opportunities in the afternoon. In the evening, attend an evening Vigil prayer service with the Pope. That night, sleep under the stars to prepare for the morning.
The Final Day
The morning begins the closing ceremonies; morning prayers are led by participating bishops, and Holy Mass is celebrated by the Pope. Once mass is over, the next host diocese for World Youth Day is announced. That evening, walk back to the hotel and attend a farewell dinner.
Once you register, we’ll help you prepare for the journey, logistically and spiritually. In the meantime: