Open enrollment

World Youth Day
Lisbon 2023

JULY 30 - AUGUST 7, 2023

Small group? No group? No worries, we’ve got you covered.
Open Enrollment is available for individuals and groups of 14 or less to experience all that WYD has to offer. Open Enrollment pilgrims will be divided into two groups — young adults (ages 18-39) and youth and families. Contact us to learn more about joining the Open Enrollment group.

ages 18-35
16 years of age by July 30, 2023 traveling with a parent or guardian

Expert-Led, Spiritually Rich: Make the Most of Your WYD Experience

When it comes to World Youth Day, just getting there is not enough. The travel logistics, hotel selections, guides, and planning all make a huge difference in your WYD experience!

With past WYD experience, and as experts in Catholic pilgrimage, we know what it takes to make a trip truly exceptional. It’s why we travel to the host site multiple times in advance, select the best hotels that will put your group in the heart of the action, and offer dedicated guides for the trip.

Most of all, our entire mission is to minister to pilgrims like you. It’s why we call ourselves a ministry, not a pilgrimage company! We want to enable you and your group to grow closer to God through every experience. 

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A Comprehensive, Full-service

Rest easy knowing we’ve got everything taken care of. From the initial planning, to after you
return home, we’ve got you covered. 
Verso’s WYD Open Enrollment program includes:

The Best, Closest Hotels 

Always be close to the action by staying in centrally-located hotels that will have you rested and ready for each day’s full schedule. We have options for every budget.

Fundraising and Promotional Support

Get the most out of your efforts to gather your group and raise money with support, custom designs, and media kits from Verso.

Ground Transportation

Ground transportation, and handling of all travel logistics are completely taken care of by Verso. 

Day in Fatima

Our standard itinerary includes a full day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, including Mass. You can’t go all the way to Portugal and miss out on Fatima!

Dedicated WYD Guide

Make sure you don’t miss a second of everything that’s happening at WYD. A dedicated guide will ensure you’re always up to speed on what’s going on and the different opportunities for the group.

Most Meals

All breakfasts and most lunches and dinners are included with your package.

Your Guide Through Every Stage of the Journey

Helping you launch a successful pilgrimage long before WYD begins, and well after it ends is our specialty. Discover how we minister to your group throughout the entire journey: 


Marketing materials and support

Register and pay directly with us

Fundraising kits to help you afford this opportunity

Videos, blogs, and webinars to help you prepare both physically and spiritually


WYD packet pickup

Trained Verso Guides

Centrally-located hotels

Airport/hotel transfers

Most meals

24/7 on-site Verso staff support, including staff doctor and chaplain

USA swag to trade at WYD events


Materials to help unpack the experience

Shared media of the trip

Evaluation and review process

The Latest WYD News and Updates


JULY 30 - AUGUST 7, 2023

Experience World Youth Day to the fullest, including a day at Fatima

Day 1

Arrive in Portugal

Your journey begins with your  arrival in Portugal. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon, along with a Welcome Mass and Dinner.

*Please note: your flights should depart the US no later than July 29 in order to arrive in Portugal on July 30. 


Day 2

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima

Before WYD begins, visit one of the world’s most-visited pilgrimage destinations: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. 

Day 3

Lisbon, WYD Opening Mass

Spend the day touring Lisbon, then take part in the opening Mass for World Youth Day that evening. 

Day 4

WYD Activities, Shows, Music

Catechetical sessions with participating bishops are on the docket for the morning, with prayer and reconciliation during the afternoon. An exciting evening of shows, music, and fellowship follows. 

Day 5

Prayer Service, Welcome from the Pope

The Pope arrives on this day! He will deliver his welcome address that afternoon before another evening of music, shows, and special events. 

Day 6

WYD Activities, Stations of the Cross

A day of catechetical sessions, shows, music, and prayer is followed that evening by the opportunity to contemplate the Stations of the Cross with the Pope.

Day 7

Walking Pilgrimage, Prayer Vigil, Sleep Under the Stars

The day begins with a walking pilgrimage to the vigil site. That evening, attend a candlelit vigil service with the Pope and sleep under the stars (rain or shine!).

Days 8 & 9

Closing Mass with the Pope, Return Home

Celebrate the closing Mass with the Pope and learn who will be the next host diocese of World Youth Day. That evening is a farewell dinner for all Verso pilgrims before heading home the next morning.

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