What is World Youth Day (WYD)?

World Youth Day is an annual event in the life of the Church celebrated at the local diocesan level; however, it is the international event that happens every two to three years that draws the young people from around the world together to meet with the Pope in order to profess their faith in Jesus Christ.  

The first World Youth Day was held in Rome, Italy in 1986. Subsequent international WYDs have been held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1987); Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1989); Czestochowa, Poland (1991); Denver, USA (1993); Manila, Philippines (1995); Paris, France (1997); Rome, Italy (2000); Toronto, Canada (2002); Cologne, Germany (2005); Sydney, Australia (2008); Madrid, Spain (2011), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013) and Krakow, Poland (2016).

Where and when will the next international World Youth Day take place?

The 34th World Youth Day will take place in Panama City, Panama from January 22-27, 2019.

What is the theme for the 34th World Youth Day?

“I am the servant of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

WYD 2019 Information Sessions

Come and learn more about World Youth Day at two upcoming information sessions.  Both sessions will cover topics from what to expect to how to plan a group.  If you are a young adult, ministry leader or anyone interested in going to World Youth Day in Panama, come and RSVP for one of the following sessions below via Facebook for planning purposes.  Otherwise, just show up and we’ll be glad to have you.

Session #1 – Sunday, September 24, 6-7pm at St. Matthew Parish, Surrey

Facebook event here.

Session #2 – Thursday, September 28, 7-8pm at St. Augustine Parish, Vancouver

Facebook event here.

World Youth Day 2019 Logo

World Youth Day 2019 Prayer

Who can attend?

Young adults between the ages of 18-35 years old are the main participants of WYD. It is an Archdiocesan policy that pilgrims be at least 18 years of age at the time of World Youth Day.

How much will it cost?

The cost will vary depending on what each group is planning.  Prepare to budget between $1000 – $2500.


I’m interested in going.  What now?

  • Learn more about World Youth Day through the official website, archdiocesan information sessions and from past participants.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Talk to family and friends about your interest in attending.
  • Contact your Pastor and express your desire to attend the next World Youth Day and see if a parish group can be formed.

Parish groups attending WYD 2019

To be announced.  If any parish groups have already been formed, please contact Gerard Garcia at the Archdiocese.

WYD Forms and Other Information

WYD 2019 Vancouver Info Package

Tour Design WYD 2019 – Preliminary Proposal


Participation Information Form (RCAV SAMPLE FORM)

Acknowledgement of Responsibility & Liability Waiver (RCAV SAMPLE FORM)

Poster and social media graphics



Facebook Cover

Additional Links:

Official World Youth Day 2019 Website

Follow us for the latest news and announcements on the @VanWYD accounts   

Who do I contact at the Archdiocese for more WYD info?

Contact Gerard Garcia at 604-683-0281 or ggarcia@rcav.org

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