World Youth Day 2023 • Lisbon

The Diocese of Nottingham will take a small delegation of 18-35 year olds to WYD 2022, Lisbon!

30 July - 7 August 2023
In-person
Lisbon, Portugal
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World Youth ‘Day’ is much than a day. For a whole week there is a programme of activities based around the city hosting WYD. These include talks, concerts, plays, exhibitions, workshops etc. – in fact it’s impossible to capture the diversity of activities without experiencing it! The week culminates in an all- night vigil and Mass with the Pope.

What is WYD?

In 1984 Pope John Paul II invited young people to a special gathering on Palm Sunday in Rome. Three hundred thousand young people attended this Youth Jubilee. In 1985 - the United Nations International Year of Youth - Pope John Paul II extended a second invitation to young people. This time 450,000 attended this second international youth gathering held on Palm Sunday in Rome.

These events in 1984 and 1985 inspired the Pope to create World Youth Day (WYD) to be celebrated at diocesan level every year (initially on Palm Sunday and more recently on the Feast of Christ the King) and on an international level every two to four years. It’s much more than a day – usually up to two weeks. This brings together young Catholics from around the world to celebrate their faith and learn more about it – it’s an encounter of the young people of the world with the Pope and the Christian community of the host country. Recently international World Youth Days have been held in Cologne, Sydney, Madrid, Rio, Poland and Panama, sometimes with more than a million people attending the final Mass.

Over 3 million attended the final Mass in Poland in 2016!

For general information check out the official World Youth Day 2023 website. It also features the official WYD 2023 song which is worth listening to and getting to know as you will hear it a lot if you come! lisboa2023.org

When is World Youth Day 2023?

World Youth ‘Day’ is much more than a day. For a whole week there is a programme of activities based around the city hosting WYD. These include talks, concerts, plays, exhibitions, workshops etc. – in fact it’s impossible to capture the diversity of activities without experiencing it! The week culminates in an all- night vigil and Mass with the Pope. A provisional itinerary is as follows:

Sunday 30th July

Gather at The Briars (Time TBC)

Monday 31st July

Travel by coach to Stansted Airport, flying into Lisbon

Tuesday 1st August

WYD Programme including Opening Mass

Wednesday 2nd August

WYD Programme

Thursday 3rd August

WYD Programme including Welcome of Pope Francis

Friday 4th August

WYD Programme including The Way of The Cross

Saturday 5th August

Overnight Vigil with Pope Francis

Sunday 6th August

Closing Mass with Pope Francis

Monday 7th August

Travel back to UK (Arrival time TBC)

Will you be aged between 18 and 35 on July 25th 2023?

If yes, have a look at the information pack (linked below) for more details and carefully read the Terms and Conditions before booking your place.

Key contacts

Rev Neil Peoples
Parish Priest and Vocations Director
Vocations
Joe Hopkins, BA, BDiv
Director of Adult Formation for Mission
Formation for Mission

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