WYD 2023

The next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2023, and all young adults (ages 18-39) are invited to join the archdiocesan pilgrimage! World Youth Day is an incredible opportunity to deepen your faith and immerse yourself in the true universality of the Church by interacting with young Catholics from all over the world. Register now and take a full year to make payments toward the trip.

Registration is now open! The Registration website is currently only available in English. If you need help translating into Spanish, please call our office (713-741-8778).

Click here to register for WYD 2023!

Our 2nd meeting for all pilgrims and potential pilgrims will be held online on Sept. 7th! This will be for anyone who is already registered or for anyone who still has questions and is considering registering with us. All previous meeting recordings are available at the bottom of this page.

We'll begin at 6:45 pm in English and 8:00 pm in Spanish. Please register for that meeting below.

Click here to register for the Sept. 7th Meeting.

For more information, contact the Office of Young Adult & Campus Ministry at 713-741-8778 or yacm@archgh.org

What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is an event that was initiated by St. John Paul II in 1985 and is meant to gather Catholic young people from around the world for several days of prayer, catechesis, and community. The event typically occurs once every 3 years, and the location moves each time so that pilgrims can visit new parts of the world. The pope always attends along with many bishops, priests, and religious from around the world. World Youth Day typically attracts anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million young people from all over the globe. It is a true experience of the universal Church.

What happens at World Youth Day?

There are several key activities that happen within the World Youth Day event.

  • Morning Catechesis Sessions: In the mornings during World Youth Day, gather with young people who speak your language for catechesis sessions led by bishops, priests, and popular Catholic speakers. These sessions include music, testimonials, Mass, and other devotions.
  • Free Time to Explore: World Youth Day moves locations with every offering as a chance for young Catholics to immerse themselves in a culture that is not their own. An important part of the WYD trip includes free time to explore the local city and learn more about the host country.
  • Way of the Cross with Pope Francis: During every World Youth Day, the pope leads WYD pilgrims in a meditation on the Stations of the Cross. This meditation usually includes a reenactment that reflects the culture of the host country. The cross used in this meditation is an icon of World Youth Day. 
  • Walking Pilgrimage: On Saturday of WYD, participants embark on a true pilgrimage by walking anywhere from 7-15 miles to arrive at the site for the Overnight Vigil. The hike is a moment of physical exertion that unites the modern-day pilgrims with pilgrims of Jesus day who would walk to Jerusalem for various feasts, especially the Passover. 
  • Overnight Vigil: With all 500,000 to 2 million pilgrims in one place, the overnight vigil is a true experience. Pilgrims from all over the world first meet for a moment of prayer with Eucharistic adoration, led by Pope Francis, followed by a night under the stars. 
  • Closing Mass with Pope Francis: On Sunday morning, join Pope Francis and your fellow pilgrims for the closing Mass of World Youth Day. This is celebrated on the same field from the overnight vigil. 

World Youth Day is a moment of encounter with the universal Church. It is truly a blessed experience that every young person should embark upon! Please join us!

When is WYD 2023?

WYD: August 1-6, 2023

Extended Trip (Madrid, Avila, and Toledo)*: July 26-August 7, 2023

*The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is planning on also offering an extended trip that will include visiting Madrid, Avila, and Toledo. This extended trip will run from July 26-August 7, 2023.

Where is WYD 2023?

Lisbon, Portugal

The World Youth Day trip will also include a visit to Fatima, Portugal, where the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred.

What is the World Youth Day Theme?

"Mary arose and went with haste."
-Luke 1:39

Next Steps

Registration is now open! The Registration website is currently only available in English. If you need help translating into Spanish, please call our office (713-741-8778)!

Click here to register for WYD 2023!

How to Register for WYD 2023

There are two options of trips hosted by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

  • Extended Trip (14 days): July 26-August 7, 2023: $3,494 (land package) – includes days in Madrid, Toledo, Avila, and Fatima before WYD begins
  • Basic Trip (10 days): July 30-August 7, 2023: $2,575 (land package) – includes a trip to Fatima before WYD begins

This cost includes all lodging, most meals, WYD registration fees, and ground transportation on day trips (Madrid, Toledo, Avila, and Fatima). All pilgrims will be responsible for purchasing their own air flight transportation. All pilgrims will also be encouraged to purchase a travel protection policy.

Full itinerary details are available online at https://VersoMinistries.com/ArchGH. More details on these items will be given at the next WYD meeting.

To register, you will need to submit a deposit of $300. The remaining amount due will be collected at 7 points throughout the year. Register early to stay on schedule and keep payments smaller! All payments are due in full by April 2023.

WYD 2023 Preparation Meetings

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will host 4 preparation meetings leading up to the World Youth Day Pilgrimage in August of 2023. Please save the date and plan to join us:           





Thursday, May 19, 2022

Online (Recording here)


Wednesday, September 7, 2022



Monday, January 16, 2023

In-Person at St. Dominic Chancery


Saturday, May 6, 2023

In-Person (Location TBD)*


These meetings will be used to share information and details about the trip and ensure that all pilgrims are well prepared with flights, passports and visas, packing lists, etc. These meetings will also be a chance for pilgrims to begin to meet each other and build community.

*The final meeting will be held in person on a Saturday. It will include a pilgrimage here in Houston which will include walking, community, prayer, and visiting a holy site. More details coming.

WYD 2023 Meeting Recordings

March 8th: WYD Sneak Peek meeting
Power point slides available here.

May 19th: Meeting #1
WYD Info Packet

For more information, contact the Office of Young Adult & Campus Ministry at 713-741-8778 or yacm@archgh.org