World Youth Day

Lisbon, Portugal, July 28 – August 7, 2023
“Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39).

Register by Oct. 1, 2022.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is organizing a pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day in 2023. Join Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on this epic journey to pray with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and a couple million of our brothers and sisters in Christ!

WYD 2023 Lisbon


When is the registration deadline?
We will be accepting WYD pilgrim registrations through Oct. 1, 2022.

Is there funding available to help me attend?
Yes! Many parishes are open to organizing fundraisers, but additionally, there are diocesan scholarships available for youth and young adult pilgrims from our diocese. Download the pilgrimage scholarship form on this webpage and submit it by August 15, 2022 to receive scholarship funding!

I applied for the scholarship, when will I hear how much money I have been granted?
Scholarship applicants will be notified on Sept. 1, 2022 of the amount of funding they have been awarded. Pilgrims who receive this funding will need to register and pay a deposit by Oct. 1, 2022 in order to “claim” this scholarship funding.

Who can attend the pilgrimage to Portugal?
Youth and young adults age 16-35 (as of July 28, 2023). Leading and accompanying our youth and young adults will be Bishop Rhoades, priests, seminarians, youth ministry leaders, diocesan staff as well as dedicated chaperones for our high school youth.

Pilgrimage Preparation:
Leading up to the pilgrimage, the diocese will have many community-building and faith-formation opportunities for participants as we prepare to be united with millions of our brothers and sisters in Christ. These will be announced as they are planned.

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What will this cost?

Base Cost: $4,525

The base cost per pilgrim is $4,525. This fee includes estimated costs for flights, WYD 2023 registration, hotels, and most meals as well as support from our travel partner, Verso Ministries. Knowing that this considerable investment will require great sacrifice, we encourage interested persons to begin prayerfully fundraising now. We also know that this will certainly be an experience that will impact participants and bear great fruit for years to come. What is not included in the base price is travel insurance, drinks, certain tips, baggage fees, personal purchases, etc. Find a full list of what is covered in your package on the registration page.

Significant Diocesan Scholarships will be available for youth and young adult pilgrims. Scholarship application window is June 1 – August 15, 2022. Scholarship applicants will learn on Sept. 1, 2022 how much funding they have received. Registration deadline is Oct. 1, 2022.

Fundraising Tips for Pilgrims

The price of the WYD pilgrimage is often one of the biggest hurdles for interested youth and young adults to overcome. The cost can appear out of reach. However, remember that you are not alone in this effort – involve the community around you and trust in the Lord. The fundraising process itself can actually be spiritually enriching, as you see how God provides to make the pilgrimage possible for you.

The earlier you begin fundraising efforts, the better. A longer time span allows more time to accumulate the necessary funds. Below are several means of raising funds. Do not rely on only one means of funding – all of these can be carried out at the same time. Develop a budget for how much you reasonably expect to raise through each means, and then start working toward that goal!

Personal Sacrifice

How much can you save up between now and the final payment due date? What expenditures might you be able to give up in order to direct that money to WYD instead? Some suggestions:

  • Forego replacing older electronics or clothes for another year
  • Downgrade or cancel your video streaming subscription(s) for a period of time
  • Switch to making your daily coffee at home rather than purchasing it
  • Limit personal purchases

What might be difficult but possible for you to sacrifice?

Even small sacrifices can accumulate to a significant amount over a long period of time. The spiritual benefits of personal sacrifice can really add up too, similar to what we experience during Lent.

Diocesan Support

As in past WYD pilgrimages, the diocese will have some scholarships available to pilgrims. Pilgrims can apply for scholarships from between June 1 and August 15, 2022. Pilgrims will hear back if they have received diocesan funding by Sept. 1, 2022. The scholarship application form is available at the top of the page. The scholarship application is for youth and young adult pilgrims ONLY. Registration deadline for WYD is Oct. 1, 2022.

Priests, seminarians, and transitional deacons will receive a 50% scholarship ($2,265) automatically.

Schools and parishes gain financial support for chaperones for every (5) high school students they register from their parish or school group. For every (5) high school students in a parish or school pilgrimage group, a chaperone accompanying those young people will receive $2,265 (50%) toward their registration.

Parish Support

Find out who else at your parish has interest in going to WYD, especially if your parish has an active youth or young adult ministry. Work together and approach your pastor for permission and guidance to organize a parish-wide fundraiser.

Contact your parish youth minister to find out if the youth group is organizing any fundraising events that you might be able to assist with in return for a share of the proceeds. Youth groups often need adults to help supervise activities.

If neither of the above is possible at your parish, ask whether the parish can commit to help you financially in some other way.

For all of these options, you might solicit prayer intentions from the parish to bring with you, share the experience with the parish via a blog or social media during the pilgrimage, and/or create a slideshow presentation upon your return to show the parish what happened and the fruits of the pilgrimage in your life.

Community Organizations

Approach community organizations, such as your local Knights of Columbus council, to inquire about funding potential. This can be done individually or as a group of young adults. In return, you might offer to help with community events that they organize, as well as solicit prayer intentions and share the experience through a blog or slideshow.

World Youth Day Resources in Spanish

La JMJ es un encuentro con Dios a través de la Iglesia Universal. La Jornada Mundial de la Juventud será en Lisboa, Portugal, 28 de julio – 7 de agosto de 2023 y la Diócesis de Fort Wayne-South Bend está organizando una peregrinación a Lisboa para la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en 2023. ¡Únase al Obispo Kevin C. Rhoades en este viaje épico para orar con nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, ¡y un par de millones de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo!

Contact us

Our World Youth Day pilgrimage is organized by diocesan Pastoral Care in partnership with Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry