Diocesan World Youth Day is an annual World Youth Day experience offering young men and women grades 9-12 a fun and faith-filled celebration of our Catholic faith. Parish groups and individual students alike are welcome to attend. In 2021, the event will be a single-day, outdoor event complete with music, food trucks, speakers, activities and games, and finally, Eucharistic exposition and Mass with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. The young Church will encounter the contagious enthusiasm of following Christ from faith-filled priests, seminarians, religious, youth, and youth leaders from our diocese.
2022 Diocesan World Youth Day
For youth grades 9-12
The diocesan WYD event has been cancelled in 2022 in order to save staff and financial resources for WYD 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.
2021 Ministry Team
Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R.
Thanks to Marian University for their financial support, making Fr. Agustino’s visit possible!
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades
Mass and Adoration
Sr. M. Ignatia Henneberry
Catechesis #2 “Stand up. You are His Witness”
Fr. Augustine Onuoha
Catechesis #1 “Stand up. He appoints you”
Diocesan WYD Headlining Sponsor
Bus Transportation to / from Fort Wayne
Bus transportation from the South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen regions will be provided. Contact the Office of Youth Ministry to schedule a pick-up / drop-off at your parish!
150 partial/full scholarships are available for youth from minority / rural communities thanks to a grant from the Mary Cross Tippmann Foundation. Contact John Pratt a [email protected] for more details.
Parish Group vs. Individual Attendee
The event runs best when youth attend with a parish group that brings adult leaders to mentor the young people from their parish delegation. If you are a student who would like to attend the 2021 Diocesan WYD from a parish that is not sending a delegation, please register and contact the Office of Youth Ministry at [email protected]