NZ Pilgrimage to WYD 2019

January 2019, Panama City, Panama
The world’s largest gathering of young people, for five days of unmissable experiences including a vigil camp-out with Pope Francis.

The 34th World Youth Day

Beginning in 1985 under the papacy of St John Paul II, World Youth Day normally takes place each year on Palm Sunday. Every few years a major WYD event takes place and is hosted by a different country. Previous events have been held in the USA, Brazil, the Philippines, and Australia. The theme for this World Youth Day celebration is:

"I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Luke 1:38


An unforgettable experience

World Youth Day is characterized by the joy that young people bring for being together. The time spent at WYD isn’t just an exciting holiday though – it’s a pilgrimage of faith. The journey of WYD is one where every young person is invited to go beyond themselves, outside of what’s normal and comfortable, so that they can encounter Jesus Christ in new places, people and experiences.


Important Pilgrimage Information

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have agreed that a national pilgrimage to WYD2019 be established and planned. The information here is the initial info we have available; more will be made available when we receive confirmation from our travel partners.

Click here for an overview of the pilgrimage and to download an information sheet, or view the specific information you’re looking for at the links below.

Cost Estimates

The current estimate is $8000 for the pilgrimage. Final details will be confirmed this week, with deposits due immediately.

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Safe Travel Advisory

Panama is regarded as having ‘some risk’ due to criminal activity, potential for civil unrest, Zika virus and other infections. We’re encouraged to register details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Indicative Timeline

Timeline of registrations, deposits, bookings and other details of the pilgrimage. This timeline is subject to change once we have more details confirmed by our travel partners.

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Rochelle Dias


Isabella McCafferty


Jil Yong

Palmerston North

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Dear young people, God is watching over you and calling you… Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history.

Pope Francis, 2017 Lenten Message in Anticipation of WYD 2019