World YOUTH Day





World Youth Day happens every two to three years in a different country of the world! Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Pope Francis has moved WYD from 2022 to 2023.
For WYD 2023, PORTUGAL has been chosen as the next country. St. Mark pilgrims will be joining  hundreds of thousands of youth and young adults from around the world. Preparations commence in TBD…please pray for us and the WYD preparation team!

1986 – Rome ;  1987 – Buenos Aires, Argentina ;
– Santiago de Compostela, Spain ;
1991 – Czestochowa, Poland;
1993 – Denver, USA ;
1995 – Manila, Philippines ;
1997 – Paris, France ;  2000 – Rome ;
2002 – Toronto, Canada ;

2005 – Cologne, Germany ;  2008 – Sydney, Australia ;
2011 – Madrid, Spain ;
2013 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ;
2016 – Krakow, Poland;
2019 – Panama ; 2023 – Lisbon, Portugal

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You must be at least 16 years of age WHEN BOARDING THE PLANE IN AUGUST 2023.
If you are 14 or 15 years of age, a parent MUST accompany you on this pilgrimage.

World Youth Day is truly a pilgrimage experience. Each day will focus upon prayer, catechesis and the sacraments, with the highlight of participating in Mass with Pope Francis at the end of the week.

St. Mark parish will be joining the DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE… the Diocesan Youth Office is offering a BASIC pilgrimage and a EXTENDED pilgrimage. See below…

TBD in 2021


ST. MARK Schedule of Payments and Meetings


Important paperwork for Pilgrims:

  • WYD (World Youth Day) Code of Conduct (Adult)
  • WYD Code of Conduct (Young Adult)
  • WYD Code of Conduct (Minor)
  • WYD Medical Release Form (Adult/Young Adult)
  • WYD Medical Release Form (Minor)
  • WYD Release Form
  • Insurance Waiver
  • St. Mark Permission Form


Diocesan Recap Video from World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
(over 200 youth & adults from the Diocese of Arlington attended)



Please contact Kevin Flores for more information:   703-938-5656


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