World Youth Day

World Youth Day | July 29 - August 7, 2023

You’re invited to World Youth Day!

Campus Ministry is proud to announce that Notre Dame is going to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal! Every three years, the Pope calls young Catholics from around the world to gather to encounter the Lord. Spend a week praying with the Holy Father, allow Our Lady to speak to you as we visit Fatima, and experience the universality of the Church in a whole new way! 

The Notre Dame pilgrimage to World Youth Day will take place from July 29 to August 7. The week includes time to explore Lisbon, a day trip to Fatima, and six days of conferences, prayer, liturgy, and fellowship with new friends from ND and around the world. You will encounter Christ, His Mother, the Pope, and the universal Church like never before! Please consider applying to join the ND delegation.

Notre Dame itinerary & package details

10 reasons to participate in WYD

Application Process

  1. Optional info meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge
  2. Applications due Friday, Oct. 28 at 11:59 p.m.
  3. Acceptance notice issued Tuesday, Nov. 1
    Only 26 spots available. All accepted applications receive $1000 toward the cost.
  4. Complete registration and 1st payment due Tuesday, Nov. 15

Cost & Payment Schedule

Estimated at $4,285 per person, including airfare.

$1,000 OFF provided by:

$3,285 = Cost to student; travel insurance included

Payment schedule

  • 1st payment due Nov. 15 ($995)
  • 2nd payment due Feb. 15 ($1,295)
  • 3rd/final payment due April 15 ($995 or remaining balance)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is World Youth Day?
  2. Why go to World Youth Day?
  3. How many people will represent Notre Dame?
  4. Can I fly from my summer location or do I need to come back to Notre Dame?
  5. What is included in the cost?
  6. Are there scholarships or loans available to help fund this pilgrimage?
  7. How will Notre Dame help me prepare?
  8. Will we also visit Fatima?
What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.  

It is celebrated at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday, and every two, three or four years as an international gathering in a city chosen by the Pope, with the presence of the Holy Father. It brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church.   

Since its first edition in Rome in 1986, World Youth Day has proven to be a laboratory of faith, a place of birth for vocations to marriage and consecrated life, and an instrument for the evangelization and transformation of the Church.  

It aims to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a new stimulus to the faith, hope and charity of the entire host country community. With young people as its protagonists, World Youth Day also seeks to promote peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world. 

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Why go to World Youth Day?

There are many reasons to attend WYD. A few include:

  • A moving and sanctifying pilgrimage in faith
  • An experience of the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the faith of our young people
  • Rediscover the centrality of the Word and Sacrament
  • Enable pilgrims to be witnesses to Christ
  • Pope Saint John Paul II created WYD to provide “an encounter with Jesus Christ, His Spirit and His Church.”
How many people will represent Notre Dame?

26 students and 4 staff members will represent Notre Dame at WYD.  All students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College are welcome to apply. 

Can I fly from my summer location or do I need to come back to Notre Dame?

You will not need to travel to/from Notre Dame in order to participate. Airfare is included in the package and your flight will be booked to and from your summer location.

What is included in the cost?

The package includes:

  • Spiritual and logistical preparation materials
  • WYD registration with pilgrim kit
  • Accommodations in double rooms
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Most meals through WYD voucher system
  • Pilgrimage director
  • Day pilgrimage to Fátima, including guide

Items not included:

  • Gratuities
  • Passport, Visas, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Any required Covid testing or vaccinations
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
Are there scholarships or loans available to help fund this pilgrimage?

No financial aid or student loans are available for this pilgrimage. However, all students that are accepted will receive $1,000 towards the total cost thanks to Campus Ministry, de Nicola Center for Ethics & Culture, McGrath Institute for Church Life, and Nanovic Institute for European Studies.


How will Notre Dame help me prepare?

Campus Ministry will host a series of gatherings to prepare for WYD. Dedicated Campus Ministry staff will be available to answer any questions and help you prepare both physically and spiritually for this pilgrimage experience. 

Will we also visit Fatima?

Yes, the WYD pilgrimage includes a day trip to Fátima to discover the story of the three children to whom Our Lady of Fátima appeared - Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco - beginning at their homes in Aljustrel. You will pray the Stations of the Cross as you continue to Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared to the children after their release from prison, then complete the day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima. You will also explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions (pending availability), and visit the Basilica of the Holy Trinity.




  • Kate Broadbent, Assistant Director of Spirituality, 574-631-9855