World Youth Day Panama

We are excited to announce that the Diocese of Arlington will be offering a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019! We have already secured great lodging in downtown Panama City that will allow us offer an extended pilgrimage as well as a basic “long weekend” pilgrimage option. It is our hope that one or both of these options will be suitable for your parish and that you will be able to participate in this holy adventure! The experience of diocesan community on our pilgrimage is truly unique, and is enhanced by the opportunity for young people to be with diocesan priests, seminarians, and religious sisters. Our office takes care of all of the details so that each group is able to focus on preparing their participants and doing the necessary fundraising for the trip. 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.

This trip is open to anyone between the ages of 16-35.

Basic and Extended Pilgrimage 

There are two pilgrimage options; please prayerfully consider which will be best for your group. You may split between the two, but will need an adequate number of adult leaders per segment to do so.

BASIC PILGRIMAGE: January 24-28, 2019
5 days/4 nights. Estimated cost $2100.

EXTENDED Pilgrimage: January 20-28, 2019
9 days/8 nights. Estimated cost $2700.

Both packages include: roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, 3 star hotel accommodations, most meals, WYD registration fee, pilgrim backpack, and Diocese of Arlington WYD t-shirts. The extended package also includes additional time to explore Panama City and a visit to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for a day of retreat led by Steve Angrisano.


High school students (16 and older) must attend with a group from their parish or school. If you would like to participate, please call your parish Director of Youth Ministry to let them know you are interested.
Young Adult groups and college campus ministries are invited to participate in this pilgrimage. These groups will need someone to serve as stakeholder as well. The one exception is for young adults who would like to attend but their parish is not bringing a group; there will be a diocesan young adult stakeholder. Participants attending with young adult groups will not need to be OPCYP compliant and will not have significant contact with youth pilgrims. 

Stakeholder Meeting

Our World Youth Day 2019 preparations will kick off with the first Stakeholder Meeting on October 30th, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm. The meeting will be a live webinar, so you may attend from the comfort of your own home! Please e-mail to RSVP so that we can provide you with the link. This meeting is mandatory for all groups that want to participate in World Youth Day 2019. Your Stakeholder Covenant and $500 deposit per pilgrim are due on Friday, December 1.

Downloads (All PDF):
World Youth Day Flyer 
World Youth Day Letter
World Youth Day Preparation Schedule
World Youth Day Stakeholder Covenant