World Youth Day 2023 - Lisbon, Portugal

We are excited to share that 130 youth, young adults, and adult leaders from the Diocese of Arlington will be participating in this pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023! 

At this time, all spaces for our pilgrimage have been filled. However, please contact our office if you would like to be placed on the waitlist to be notified if additional spaces become available. To do this, either e-mail Christine or call 703-841-2559. Note that you may only be placed on the waitlist if you are an individual young adult, as youth must attend as part of a group.  

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.

Pilgrimage Details

July 28-August 7, 2023
10 days/9 nights
Estimated cost: $4250

Our pilgrimage begins with a weekend in Fatima before we head to Lisbon for the week of World Youth Day activities.

Package includes: roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations in Fatima and Lisbon, most meals, WYD registration fee, pilgrim backpack, Diocese of Arlington WYD T-shirts and giveaways.


Youth must be 16 or older at the time of pilgrimage OR 14-15 years old at time of pilgrimage with a parent attending. All youth 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 Adults
age 19-35 are invited to participate either individually or as part of a group. No high school students (graduating 2023 or later) qualify as a young adult. If you are interested in participating individually as a young adult, please review this Young Adult Information Packet and e-mail Christine with any questions and to inquire about registering. 

Young Adult Groups
 and College Campus Ministries are invited to participate in this pilgrimage. These groups will need someone to serve as stakeholder. Participants attending with college campus ministries and young adult groups will not need to be OPCYP compliant and will not have significant contact with youth pilgrims. 

Downloads for group leaders (All PDF):

World Youth Day Preparation Schedule
Stakeholder Covenant
Individual Young Adult Covenant

Young Adult Information Packet

Brochure for Allianz Travel Insurance - Classic

Brochure for Allianz Travel Insurance - Classic w/ Cancel Anytime
Poster (printable, 11x17 pdf)
Poster (printable, 8.5x11 pdf)
Poster without cost indicated (printable, 11x17 pdf) 
Poster without cost indicated (printable, 8.5x11 pdf)