In the Gospels, we see that Jesus and his disciples repeatedly go on journies together. During these journies, as they were walking, resting by the side of the road, or late in the evening, Jesus would encourage his disciples, explain the scriptures to them, and invite them to go deeper in their understanding of the mysteries of faith.

As we prepare to go on pilgrimage with other young Catholics from around the world for World Youth Day, each one of us is being invited on a similar journey with Christ and to engage more deeply with what it means to be a Christian disciple today.

With Archbishop Peter, we are excited that so many young people from across Melbourne have decided to join us on pilgrimage. We look forward to taking this life-changing journey with you over the next few months. By deciding to join us, your pilgrimage has already begun. Over the next few months, we look forward to sharing some great resources to help prepare you for World Youth Day as well as providing opportunities for you to come together in person and online with your fellow pilgrims.

Some Important Dates for your Diaries

Monday 3 April - Final Payment Due Date

Unfortunately, the final payment date cannot be extended. Due to the large volume of people expected in Lisbon, payment to secure our places cannot be delayed.

Sunday 30 April - First Pilgrim Gathering

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Venue TBC)

This gathering will be our first opportunity to meet with Archbishop Peter and our pilgrim group. It will be a great chance to meet each other, hear from some inspiring speakers, and for us to pass on some important information about our pilgrimage.

WYD Pilgrimage Zoom Sessions

Pilgrims (and parents and guardians) will be required to attend an online session in which pilgrimage-specific information will be shared, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification about the different elements of your pilgrimage.

WYD Direct Monday 15 May, 7 pm (Online)

Italian Road Trip Tuesday 16 May, 7 pm (Online)

Footsteps of Jesus Wednesday 17 May, 7 pm (Online)

Emerging Leaders Thursday 18 May, 7 pm (Online)

Regional Small Group Gatherings

Our second in-person gathering will happen on a regional level, and this will be a chance for you to gather in your small groups, meet your leaders and chaplains and continue getting ready for the trip of a lifetime.

East Monday 5 June, 7 pm (Venue TBC)

West Tuesday 6 June, 7 pm (Venue TBC)

North Wednesday 7 June, 7 pm (Venue TBC)

South Thursday 8 June, 7 pm (Venue TBC)

World Youth Day Commissioning Mass

Our final gathering before setting off will be our WYD Commissioning Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. Please bring your family and friends, parishioners, and benefactors as together we are commissioned by Archbishop Peter as the official pilgrimage group from the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Sunday 16 July - St Patricks Cathedral

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Your official pilgrim pack, travel documentation, and other essential material will be distributed to each pilgrim on this day.