Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate


World Youth Day Lisbon 2023

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Date(s) - 31/07/2023 - 09/08/2023
All Day



Join us for the next World Youth Day in Lisbon, 31 July – 9 August 2023


For ages 18-35 years.

How many?

25 spaces available.


€650/£650 (the cost has been subsided by the Oblate Community)

What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day 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, World Youth Day opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.

What happens?
Over the course of a week, young people from all over the world are welcomed by the local residents of the host country. In addition to the moments of prayer, sharing and leisure, the young people participate in various initiatives organized by the WYD team, in different locations across the host city. The highlights are the celebrations (central features) for which the Pope is present, such as the welcoming and opening ceremony, the Way of the Cross, the Vigil and, on the last day, the Closing Mass. Since 1986, World Youth Day has proven to be a place of birth for vocations to marriage and consecrated life, and an instrument for the evangelisation and transformation of the Church. It aims to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis is the leader of the Catholic Church. The word “Pope” means “Father” and the role of the Pope is to look after the Catholic Church around the world, like a father would his family. There have been 266 popes (with Pope Francis being the latest) over 2,000 years. The first pope was chosen by Jesus himself – Saint Peter. Pope Francis is from Argentina, and was born in the capital city, Buenos Aires. He is currently 86 years old and has been pope since 2013.

“May young people’s evangelization be active and missionary, for this is how they will recognize and witness the presence of the living Christ.” Pope Francis

Why attend World Youth Day 2023 with the Oblates?

People all over the world will be making the journey to Lisbon for this incredible experience of a truly universal Church. You will meet Catholics from every continent and discover that the Church is vibrant and full of life. This is your opportunity to see that “the Church is alive, the Church is young” – Pope Benedict.

This will be a great chance to meet people who have travelled from other parts of the world including Oblate parishes, encounter St. Eugene de Mazenod and prepare to celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis.

The Oblate Youth Service World Youth Day Itinerary

This will follow the official itinerary of World Day in Lisbon.


Padraig Corcoran

01 4531660 or 087 7723 255