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World Youth Day

World Youth Day 2019
will be in Panama

January 22-27, 2019

Watch the WYD Panana video

World Youth Day in 2017
This year World Youth Day is on 8/9 April - a time to celebrate and pray with and for youth and young adults in your parish and community.   In both 2017 and 2018 WYD is celebrated locally.  In 2019 WYD will be celebrated internationally with young adult pilgrims journeying to central America to WYD Panama (January).   Local WYDs are on Palm Sunday each year.  The Pope has chosen Mary’s journey as a focus for all three WYD years.  This year the theme is: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:49).  Join with people from all round the world on Palm Sunday to pray with and for young people.



World Youth Day 2016 - Krakow 

was held from 26th to 31st July 2016
for 18-35 year olds

Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive Mercy
Matthew 5:7

World Youth Day:

20 pilgrims from the Ballarat Diocese participated in the Victorian WYD Pilgrimage to Krakow where 2 million young Catholics from around the world joined Pope Francis in exploring and celebrating Catholic faith.

Our pilgrims are from Mildura, Horsham, Portland, Casterton, Warrnambool, Timboon and many of the parishes in the Ballarat city area.  Pilgrims included a number of young teachers from St Joseph’s Primary and Emmanuel College in Warrnambool, and Lumen Christi, St Francis Xavier, St Thomas More and St Patrick’s Primary in Ballarat.

The Victorian Pilgrims travelled on four different journeys, all arriving in Krakow for the World Youth Day celebrations 25-31 July. The four pilgrimages were: Krakow Connect, Poland Encounter, Footsteps of St Paul and John Paul ll Trail. 


Pope's Message for World Youth Day 2016


A World Youth Day pilgrimage is a wonderful experience for youth and young adults and an amazing opportunity to deepen faith and take an exciting step forward in your life journey.
As we did with World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, the Ballarat Diocese pilgrims travelled as part of the Victorian Pilgrimage with the other Victorian dioceses of Sandhurst and Sale and the Melbourne Archdiocese.  This means we could offer the best pilgrimage, one that was really well supported with four pilgrimage options, great accommodation in Krakow and formation and information before the pilgrimage so pilgrims could get the most out of their journey!  









We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

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Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353