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"Mary arose and went with haste" (Luke 1:39)

Welcome to our World Youth Day page! We are getting ready to join the thousands of young pilgrims from England and Wales to walk, pray and listen to them during their time of pilgrimage. On this page you will find out which dioceses are taking part and how you can get in touch with them about attending and registration. We will post updates on where you can find us over the World Youth Day week and we will  begin to share resources in order to help with your own personal discernment on the lead up to and throughout the Pilgrimage. 

World Youth Day Details:

When: 1st - 6th August 2023 

Locations: The locations of events taking place in the city of Lisbon (Portugal) over the World Youth Day week.
Exact locations have yet to be announced.
Please check back here for updates.

Registration: This can be done through your Diocesan Youth Service, Religious Community or organisation you are travelling with.

Booking: See below which Dioceses are taking part, and who to contact to show interest in attending. 

How do I book a place? 

If you want to travel to Portugal for World Youth Day, it is recommended that you enquire about booking through your Diocese in which you live, or relevant organisation that is also taking pilgrims. This is the best way to experience World Youth Day, and will guarantee you fun, companionship, and safety. Some of the website of Dioceses and organisations taking pilgrims to World Youth Day are listed here for you. Please note that each Diocese has limited places and it is good to enquire early to avoid disappointments. 


Archdiocese of Birmingham (Kenelm Youth Trust)

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Archdiocese of Southwark:

Archdiocese of Westminster (Westminster Youth Ministry)

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Diocese of Brentwood (Brentwood Catholic Youth Service)


Diocese of East Anglia


Diocese of Lancaster


Diocese of Leeds


Diocese of Northampton (NYMO)


Diocese of Plymouth – Email


Diocese of Portsmouth


Diocese of Salford


Get excited for Lisbon

Vocation Directors and Clergy 

Taking Pilgrimage with your Diocese to World Youth Day? Don't forget these top tips:

  • Don't forget to book with your Diocese!

  • Remember to register as Priest/Clergy on your registration with your Diocese. 

  • Remember your albs and stole.

  • Remember your celebret for mass and to hear confession.  

NOV at World Youth Day 

The National Office for Vocation will be attending World Youth Day!

We will be there everyday to walk with the young people in each Diocese in England and Wales. If you are Diocese or organisation taking pilgrimage to Lisbon, and interested in inviting us to walk and talk with your group, please contact us by email ( or submitting your details on our website contact form.


We will also be there to have one to one talks with your young people about the culture of vocation helping them with their own discipleship journey and discernment.


Find us at the main events where we will will hand out freebies to those who we meet.  

Our recommended packing list

Here are our top tips for packing!

  • Bible

  • Rosary

  • Notepad and pen

  • Passport

  • Pilgrim Passport - Gets you into events

  • Water bottle

  • Warm clothes - especially for the vigil 

  • Sleeping bag

  • Towels

  • Toiletries 

  • Sunhat 

  • Sun cream 

  • Sun glasses

  • Phone Charger

  • Backpack 

  • Emergency contact details of group leader

  • Some Euros

  • Diocesan/organisation hoodies/shirts

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