World Youth Day 2019

WYDThe 34th World Youth Day will take place in Panama City, Panama, January 22–27, 2019. The event will be hosted during the winter to avoid the country’s rainy season, which occurs in July and August, the traditional dates for WYD.  This diocese' actual trip time is from Saturday, January 19 through Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

For more information on the preparations for World Youth Day 2019, visit the United States Bishops’ WYD web page.

The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Department for the Diocese of Fargo will have a trip to Panama City in January of 2019.  By the request of Bishop Folda, this WYD will be offered to those who are 18 and older.  We will not be accepting applications for those 17 and younger whether you have a parent with you or not.  Please remember this is the request of Bishop Folda.


If you want to begin fundraising now, a $1,000/person deposit will be required by November 15, 2017.  The total package will be approximately $4,000.00/person.  This price includes land and estimated airfare including taxes and fees from Fargo to Panama City and return.  The final price will be adjusted up or down based on confirmed airfare and confirmed registration fees for WYD.  'Land' includes hotel, meals, private deluxe touring coach and driver throughout the tour, admissions to attractions scheduled in trip, services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour, taxes and some tips.

World Youth Day Themes

Pope Francis has chosen the following themes for the next three World Youth Days:

  • 32nd World Youth Day (2017, a local celebration): “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:49)
  • 33rd World Youth Day (2018, a local celebration): “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)
  • 34th World Youth Day (2019 in Panama City): “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:30).

The three themes announced above give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey to Panama. At the same time they give a picture of young people on a journey between the past (2017), present (2018) and future (2019), inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope. This path that is being proposed to young people can also be seen to be in harmony with the reflection that Pope Francis has entrusted to the next Synod of Bishops: “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.”