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 World Youth Day Stateside

WYD | Stateside is an outdoor, overnight experience for high school youth and young adults from the dioceses of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and our neighboring and regional (arch) dioceses. The celebration will take place in Lancaster, Pa., July 30 and 31, 2016. In conjunction with WYD in Krakow, Poland, we celebrate with Pope Francis the theme “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Matthew 5:7.

We understand that the cost, time and distance of traveling to an international World Youth Day can be prohibitive to many of our youth, young adults, schools and parish groups. It is with this in mind, and in answer to the call from the USCCB to provide stateside events to engage our young people in World Youth Day, that we present this overnight vigil in the Diocese of Harrisburg and invite the young people of our region.

The Diocese of Greensburg will be participating in this experience. One bus has been reserved to date, but additional buses will be added if this event gains interest among the young people of our diocese. 

The Diocese of Harrisburg seeks to present a series of events similar to those that will occur in Krakow - a pilgrimage walk, Stations of the Cross, opportunities for confession and adoration, Mass, concerts, catechesis, an outdoor overnight candlelit vigil. They also hope to provide domestic pilgrims with a pilgrimage experience that will enable them to ‘visit’ Poland, get to know St. John Paul the Great, and learn about the Divine Mercy Chaplet and luminous mysteries of the rosary.


- Some information taken from the HGB Stateside website.

 Cost and Registration

​The total cost is $210 per person. It includes the registration to the event (see below), as well as motor coach transportation, a diocesan t-shirt and diocesan trading items. The event registration cost of $175 is eligible for Francis Fund scholarship.

A $35 per person deposit is due by February 1, 2016.


Overnight Tickets Include:
Admission for ALL Activities at LCHS on Saturday and Clipper Magazine Stadium on Sunday

  • Pre-Opening activities-Praise & Worship
  • Opening Mass
  • Adoration/Pilgrimage/Confession Tents
  • Break-Out Sessions
  • Concerts: Ceili Rain and Jackie Francois
  • Holy Hour
  • Overnight Vigil
  • Evening and Morning Prayer Sessions
  • Pilgrimage Walk
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Message from Pope Francis
  • Closing Mass
  • Four meal vouchers
  • Pilgrim Pack & Souvenir bottle
  • Vigil candle & prayer resources
  • WYD Rosary