“Days in the Diocese” began during the Paris World Youth Day in 1997. The Church in France promoted several meetings as a way to better evangelize the young people of the French dioceses. The practice continues today, as we plan for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016.
In the days preceding World Youth Day, Days in the Diocese provides a wonderful opportunity for the young pilgrims to become more familiar with local parishes, their people, and the country’s culture. By praying and volunteering with the people of the parishes, the youth naturally will experience enrichment of faith and cultural interchange.
Time spent during Days in the Diocese includes moments of prayer and meditation, direct involvement in Christian missionary work, specific service projects, and intercultural exchange with people from the home country of Poland, as well as with fellow pilgrims from around the world.
If your group decides to participate in the Days in the Diocese, you will be assigned a diocese by the WYD office that manages Days in the Diocese registrations. Catholic Travel Centre will work with you to provide transfers to and from your host diocese, and these services will be included in our proposal to you.