Who may attend? Though this event is especially for youth, Bishop Olson desires that every Catholic in this Diocese consider going; the only requirement is that youth who have not yet reached their 15th birthday by the summer of 2016 must be accompanied by a parent.
How many spots are available? There are 150 total spots available. The policy is first come first serve. To guarantee a spot please have the contract signed and the initial deposit ($200) paid. If we go over 150 people then we will place additional people on the waiting list.
What if I have to pull out of the pilgrimage? If a person drops, then the pilgrim is responsible for finding their replacement. All deposits are non-refundable. You may contact Melissa Loza firstname.lastname@example.org , Gabe Gutierrez email@example.com or Jason Spoolstra Jason@stthomaspilotpoint.org to ask if there is someone on the waiting list to contact about replacing you.
I’m an adult and I would like to attend WYD 2016; do I have to go as a chaperone? While chaperones will be needed on the trip, the Diocese does not expect every adult participant to volunteer. You may go to WYD 2016 simply as a part of the pilgrimage.
4 days in Rome/Assisi
- Visit three main basilicas (St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul Outside the Walls.)
- Arch of Constantine, Coliseum, Sts. Cosmos and Damien, Paul’s Stairs
- Day trip to Assisi (Our Lady of the Angels Shrine, Basilicas of Francis and Clare)
- Vatican City Day (Vatican Museum with Sistine Chapel, Mass and tour of St. Peter’s Basilica)
Day trip to Prague
7 days in Poland
- Auschwitz and Wadowice
- WYD Events
Cost and Payment Schedule
Total Cost is $4,500
Initial Deposit - $200 (non-refundable)
Due by the end of 2014 - $800
February 1, 2015 - $800
June 1, 2015 - $800
October 1, 2015- $800
February 1, 2016– Remaining Balance
All deposits are non-refundable
What does the cost cover? Round-trip air transportation from DFW, Land transportation, tour escorts and city guides, tips for drivers and guides, accommodations (3 star hotels and University Hostel), meals (Breakfast and dinner daily on pre-tour; all meals are provided by WYD), WYD registration fee, taxes & fuel surcharges, Shirts.
What does this not cover? As said before, the only thing that this may not cover are the lunches on non World Youth Days (7 lunches total). However, these may be covered if the fuel surcharges do no exceed our buffer. Outside of this, the person will need to have a valid passport up to 6 months after your scheduled return. Also, money for souvenirs.
To whom do I send the payment? All payments will be sent to the diocese (Diocese of Fort Worth Office of Youth Ministry 800 W. Loop 820 South Fort Worth, TX 76108). If you are making a check or money order, please make it out to “Diocese of Fort Worth” and write the name of the WYD pilgrim on the memo line ( to ensure that payments are credited to the correct person). Payments need to be paid on time.