World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016

It's time for pilgrimage

We invite you on the pilgrimage of a lifetime, to spend three weeks immersed in culture, faith and an encounter with the Catholic Church you've never experienced before. 

WHEN: 12 Jul 2016 - 03 Aug 2016                                                                           WHERE: Paris, Lyon, Le Puy-En-Velay, Krakow

Making pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016 is a unique and enticing opportunity for young Catholics all across the world. As Marists we are excited to be making that pilgrimage by first following our trail back to our spiritual motherland, France. After a time for walking the streets of Paris, taking in the beauty of country Souther France in Lyon & Le Puy, we will join together with hundreds of other Marists from across the world, for the International Gathering of Marist Youth. This week-long celebration will bring together the four arms of the Marist family, the Marist Brothers, Sisters, Fathers & Missionary Sisters. Together as a Marist family we will celebrate the 200 year bicentenary of the Fourviere Pledge, a moment in history which birthed to life the beginnings of our Marist family.

Each Summer our founder St. Marcellin Champagnat called all of his Brothers into The Hermitage for a time of fellowship & formation, before sending them out again on mission, to make Jesus Christ known and loved to all young people, especially those on the margins. This too is what we endeavour to do on our pilgrimage, The Marist Way to Krakow. In coming together as one body of Christ we will undoubtedly be inspired, invigorated and convicted to return home and to share and spread the joy and love we have received from Christ, His Church, The Holy Father Pope Francis, St. Marcellin Champagnat and from encountering many of our Catholic brothers and sisters abroad.

So we invite you to join us on pilgrimage, on our Marist Way to Krakow!

Our pilgrimage group has limited positions available, so we encourage you to fill out the Expression of Interest  as soon as possible to secure your spot. This incredible life-changing event is going to be full to the brim of opportunities to travel and site-see, taste the local delicacies, soak up the cultural complexities and the beaming atmosphere of the cities we are visiting. Beyond that this is a time to create community and make connections with our Marist brothers and sisters internationally in Lyon, as well as with all of our Catholic brothers and sisters internationally in Kraków! 


To apply you need to successfully fulfil the following: 

  • Aged 18-30 years of age (as of July 12, 2016) 
  • Have a connection to the Marist family, and/or be open to learning more about the Marist spirituality. 
  • Have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining (from July 12, 2016 onwards)
  • Have written clearance from GP to travel if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. 

Expression of Interest

Full Name *
Full Name
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth

Thank you for lodging your Expression of Interest, a member of our WYD16 Pilgrimage team will be in contact with you shortly!