Local Youth Still Inspired by World Youth Day, a Year After Panama

A year after World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the impact of the pilgrimage is still being felt by local youth who attended the event. About 200 Catholics from Brooklyn and Queens went to Panama, along with 700,000 young people from around the world looking up to deepen their faith and listen to Pope Francis.

Let Them Speak: Remembering Panama

Three years ago, if you told me that I’d be going to Panama for World Youth Day 2019, I’d advise you to consult a psychologist, because in my book, you’d be considered crazy.

How WYD Group Leaders Saved the Final Catechesis

World Youth Day pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens are back in the diocese, having returned to the responsibilities of school and work, family life and social circles. As they go about their lives, one of the memories they carry with them is of a hot and humid morning during the final day of catechesis when the perfect storm occurred.

WYD Brings Affirmation, Joy, Graces to Diocesan Youth

As Brooklyn and Queens pilgrims arrived at the final and perhaps, most important days of their World Youth Day pilgrimage, they also reached the longest leg of their journey – walking at least seven miles for the evening prayer vigil with Pope Francis.

Pope to WYD Pilgrims: Jesus Is No ‘Passing Fad’

Speaking to over half a million young people from around the world on Sunday, Pope Francis said Jesus is not “an interval in life nor a passing fad,” but a loving God who’s concrete and close.