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World Youth Day 2019
Hosted By: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Location: Panama City, Panama
Winona, MN
Start Time: 5/1/2018 8:00 AM
End Time: 5/2/2018 8:00 AM
Time Zone: Central
Website: http://worldyouthday.com/

In January 2019, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will host a group of students to join the hundreds of thousands who are making a pilgrimage to Panama City, Panama. World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

During the week of World Youth Day, there will be youth festival programming in addition to the main events with the Pope.

Please note that this is an application. You will be notified by mid-April of your attendance status. If selected to attend, you will be given more information at that time. Required formation and preparation activities will occur amongst the SMUMN pilgrimage group during the Fall 2018 semester.

Cost: $2,000
At the time of application, there is no cost. The price includes round-trip airfare, meals, accommodations, security, access to all events and activities, and the WYD kit. A $600 deposit will be required. Remaining payments may be paid along the following schedule (or in a lump sum):
Friday, August 31, 2018: $350
Friday, September 28, 2018: $350
Friday, October 26, 2018: $350
Friday, November 30, 2018: $350

WE WILL BE FUNDRAISING to help reduce the overall cost of the trip per person. However, that fundraising will be dependent on the hard work and planning of the group as a whole, so fundraising benefits have not been applied to the cost estimates.

Travel: If accepted, you will be required to have a passport, valid through February 2019. If you have a passport, please check to make sure it is valid through that date. If you do not have a passport valid through February 2019, please note that if you are accepted, you will need to apply for a passport immediately for flight booking purposes. Citizens of the USA do not need visas to enter Panamá.

This experience takes place after Spring semester is back in session. Students will need to apply with the knowledge that they will miss at least one full week and likely two days (Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29) of courses. Each student will be responsible for making arrangements with professors, coaches, employers, etc. ahead of time.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kirsten in Vlazny Hall 134 or by emailing krotz@smumn.edu.

*There are a number of short answer questions on the application that will not save should you choose to not complete it in one sitting. I recommend that you do the questions in a word processor document and copy/past your responses over.*

Event Deadlines / Fees:
The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 5. Pilgrims will be notified by mid-April of their acceptance.
Registrant Type Deadline Name Deadline Date Fee
World Youth Day Application Deadline 4/22/2018 $0.00
Online Registration is closed. Please contact the event host for any late registration options.
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