World Youth Day

Krakow 2016
Pope Francis recently announced that the 2016 World Youth Day will take place in Krakow, Poland. The theme for this World Youth Day is, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). The location is significant as Blessed John Paul II was born in Poland and was the Archbishop of Krakow prior to his election as pope. The them is additionally important as St. Faustina is also a native of Poland. Blessed John Paul II made her the first saint to be canonized in the new millennium, and described her as the “great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.”

Traveling with the Diocese of Sioux City
World Youth Day is scheduled for the end of July 2016. The Diocese of Sioux City will be taking a group of approximately 30 pilgrims to Krakow to join Pope Francis and the World Youth Day celebrations. Our group will be staying in a hotel close to the events of World Youth Day.

Saturday July 23, 2016 – Depart USA
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Arrive in Warsaw, Mass and Visit at Czestochowa, Travel to Krakow
Monday, July 25, 2016 – Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Morning free, Opening World Youth Day Mass
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – World Youth Day Activities
Thursday, July 28, 2016 – World Youth Day Activities
Friday, July 29, 2016 – World Youth Day Activities
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – World Youth Day Activities
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – World Youth Day Closing Mass
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Depart for Warsaw, Mass and Visit at Niepokalanow
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Return to USA

Payment Schedule
$250 Deposit*/$250 Payment – May 1, 2014
$500 per person – October 1, 2014
$500 per person – February 1, 2015
$500 per person – June 1, 2015
$500 per person – November 1, 2015
$500 per person – February 1, 2016
Final Balance – April 1, 2016
*Deposit is non-refundable

The initial estimated cost of the trip is $4000. The payments for the trip will be divided over a 24-27 month period. You are welcome to organize fundraising opportunities. In addition, if one were to save or raise between $150-$170 a month, the money could be raised by the final payment.

The first deposit of $250 is due May 1, 2014, but we will accept registrations until we have filled our spots.

Click here to make a payment online.

If you are interested in going, but cannot meet this initial deadline, please contact Linsey Hoard at 712-233-7561 to work out an alternative deadline.

Contact Information
Have questions? Interested in joining the pilgrimage? Contact Linsey Hoard at 712-233-7561 or e-mail