World Youth Day

About World Youth Day

Can't Make it to Panama?  Are you looking for a stateside experience?

Check out this opportunity!  No Registration needed!  This one time free event is being put on by The Diocese of St. Augustine. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry has put together a wonderful stateside event to include a speaker and live feed from Panama!

Please check out this flyer for important information!

For more information please email, call or text Amy Elkins.   

Contact Lexie Segrest, Associate Director for the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Charleston 

Pilgrimage Information

Age Requirements
We hope that you are excited about this wonderful opportunity.  We are targeting young adults for this trip ages 21 and above but you must be at least 18 years old on or before January 20, 2019.  No one under the age of 18 will be able to attend this trip.

Package Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Charleston, SC
  • Land transportation: Provided during tours (outside of WYD)
  • Lodging at a 5 STAR hotel
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • *WYD Registration fee
  • *Taxes & Fuel surcharge
  • *Subject to change

Not Included in Package

  • Passport fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals outside of WYD

Pilgrimage Itinerary

  • Saturday, January 19th: Depart Charleston, SC for Panama.  Arrive late afternoon.
  • Sunday, January 20th: Visit to the Panama Canal Visitors Center and Panama City Tour.  Mass will be in the afternoon.
  • Monday, January 21st: Gamboa Rainforest event featuring Steve Angrisano.
  • Tuesday, January 22nd: Free time to explore Panama.  Later Opening WYD Mass.
  • Wednesday, January 23rd: World Youth Day Activities.
  • Thursday, January 24th: World Youth Day Activities.
  • Friday, January 25th: World Youth Day Activities.
  • Saturday, January 26th: Mass with other American Diocese before our Pilgrimage across Panama for the vigil celebration.
  • Sunday, January 27th: Papal Motorcade and Closing Mass
  • Monday, January 28th: Depart for home.

Pilgrimage Price, Payment Schedule and Cancelation Information

The total cost of this pilgrimage is $3,649.00

The payment schedule is as follows (please keep in mind all payments are final):

  • $250 per person - Non-Refundable Deposit
  • $400 per person - January 10, 2018
  • $400 per person - April 8, 2018
  • $400 per person - July 1, 2018
  • **Remaining Balance - October 1, 2018
  • **Remaining balance date is mandatory.

All Cancelation and Name Changes are at the discretion on the Diocese of Charleston and must be in writing.
Conditions of Cancelation
From January 15, 2018-March 30, 2018, a $1000 penalty will be incurred.  After April 1, 2018, all payments are non-refundable.  It is for these reasons, travel insurance is highly recommended.  All cancelations must be in writing.

PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by the Diocese of Charleston. Travel Insurance can help if you decide to cancel your pilgrimage at any time.  Travel insurance is not handled through the Dioceses of Charleston or Savannah. To purchase travel insurance please look here.


Pilgrimage Registration

Please complete this registration form and send it directly to  Lexie Segrest with the Diocese of Charleston.

Registration form [PDF]


Registration Form


Travel Insurance

Fundraising Ideas
One Great Day Fundraiser (Great fundraiser asking people to sponsor a day)


Related Links

USCCB World youth Day Updates

Contact Information

Have questions? Interested in joining the pilgrimage? Contact Lexie Segrest at 843.261.0445  or Email.

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