​World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country.

World Youth Day is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centred on Jesus Christ.  This event is an opportunity to experience in 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.

Meet our World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrims!

We have many Pilgrims journeying to Lisbon in August 2023. We shall be following six of these during their formation before they go and also whilst they are experiencing WYD!

Follow their journeys below:


I am Gabriela Franco, a Paraguayan Catholic. I have been blessed with a scholarship to study abroad. Having lived in Bristol for one year, I recently completed an MSc in Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol. The Lord has placed the desire to participate in World Youth Day in my heart. Sharing faith and God’s love with young people around the world is something I am passionate about. The Lord has called me to encounter him in a unique way to receive and spread the joy, grace, and gifts he wants to give us over those days. I said yes! to his love invitation.


I want to go to World Youth Day because I am not alone as I know within the Catholic Church, I have a massive Family in Jesus Christ. And having the chance to go and see people about my age praying, singing, marching, and talking about God is a true blessing. I know that to be in a place with such different characters, we will need each other to grow in our faith and to be one Body, Jesus Christ’s Body.


Living in a rural area, I am one of very few young people in my parish. World Youth Day will be an opportunity for me to connect with other Catholic young people and hopefully make some lasting friendships within the Catholic community in the UK and perhaps internationally. I also hope that hearing the Pope’s message and participating in WYD can help me strengthen my faith, providing me with a stronger foundation to go through the next stages of my life. Family friends who have been in the past, have encouraged me to go, saying that it had been a life-changing experience for them.


Hello everyone! My name is Vicente. I am from Chile, and I belong to a catholic Benedictine community called Manquehue. I have been living here in the UK for seven years and currently my work is at Downside school as part of the Chaplaincy team. I am excited to have the chance of going to Lisbon next year with the Clifton Diocese pilgrimage. I have worked a lot of years with young people ranging from school students to young adults, so apart from the excitement to participate I am also ready to offer my experience for the benefit of all pilgrims coming.


Hi! My name is Joanna, I am a fourth-year Chemistry student at the University of Bristol. I am the Secretary of the Student Catholic Society, the place where I have come to know the Lord and found true friendship in the community. God has given me the opportunity to attend WYD 2023 this summer with Clifton Diocese. Every bone of my body is aching to go, to give thanks for His perfect presence throughout my university journey. I wish to meet Him, as a pilgrim, with an open spirit, amongst other young Catholics to praise His name at the top our voices.


People, flags and national colours from all over the world; Syria, Morocco, and I even remember seeing a massive flag from Iraq! I have very fond memories of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid; I met people from countries that I didn’t even think had a Catholic population and I realised just how truly global the Catholic church is. It was a really uplifting and encouraging experience in the summer when I’d just finished my secondary school and left home and it was probably an easy time to drift away from my religion. Thankfully, the whole experience helped to solidify my faith and I’d love to return with a more mature, solid faith and experience the joys of the celebration of a truly global church.

Support our Pilgrims at WYD 2023!

If you would like to sponsor our Pilgrims at WYD, please do so by clicking the Dona button below::


It is our pleasure to present the Clifton World Youth Day 2023 Application form. On the right is the registration form, complete with the BACS details and the deposit information. It is the payment of the deposit which reserves the place – we will send an email confirming the receipt of the deposit to the address listed in the application form.

Please take a look at our Formation Programme. PDF download

The pre- and post-pilgrimage events are an integral part of the Clifton World Youth Day 2023 pilgrimage. These events will help build our community in faith, prepare for the pilgrimage itself, and to offer space to the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are excited for the events, and we hope to have as many in-person as possible.

There are 27 places total available on this pilgrimage, which will be allocated first-come, first-serve. You must be 18 years old by 1st of April 2023 to be eligible to attend. Once those 27 places are filled, we will create a waiting list. Send in your deposit and application quickly to reserve one of those 27 places.

Please fill out the form below to express your interest in attending World Youth Day 2023 with us.

All pilgrims must be aged 18+ by the 1st of April 2023

If you have any other questions, please email us: wyd2023@cliftondiocese.com

World Youth Day 2023 – Registration form

All places are currently filled, however we are collating names on a waiting list. Please still fill in the form below but do not send a deposit at this stage until we confirm your place.

The total price for this pilgrimage will between £1,000 and £1,200 depending on flights. The required non-refundable deposit is £325 pounds. This can be sent in a lump sum, or as an initial payment of £100. The remainder of the deposit  is due by the end of October 2022.

Half of the total price (£500) is due by the end of January 2023, with the remainder of the balance due by the end of April 2023. If you have questions about structuring a payment plan, please send us an email.

Registration Form

To send the deposit electronically, please use the following details:Bank account: 66827949 Sort Code: 52 10 03 Account name: Clifton DiocesePlease name transactions  WYD SURNAME INITIAL

Personal Details

Emergency contact


Please ensure that you have applied for a Visa if one is required for this pilgrimage. Pilgrims holding a British passport do not require a Visa.


Every pilgrim will be given a free WYD T-shirt as part of their pilgrim pack. Please select the size that you will require:

Medical information

Please use this space to let us know of any medical condition you may have or any medication you regularly take. This information will be kept confidential and will only be shared with your permission.

Special requirements

Please specify below any information or special requirements you may have. This includes dietary and physical requirements.

Teams Meeting

Please provide three times in which you could schedule a half hour Teams call with the WYD pilgrimage leaders.


By signing this form I agree to participate fully in this pilgrimage as directed by pilgrimage leaders. I also agree to take part in preparation sessions and events, and join the events after the World Youth Day Pilgrimage. I understand that if I am unable to participate without good reason, the WYD leaders may reassess my position and I may lose the place.
Signed by Pilgrim


If under 18 at the time of registration, or during the pre-Pilgrimage formation, parents or a legal guardian must complete the section below: I consent to my son/daughter to join the Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry pilgrimage to World Youth Day in 2023.
Clifton Diocese Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road. Bristol. BS5 0TX. 0117 9025594 wyd2023@cliftondiocese.com All information is for the sole purpose of the Clifton Diocese and will not be passed onto any third party.