Southwark Catholic Youth Service

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WYD – World Youth Day with Southwark Diocese


If you have booked your places, please download these files below:

The World Youth Day App

Download the World Youth Day App and follow our instructions to save our accommodation as a location and set the events we will be attending.


Regarding Coach Travel.

We have had a few questions with regards to the coach journey. We appreciate it is a long way, so we recommend that you bring a travel pillow and wear comfortable clothes. You may wish to pack a toothbrush in your hand luggage and some wet wipes.

The coach journey will be a great opportunity to get to know each other but we also need to be mindful of individuals needs. If you like listening to music please ensure you have headphones and respect the people around you who may like to read or chat.

We will be having night prayer of the church about 23.45 we request that after night prayer and until morning prayer 07.45 that noise is kept to a minimum so people can rest.

The coach will be stopping en route for comfort breaks; you will need a small amount of Euros for the services to buy refreshments, the ferry will take pounds.

We will need to know where you are picking up the coach:

  1. St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark – 12 midday, Amigo Hall
  2. Aylesford Priory, Kent – 3pm, Relic Chapel

Please email with your preferred option.

Please note that you are not able to leave vehicles at St George’s Cathedral for the duration of our pilgrimage; limited parking will be available at Aylesford Priory, but needs to be booked in advance.

Preparation Tips for WYD.


  • Pray for our pilgrimage and for other pilgrims who we will meet in Kraków.
  • Pray for our local Church in Southwark and for our Bishops.
  • Pray for Pope Francis and for our Church.
  • Pray for our world that during this year all nations will work for justice and mercy, with regard to reconciliation and human dignity.
  • Pray for our personal needs, that we may be open to God’s presence during our pilgrimage.

At World Youth Day we will be doing a lot of walking. Be prepared by doing some exercise or walking instead of getting on the bus or in the car.

Poland is a beautiful country and Krakow is a world heritage site. Find out more about the Country and the City. Try learning a few simple phrases. Perhaps you could also look at the history especially the context of the Nazi invasion and communism. This will give us an insight into the people and culture.

Be inspired
Find out more about the two main patron saints for WYD 2016: St. Faustina and John Paul II.

Grow in Faith
Read the message from Pope Francis for WYD. WYD is a great opportunity to ask questions and explore your faith in a open & supportive environment. We will have Bishops, Priests, Religious, Youth leaders and other pilgrims to chat with. What are the questions you have about your faith or the Catholic Church?

Let people know you are going to WYD, use social media to share your pictures and experiences. This is a great opportunity to witness to your faith.

Open to all, aged 18-30*

Travel with us as part of the Archdiocese of Southwark to Krakow where we will be joined by Archbishop Peter Smith!

The cost of the pilgrimage includes travel by coach, accommodation, insurance and WYD registration. *Those aged 16-17 can attend as part of a parish or school group.