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Posted on Mar 9, 2012 |

World Youth Day Pilgrimage for Covington Youth

World Youth Day Pilgrimage for Covington Youth

Millions assemble for World Youth Day every three years.

Twenty spots are left for the Diocese of Covington’s World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro.

The July 21-29, 2013, trip to Brazil is still in the planning stages, says Diocese spokesman Tim Fitzgerald, but will include several days traveling in Rio as well as the official World Youth Day activities including Mass with the Pope, catechesis, the Way of the Cross, and other celebrations of Catholic life with millions of young people from around the world. This year’s theme is “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

Father Jeffrey Von Lehmen, Father Matthew Summe, L.C., and Msgr. William Cleves will be among the representatives of the Diocese attending. All on the pilgrimage will have daily access to the sacraments and spiritual direction.

World Youth Day was founded in 1985 by Pope John Paul II, and has been held every three years in cities around the world (or in this case, two years — it’s being held a year early because Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014) . More than 1.5 million from more than 190 countries attended the 2011 WYD in Madrid. Youth and adults from the Diocese of Covington have attended WYD in Denver, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Cologne and Sydney, Fitgerald says.

The trip is open to young adults 18 and older. The $3,500 fee includes airfare, accommodations and meals. Initial registration and down payment are due March 30, 2012.  Contact the Diocese of Covington Department of Catechesis and Formation at (859) 392-1529 or e-mail