Thousands of young adults and young families will gather this summer for inspiring TED-style talks by dynamic Catholic bishops, inspiring multicultural entertainment, and engaging break-out groups focused on our God-given identity and purpose. At the heart of the event, there will be amazing worship and incredible opportunities for prayer and the sacraments. This event will be similar to the international world youth day experience, but at a national level during the off years of the international World Youth Day. As such, the festival this year will reflect upon the national World Youth Day theme chosen by Pope Francis himself, "The Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me and Holy is His Name."
Above all, this event is a moment of national unity and authentic communion for all young adults living and working in a broken, polarized, and divided country. His Holiness Pope Francis encourages us: “If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good” (Evangelii Gaudium, 9).
Young adults today are divided in many ways – by language, race, economics, culture, experience, family brokenness, and religious engagement. How can we, with the spirit of mercy inspired by the Holy Father’s words at the most recent World Youth Day in Krakow, bring young adults together in a moment of national unity and support for one another? This gathering is one way to begin that journey, which we hope will inspire you to unite in your local churches and communities throughout the coming years.
There is no time like the present moment to unite young adults together.
what is Unity?
Authentic unity only comes from sharing in a common good that endures and brings lasting happiness. This common good we propose and celebrate is humanity’s common dignity as made in the image and likeness of God and called to live out Christ’s very love for the world through the Church. At the center of this love is merciful love - both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
All young people have been called by God to do something great and bring about this unity. This is why unity starts with you. In church language, everyone has a vocation: a purpose and identity God has given to each and every one of us.
why the theme, "The Mighty One Has Done Great Things for me and holy is his name" ?
Besides being chosen by Pope Francis himself, this theme is important to truly discover where God is calling us. We must begin a voyage of discernment by reflecting on our journey thus far: how has God done great things for us, where has he led us, and how has that made us who we are today. We also reflect on where we’ve seen God acting in our lives, giving us a foundation from which to build our future. As Mary proclaimed, “The Mighty One has done great things for me!” (Luke 1:49)
And when we begin that discovery process, we do it with a sense of gratitude, joy, and humility before God, who makes this journey possible. Following Mary’s lead, we say with thanksgiving: “Holy is his name!”
WYD UNITE will be a day to bring young adults in their late teens, twenties, and thirties together, despite our divisions and uncertainty, in a sense of national unity under the watchful care of the Blessed Mother, Undoer of Knots, and the patrons of young people, Saint John Paul II and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, exemplified by the special procession and prayer following Mass during the day’s events.