Featured Artists


steve angrisano

recording artist

Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Young and old alike embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve’s honest style of ministry is born from who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ.

Steve’s unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction engage audiences of all ages. This makes him both a natural and popular choice for parish missions, youth conferences, and diocesan, national and world-wide events.

A veteran musician and composer, Steve has been featured at nine World Youth Days, the National Pastoral Musicians Conference (NPM), the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, National Catholic Youth Conferences (NCYC), and many other national and international events.

Steve and his family call Coppell, Texas their home.


Bishops and Speakers

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Sr. Miriam James Heidland

keynote speaker

Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) and resides in Corpus Christi, TX. She speaks extensively at conferences and retreats on the topics of authentic love, healing, conversion and mercy. 

Her story has been featured in such places as EWTN’s "The Journey Home," The National Catholic Youth Conference, The National Catholic Register, the USCCB Convocation and Relevant Radio. 

She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and is the author of the book Loved As I Am

Listen to her inspiring conversion story on YouTube or subscribe to her podcast titled Abiding Together on iTunes.  You can also find her on Twitter @onegroovynun.


Archbishop william e. lori

Special guest homilist

The Most Reverend William Edward Lori is the residing Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Born in Louisville, KY, in 1951, and ordained to the priesthood in 1973, Archbishop Lori was named the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. In his writing, teaching and advocacy, Archbishop Lori has been a courageous voice for religious liberty having joined with the bishops of Connecticut in protecting the apostolic governance of the Catholic Church in averting the legalization of physician-assisted suicide; and in amending the state’s same sex marriage law to respect the freedom of conscience of Catholic institutions. To find out more about Archbishop Lori click here!


archbishop Jose domingo Ulloa Mendieta

special international guest

The Most Reverend Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta is the residing Archbishop of Panama and host to the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama City.

Born in the city of Chitre, Panama on December 24, 1956, Archbishop Mendieta was elected by Pope Benedict to become the sixth archbishop of Panama on February 18, 2010. 


Special Guest


The Most Reverend

Roy Edward Campbell, Jr.

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington



Special Guest


The Most Reverend

Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington

Special Guest


The Most Reverend

Barry C. Knestout

Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond


Saturday, august 25, 2018

The National Mall and Saint John Paul II National Shrine

9:00 A.M.

Opening Prayer and Procession beginning at the Lincoln Memorial

  • Opening address and prayer by Bishop Roy Edward Campbell Jr., from the Archdiocese of Washington along with special guest Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama.
  • Groups of youth and young adults will then participate in a procession carrying the WYD Cross across the National Mall.

9:40 A.M.

Procession stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

  • Prayer and a brief address led by Bishop Barry C. Knestout.

10:20 A.M.

Procession stops at the Washington Monument

  • The procession continues by way of the World War II Memorial, stopping at the Washington Monument for prayer and a brief address by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

10:45 A.M.

Procession stops at the Smithsonian Castle

  • The procession on the Mall concludes with a stop at the historic Smithsonian Castle with prayers led by local bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez.

11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Travel to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine

  • The Cross travels to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine by way of the United States Capital, where it will be received by local bishop (TBA).
  • All those attending are encouraged to depart the mall using metro or to find their own transportation to the Shrine. A free shuttle bus service will be operating between Georgia Ave-Petworth Station on the GREEN line and the Shrine (Brookland/CUA Station will be closed for maintenance).

12:30 P.M.


  • Boxed lunch distributed at the Shrine.
  • Lunch must be purchased beforehand with registration.

1:00 P.M. - 3:35 P.M.

Featured Activities at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine

  • Activities include Eucharistic adoration with nationally acclaimed recording artist Steve Angrisano. 
  • "Ask Me Anything!" panel discussion with Sr. Miriam James, Sr. Gaudia, Fr. John Kalisch, and Arlington couple Christina and Patrick Jacobeen. Ask any question relating to the faith to this esteemed panel of special guests.
  • Veneration of the WYD Cross and Icon.
  • As well as confessions, prayer before the Saint John Paul II relic, exhibit tours, a special Panama Pavillion, and more!

3:35 P.M. - 4:35 P.M.

Keynote Address - "Seeking the Face of God"

  • By nationally acclaimed Catholic speaker Sr. Miriam James.

4:35 P.M - 5:15 P.M.

Procession to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  • A final procession of the WYD Cross to the nearby Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


5:15 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Sunday Mass at the Basilica

  • With special guest celebrant Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama, and homilist Archbishop William E. Lori.

Optional After Hours Activities

  • TBA

6:30 P.M.