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World Youth Day Panama 2019 – here we come

Young people from across the Diocese of East Anglia gathered in Newmarket on November 26 to launch its preparations for going to World Youth Day in Panama in 2019.

After eating a packed lunch, there was a "get to know' games and a quiz on WYD and Panama hosted by Clive Sheridan and Joe Perna, both part of the Ignite Lite Team.

Then youth director Hamish MacQueen gave a presentation of all the information we know so far. The day ended with Mass celebrated by the legend that is Fr. Michael Johnstone ' he is known as a legend because he has been to WYD in 1991, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016 ' eight times!

Bishop Alan was unable to be with us but was keen to pass on a message to the group that he was very much behind them and looked forward to being with them in Panama.

What people have said about the previous World Youth Days:

Thank you for one for one of the best weeks of my life.Dom Bennet

It can be, and often is, a faith – and life – enhancing event.Fr. Michael Johnstone

This is definitely one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.Claudine Alicante

I feel this trip has changed my life for the better and has gone as far as to change my life.Joseph Kalusza-Gilbert

  • An information Pack on WYD 2019 in Panama can be downloaded at
  • There are limited places available
  • Bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis
  • Booking is now open at
  • Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

Pictured above is the East Anglian group at WYD in Krakow, 2016.