World Youth Day 2016

University of St. Thomas students have the opportunity to take part in the upcoming World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Inaugurated by Saint John Paul II, World Youth Day is an international Catholic gathering in which millions of Catholics and other people of goodwill take part in celebrating the rich vitality of the Christian faith through numerous religious events:

  • Praise and worship concerts
  • Talks with notable religious individuals
  • Overnight adoration
  • Mass with the Holy Father

In this regard, World Youth Day is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all who desire to enrich and immerse their lives in the Life of Christ. Before visiting Poland, UST pilgrims will spend four days in Rome, visiting basilicas and other holy sites.

Ways to Support Pilgrims

To cover transportation, housing and food, the cost for each pilgrim is $4,500. UST Campus Ministry is fundraising and seeking financial support from dedicated donors who are willing to make this dream a reality for students. We invite you to prayerfully consider helping fund the pilgrimage for UST students. Your generous contributions will help ensure the continued growth of the Catholic faith for the University community and generations to come.

Support UST Pilgrims

For more information about the World Youth Day pilgrimage or to support UST pilgrims, contact Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, at, or Lee Vigil at

Major dates:

July 21st – July 24th
Arrive in Italy and spend time in Rome. Visit Vatican City and other pilgrimage sites.

July 25th – July 31st
Travel to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day.

View the full pilgrimage itinerary.

WYD Participants:

UST Students

  • Megan Rosales
  • German Barbosa
  • Alejandro Garcia
  • Krista Dajao
  • Grace Cheung
  • Mary Cheung
  • Michelle Thai
  • Anthony Tran
  • Beth Mussali
  • Gabby Rabosa
  • Ana Hernandez
  • Michael White

UST Staff

  • Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB
  • Lee Vigil
  • Charles Borromeo