A delegation of young people and adults, including representatives from St. Brendan the Navigator parish in the Midcoast, will travel to Kraków, Poland, to participate in the 2016 World Youth Day festivities.

The journey will begin with a special Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland Friday, July 22, before the 35 members of the Maine delegation depart for the 10-day trip.

World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The event is an opportunity for participants to experience the universality of the church and to share the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others.

More than 30,000 Americans are expected to travel to Poland for the event, joining an estimated 2.5 million others from around the world.  In addition to World Youth Day events, the Maine delegation will travel to several historical locations during the trip, including Warsaw; the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, home of the shrine of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa; Auschwitz, to visit the site of the German concentration camp; Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope Saint John Paul II; and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków, the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska.

The delegation will return to Maine on Monday, Aug. 1.