Supraśl 2022 is an international Orthodox youth festival hosted by the Orthodox Church of Poland and the Fellowship of Orthodox Youth in Poland with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava and Szczecin. The festival is organised by an international group of Orthodox youth workers, coordinated by Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak. The organising committee consists of volunteers with experience in international pan-Orthodox youth work.
The aim of the festival is to bring together dedicated youth workers and young adults from Orthodox churches world wide to experience the unity and universality of the One Holy Church and to stimulate each other in the field of youth ministry.
Participation in Supraśl 2022 is open to Orthodox Christian youth and youth workers aged 16*- 30 (*we invite youth aged 16-17 to participate if accompanied by an adult). Priority will be given to participants who are actively engaged in Orthodox youth work.
Open registration will begin in mid-Decemeber.
Inspired and encouraged by the decades of pioneering work of Syndesmos, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, and recognizing the current need to network, connect, and gather in fellowship the youth of the Orthodox Church worldwide a small group lead by Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak came together in the fall of 2020 to begin considering how this could be done. Following eight months of meetings and correspondence with with heads of the local churches, as well as with bishops, priests, lay youth leaders, and others who were once involved – or continue to be – international youth work, a decision has been made to host a gathering of Orthodox youth from all parts of the world. In June of 2021 a group of youth workers from around the world came together to begin to develop Supraśl 2022: A World Gathering of Orthodox Youth.