When 27-year-old David Figueroa found out this year’s World Youth Day was going to be hosted in Panama, so close to his home country of Colombia, he was more than excited to be a part of the event. 

Published in World Youth Day 2016
The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce these 11 young people selected for this year’s YSN program.


ysn andrea


Vancouver, B.C.
Dsouza, 22, is a fourth-year Indigenous studies student at University of British Columbia.

ysn kathleena


Mississauga, Ont.
Henricus, 15, is a Grade 10 student at Cawthra Park Secondary School.

ysn janelle


Winnipeg, Man.

Lafantaisie, 24, is a photographer for Alice and Flore photography.

ysn gabriella


Barry's Bay, Ont. 
Pariseau, 21, is a third-year Catholic studies student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College.

ysn vincent


Toronto, Ont. 
Pham, 17, is a Grade 12 student at Chaminade College School.

ysn declan


Edmonton, Alta
Riley, 23, is a third-year journalism student at MacEwan University.

ysn danielle


London, Ont. 
Rivest, 22, is a first-year education student at Western University.

ysn michael


St. Catharines, Ont.
Romen, 24, is a third-year English and Classics student at Brock University

ysn abigail


Sault Ste Marie, Ont.
St. Pierre, 16, is a Gr. 11 student at St. Mary's College

ysn catherine


Sturgeon County, Alta. 
Szojka, 17, is a Gr. 12 student at St. Gabriel Online School.

ysn nicole


Mississauga, Ont. 
Vaz, 16, is a Gr. 12 student at Fr. Michael Goetz Secondary School

Published in Youth Speak News

This summer is a time of change in my life as I move from high school to university. It is also the end of my time as a Youth Speak News reporter. As I begin my new journey in life, it it a good time to reflect on what this past year has meant to me.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

Holy Trinity Parish is definitely not in Kansas anymore. 

Published in Youth Speak News

I grew up always attending Catholic school, from elementary school through university.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

Summer is here which means the busyness of the school year is gone. It’s the perfect time to unplug from the real world and curl up with a good book. That’s why The Catholic Register and Youth Speak News have put together a list of faith-based youth titles that we think young book lovers will love. Stay tuned to our growing list of summer reads: 

Published in Youth Speak News

The Catholic Register won 15 awards and was named the No. 1 Christian newspaper in Canada at a gala banquet to recognize excellence in Christian journalism.

Published in Canada

Early in the morning, Sely Teruel walks along hilly, cloud-covered mountains and dusty slopes to get to her school in Sánta Barbara, Honduras, during the week. She lives in one of the surrounding villages so the trek to and from school is about an hour each way. 

Published in Youth Speak News

This past fall, my mother received a call from the care home in Yorkton, Sask., where her eldest sister was a resident. My mother was informed that her sister had taken a turn in health and there likely wasn’t much time left. 

Published in YSN: Speaking Out
For many Canadians, hand-me-down clothes from siblings or cousins were a natural part of growing up. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have relatives to lean on.
Published in Youth Speak News
While Christmas is for the family, Advent is for the parish. 
Published in Youth Speak News
Hamilton, Ont. – “We love this place O God, where you are found and all are led,” sang a group of young people as Fr. David Wynen led a tour around Hamilton’s Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.
Published in Youth Speak News

We often don’t see what happens behind the scenes as seminarians turn into priests.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

I struggle to keep up with the fast pace and heavy reading load that comes with studying English and as each year progresses, I am tempted to let my spiritual to-read list stack up in the corner until school calms down.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

Eric Luscombe’s first day was a little chaotic.

Published in Youth Speak News