Youth Speak News

“The woman I was taught to be at home was completely contradicted by the North American culture,” recalled Dorothy Pilarski during her introductory remarks for the 2022 Calling All Girls conference on March 25.

Student prayers spark Ukraine rescue effort

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The power of prayer and the aid of technology has united two families thousands of miles apart in an international rescue operation — all at the instigation of two 12-year-old girls.

Salesians invite youth to ‘jump in’ to service

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As the floodgates of international travel open with more and more pandemic restrictions tapering off this month, a Catholic-oriented NGO, Volunteers in International Development, Education and Service (VIDES), is offering a global experience for youth looking to fly with a purpose.

Ordinandi find vocation in stillness and prayer

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“Our life is too short to waste it on being mediocre. We must dive into life, not just dip our toes,” said Archbishop of Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins, one of the guest speakers of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s 2022 Ordinandi Dinner Youth Event. 

Military chaplain credits providence for her call

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“Love has surprised and sent me.” In these words, Virginia-Ann Mervar, 26, introduced her vocation story during a Theology on Tap online talk hosted by the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Catholic Youth.

A musical Valentine for pandemic-weary

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Saskatoon-born singer-songwriter Kay Clarity hadn’t expected to launch her new pop music project Pax Paloma in mid-February, but witnessing the isolation and loneliness from the pandemic brought about a change of heart for the Catholic artist.

Author reveals the majesty of God’s plan

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Susan Perna seeks to retell the story of God’s love in a way that resonates with both young and old.

Toronto revives Totus Tuus program

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After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) and Office of Vocations is well on its way to restoring its annual Totus Tuus program in 2022.

Podcast aims to grow evangelical footprint

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National Evangelization Team (NET) Canada, one of Canada’s largest Catholic youth missionary organizations, debuted a podcast on Jan. 18 called Youth Ministry 101, with new episodes to drop every two weeks.

Journal showcases students’ hidden talents

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VANCOUVER -- A B.C. Catholic school teacher has created a journal to promote the literary skill of his school’s most capable writers.

Youth safeguard the Salesian legacy

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For young Salesians at St. Benedict Parish in Toronto’s west end, the legacy and teachings of St. Don Bosco are alive and well.