Youth Speak News

From Oct. 3-28, our YSN reporting team followed the discussions taking place in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on young people. Below, a few members from across the country share their own thoughts. 


Fr. Fogarty dinner honours Catholic education pioneer

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Frank Clifford based his life on three things: faith, family and friends. 

Youth looking for leaders to steer the right course

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VATICAN – The Catholic Church must be a place of justice and mercy, and its members must be catalysts for change, some young observers have told the Synod of Bishops.

Toronto attracts hundreds with first young adults conference

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Khristine Florend is ready to be a true witness to her faith after attending Toronto’s first-ever young adult conference.

St. Catharines takes up youth ministry momentum

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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – It’s a fascinating time to be a young Catholic.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom students kick off the year in prayer

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Second-year university student Gabriela Jezierska didn’t know what the new school year would bring, but she knew she wanted to make the most of it. 

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement marks decade of shaping lives

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A push from his big brother has sent Danny Luong on a path that, eight years later, has become a huge part of his life.

Young trustee candidates see age as advantage in leading at Catholic school boards

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In Grade 6, Tomasz Glod wrote a speech in school about why he would make a great prime minister. 

Travel gap year leads to serving the homeless

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Abby Pyrz was 18 years old when she was bitten by the travel bug. 

Youth Speak News Team 2018-2019

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The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce these 11 young people selected for this year’s YSN program.

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ANDREA DSOUZA

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

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KATHLEENA HENRICUS

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

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JANELLE LAFANTAISIE

Winnipeg, Man.

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

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GABRIELA PARISEAU

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

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VINCENT PHAM 

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

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DECLAN RILEY 

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

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DANIELLE RIVEST

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

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MICHAEL ROMEN 

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

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ABIGAIL ST. PIERRE

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

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KATHERINE SZOJKA 

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

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NICOLE VAZ 

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