Youth Speak News

Speaking Out: The Pope, social media and me

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In my short lifetime, I have already seen three popes preside as the head of our Church. 

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.

Speaking out: Catholic studies worth the effort

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Whenever someone asks me what I study in school, my heart always sinks a bit. 

Speaking out: Thank God for my community

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Two years ago, I started volunteering at my church’s youth group. My role was to teach the students, mentor them and listen to them. 

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. 

Speaking Out: I want to be a prime minister

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When I was five and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be the first female prime minister of Canada. 

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. PIERRER

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

Speaking out: YSN helped me grow in faith

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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.