If the brief layover in the hectic Newark, New Jersey, airport taught the pilgrims anything, it was that they needed to get creative in order to celebrate their faith on the road.
We’d been warned that this was going to be a pilgrimage, not a vacation.
Though roughly 0.05 percent of the 200,000 Catholics of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas were able to attend World Youth Day in Poland, the 108 pilgrims that were able to make the trip…
Recalling his own story of discernment, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann encouraged the pilgrims of World Youth Day to prayerfully consider their own vocations while walking in the footsteps of the great saints of Poland.
As any veteran World Youth Day pilgrim will tell you, traveling across the globe with millions of other people is an lesson in patience.
As an Eagle Scout, former member of the Kansas Army National Guard, and fourth-year college seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Ben Rogers knows a thing or two about being prepared.
The small town of Wadowice, about an hour outside of Krakow, brims with the history of its most famous resident: St. John Paul II. During their second day in Poland, pilgrims from the archdiocese were…
Jessica Luna, a parishioner of All Saints Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and an incoming freshman at Benedictine College in Atchison, almost missed out on coming to World Youth Day.
Daniel Warner, a 16-year-old parishioner of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Topeka, was so excited to go to World Youth Day in Krakow.
When I asked the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas what they were most excited to see in Poland, one response was almost universal: Pope Francis.