Emilia Walasik ’16 selected to sing at World Youth Day


July 10, 2016

Emilia Walasik '16 was recently interviewed by Catholic New World, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago, about her trip to Poland for World Youth Day. Walasik, 22, has been selected to sing during the overnight vigil before the Mass with Pope Francis that will close World Youth Day on July 31.

In January, Walasik graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dominican University, majoring in vocal performance and minoring in theology. She got the word in early June, more than a year after first getting in touch with World Youth Day organizers to volunteer to share her musical gift. 

“I just went on their website and searched through for who to contact,” said Walasik, who started singing in the choir at St. Ferdinand Parish when she was 6. “I wrote and asked if there were any possibilities for young people from outside Poland to share their gifts. It was a dream I always had when I watched other World Youth Days on TV.”

Walasik also signed up to travel with the archdiocesan pilgrimage being organized by the Young Adult Ministries office and served on its spirituality program.

“I was going to go no matter what,” she said.

For Walasik, World Youth Day offers an opportunity to strengthen her own faith as well as an opportunity to join hundreds of thousands or even millions of young Catholics in witnessing to their faith.

“When so many of us appear together, it’s testimony that we believe in Jesus Christ and the church and we love our faith,” Walasik said. “I want to be part of that bigger movement. I can’t even imagine how it’s going to be. I’m really looking forward to being part of that sea of people.” 



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