Bosco student to visit family homeland for WYD

Kasia Slowikowski with fellow St John Bosco College pilgrims, chaplain Fr Peter Carroll SDB (left) and
Bosco pilgrims (back row): Fr Pete Carroll SDB, Kasia Slowikowski, Jean Maroney, Shannon Walton, Estelle Friedrich, Jacob Hoffmann, Liam Doherty, Jacob Beattie, Jamaica Kelly, and teacher Christopher Kitchingman. Front row: Max Stuart, Emily Wein, Angelique Wallworth, Thomas Wrightson and Cormac Walsh holding the Polish flag, St John Bosco College youth ministry co-ordinator Maria Bautista, and Lauren DeBonis.

I am really looking forward to travelling as a pilgrim to Poland via Italy for World Youth Day.

I am going to WYD for a number of different reasons.

Firstly, it is a chance to explore the Catholic Church form a wider perspective, and it will allow me to deepen my faith with God.

I think it will be mind-blowing to be able to view the Catholic Church from a worldwide point of view.

But not only the faith reason, I think it will be awesome to see the Italian and Polish landscape, and being able to travel overseas with some amazing friends for a once in a lifetime experience.

Also, being Polish, it will give me a chance to explore where my family is from and learn more about my culture.

With all of the formation days and meetings for WYD, there has been an elevation in excitement from the One Year Out event to it actually happening just days away.

Learning the basics of Polish was an important aspect of going on WYD, but I, as well as the other pilgrims, had to participate in many fundraisers and promotional activities to help support us on our travels.

The itinerary entails travelling through Italy, through many famous and religious sites, and then for Poland for WYD, which will be the meeting point for all of the pilgrimages.

During WYD I aim to make new friends and have an unforgettable experience with the European landscape, and also make the most of this once in a lifetime experience in deepening my faith.

My faith is important to me as it gives me hope and life in many things I do. It helps me to appreciate the smaller things around me, as well as the big events such as WYD.

The parish of St John Bosco has had a major influence on my faith journey, as being part of Engadine Antioch has enabled me, along with many other young adults, to deepen my faith while developing strong friendships along the way.

I feel like the biggest challenges which will be faced on WYD will be being so far away from home for such a long time, but in the end it will be worth it because of the unforgettable moments experienced.