My first WYD was Madrid 2011. It completely changed my life and showed me the way to follow Christ. However, I endured one of the greatest hardships to get there. In this difficult time, it was my commitment to my faith and keeping my eyes on Christ that helped me through all the hurdles.
This year I’m setting forth towards a new adventure: WYD Panama 2019. When Pope Francis announced that Central America would host WYD, my heart burst with joy.
When I heard the news about how the WYD Symbols would make a stop at my parish, I realized just how blessed we are. I did not expect to find others like me, who are madly in love with Christ. They have become as close as family.
We have had several sessions to prepare us for this journey. We have placed ourselves at the intercession of our Most Holy Mother. We wish to be like her, who one day said, “May it be done to me according to your word,” and who stood firm in her faith.
Oscar Quesada, Costa Rica