I went to World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. During the week before the main events in Rio, my group from the Archdiocese of Edmonton was staying in Aparecida, Brazil with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. There was also a group from the Diocese of Wollongong in Australia staying there. When we were touring the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, I got the chance to talk with one of the Wollongong seminarians I had met the night before at our hotel. I was so impressed by his faith and witness! I absolutely loved meeting so many young people on fire for their faith, and especially getting to celebrate mass with hundreds of thousands of other young Catholics in Rio. Fast forward to 2015, after the seminarian I met in Aparecida discerned that his calling was to marriage and not the priesthood, we married in a beautiful Church in his home diocese of Wollongong and then moved to Canada, where I am from. We just celebrated our 3rd anniversary and are so grateful to God for using World Youth Day to introduce us to our spouse!
Stephanie Bajac, Canada