Pilgrims Everywhere: UD Students, Alumni Attend Formative World Youth Day in Rio

Pilgrims Everywhere: UD Students, Alumni Attend Formative World Youth Day in Rio

"On a mountain, on a different continent, I ran into a seminarian from Holy Trinity Seminary," said Shelby Flood BA'14, a pastoral ministry major from Denton, Texas.

The two UD students found each other amidst the mass of 3.5 million pilgrims from 175 countries who attended World Youth Day in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, from July 23-28. The mountain was Corcovado Mountain, home of the 125-foot Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio.

Sylvia Whiteacre BA '10, who attended with Jason Deuterman MTS '13 and seminarian Quinn Huston BA '13, was overwhelmed with the sheer number of pilgrims.

"It brought back memories of standing in line for Easter vigil at the Vatican," said Whiteacre. "There were people everywhere."

Flood's favorite part of the six-day gathering was attending a vocations fair where pilgrims participated in Eucharistic adoration using one of the six monstrances that Blessed John Paul II blessed specifically for vocations.

"I was blessed to be able to see Pope Francis up close three days in a row as he drove along Copacabana beach," said Flood.

Kneeling on the sand of Copacabana beach for adoration with Pope Francis was a pivotal moment in the event for Whiteacre.

"The world tells you not to care about your faith, about being Catholic, but when you're there in Rio with all those people, you get a feeling of encouragement and peace that you are all headed towards the same goal: faith," said Whiteacre.

Photo courtesy of Jason Deuterman MTS '13.


Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

+ Read More

Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

+ Read More