Hello! My name is Julia Yurchesyn, and I live in in the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I attend Saint Mary’s University, where I study English Literature and Creative Writing. I also write articles for the university’s student publication, The SMU Journal, and work at the Patrick Power Library as a Student Assistant. When I’m not studying the copious amounts of readings that my professors assign (or writing essays about them), I enjoy getting outside, writing my own stories and poems, and spending time in community with my brothers and sisters in Christ through CCO and Holy Cross Chaplaincy. You never know what fun activity we’ll be doing—it could be anything from a dodgeball tournament to a Dungeons and Dragons campaign! Being involved with the Catholic young adult community has also inspired me to volunteer with my parish’s ministry, Wednesday School, so I can help build a community for youth at my parish.
Why Do I Want to be on Mission?
I want to go on Mission at World Youth Day because I desperately desire for everyone to know God’s unconditional and Fatherly love. When I’m on campus I see so many aching, burnt-out, and lonely souls who don’t know anything about God’s personal love for them, or the “abundant” life that Jesus offers (John 10:10). I feel called to share my ‘sheep joy’ with the world and point people towards Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Going on Mission at World Youth Day will not only provide me with an opportunity to spread the Gospel in a significant and direct way, but also equip me with skills that will enable me to be God’s light on campus and beyond. Any prayers or donations in support of my Mission are greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless!