My name is Vanessa Villalba, and I’m a junior at Saint Joseph Preparatory in Brighton. I transferred to SJP last year and I’m loving it there. I’m involved in the Campus Ministry and I’ve met some of my closest friends there.

Outside of school, I’m a Girl Scout and I’m involved in the Youth Choir at St. John-St. Paul Collaborative. I’ve been playing the clarinet for about 8 years now and I do Jiu Jitsu which helps me to stay centered.

I’m very excited for World Youth Day; I can’t wait to see people my age that share the same belief that I have and get to know them. I’m also excited to see Portugal; I want to get to know the history and culture of the country. I’ve never been to WYD before but I’ve heard a lot about it and it sounds really fun and a life-changing experience. I believe this experience will bring me closer to my faith, God and my community.

I’m so excited to go and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity. Without the church, community, and the group leaders this wouldn’t be possible so thank you all!

Please consider sponsoring me and supporting this pilgrimage with your donations and your prayers.

Thank you to all of the people who are making this pilgrimage possible!