WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world are converging on Rio de Janeiro to join Pope Francis for World Youth Day, but for many of these youth, the road to Rio will also put them on the road to the priesthood or religious life.
Many priests and religious credit the Holy Spirit with awakening or confirming their vocations through World Youth Day pilgrimages.
“It was a watershed moment,” said Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, describing the impact his first World Youth Day had on his own vocation. A 17-year-old pilgrim at WYD 1993 in Denver, he had not thought much of a vocation or much about Catholic life outside his own parish.
However, seeing the...READ MORE