WYD Panama: Inspiring and life-changing

Three pilgrims from Novena Church share their unique experiences

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Three pilgrims who recently returned from WYD in Panama shared their experiences. From left: Ms Shalena Louis, Redemptorist Father Francis Vijayan and Ms Sharon Leong.

Jared Ng

Since their return from World Youth Day (WYD) Panama in late January, three pilgrims from the Novena Church contingent are still coming to terms with the surreal and inspiring faith experiences they had.

One of them, Ms Sharon Leong, said she “gained such a wide perspective of the universality of the Church ... seeing pilgrims from all around the world praising God was just inspiring.”

The 36-year-old Youth Minister from the Redemptorist Mission Team shared one particular experience of when she came across the adoration tent among the thousands of other tents occupied by pilgrims.

Inside, “with soft Spanish music playing, people from different countries, in their own languages were having their own moment with Christ. It felt like He was there, preaching to the masses,” she said.

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