May 25, 2011
Danielle Duet ’13 was a presenter at the 2011 National Medjugorje Conference at the University of Notre Dame this May.
When Danielle Duet ’13 posted a religious slideshow to YouTube, she
never thought it’d take her on a pilgrimage to Bosnia, or bring her in
front an audience of a 1,000 as a presenter at the 2011 National
Medjugorje Conference at the University of Notre Dame this May.
an electronic media art and technology major (changed recently by the
department to new media production) is proficient with graphic design
and animation. Her dream would be to meld her Catholic faith with her
passion for movie making. Last year and shortly after posting her
slideshow, which was an assignment in her last year of high school, the
composer of the song she used for the soundtrack contacted her. Her
first thought was that he’d be concerned she didn’t get permission,
however he quickly reassured her that wasn’t the case.
her creativity and asked if he could put her in touch with his father,
who runs MaryTV, an organization devoted to spreading the message of
Mary, the mother of Jesus, through technology. Duet designed a logo for
the organization, which is on its website, among other places. To thank
her for her work, the founders invited Duet to join them for an
international youth festival in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina, a
pilgrimage site for Catholics.
Friends and family at their north
Tampa church, as well as an understanding employer, combined to fund
and make possible the entire family’s trip to Medjugorje so they could
experience the journey together.
“It was God’s hand putting it all together,” Duet said.
youth festival drew an international crowd of 50,000 young people. One
of Duet’s favorite moments was when students participated in a parade of
countries while singing worship songs.
“There are so many
hardships and war where some of them come from, but here they were all
together in peace,” Duet said. “It was what the world could be, what it
The experience involved climbing spiritual mountains
and talking with others devoted in their prayer life. Since returning
last summer, Duet has shared the story with her close friends.
trip impacted me in the way I live my life now and has impacted my
friends,” said Duet, who said some of her friends have taken a closer
look at their own faith walk because of her experience. “I share my
story with them, and they find it inspiring.”
While she counts her experience as transformative, she said people don’t have to be in Medjugorje to strengthen their faith.
long as you can find love, joy and peace in a belief in God, that’s the
message,” Duet said. “You don’t have to be there. You can have it in
your heart and have Medjugorje with you wherever you go.”
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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