Milwaukee 2 Madrid, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s planned pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 10-22. Young adults on the pilgrimage, themed “Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith,” will drink water from the miraculous spring in Lourdes, visit the birthplace of St. Ignatius in Loyola, pray, attend daily Mass, have fun with other young adults and see Pope Benedict the XVI.

Thanks to two Marquette University students who are currently in Madrid, Spain, for the World Youth Day events, the Catholic Herald will be posting blogs that they write on their experiences so readers can vicariously participate. Check back, as I’ll post their blogs as I receive them!

I’d like to introduce our first blogger, Samantha Paredes, 20, a junior at Marquette University, Milwaukee, studying nursing, major, and music, minor. Paredes, whose hometown is Waukegan, Ill., has submitted several blogs that share her experiences leading up to the Tuesday, Aug. 16 WYD opening Mass.

Daryn Peres, 20, is our second blogger. Peres, whose hometown is Dallas, Texas, is studying Information Technologies and Supply Chain Management at Marquette University, Milwaukee. His blog will be coming soon!