Newman University sophomore Anthony Hamersky is bound for Poland on July 19, 2016. Hamersky, along with a group from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, will attend the 2016 World Youth Day festivities in Kraków, Poland, which take place July 25 through July 31.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a Catholic centered event that provides youth the opportunity to experience in person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others.
Hamersky will travel with the Catholic Diocese of Wichita group to many Polish landmarks including Auschwitz, Częstochowa, and Warsaw. During Hamersky's travels, he will perform charity work, engage in theological discussions, and listen to talks given by leaders of the Catholic church.
As a history major, Hamersky is looking forward to experiencing first-hand the rich history and culture of Poland and Eastern Europe.
"I'm very interested in my family's Polish ancestry. Six generations ago, one of my great grandfathers Peter Hamersky settled in Kansas from Poland," Hamersky said.
Hamersky is hoping to find a connection with Peter Hamersky to other linked relatives in Warsaw.