Emily Wilson is a speaker, author, and musician who travels the world sharing her faith through witness and worship.
Emily was encouraged by her third grade teacher to get up and sing in front of the whole church at the age of 7. With continued support from her high school choir teacher, she started leading music regularly. While attending Arizona State University, Emily began leading worship at church with Ike Ndolo. She planned to become a sports broadcaster and earned a degree in broadcast journalism, but felt called to use her education in speaking and presenting to spread the Gospel.
After working for two years as as a full-time high school campus minister, Emily made the transition to full-time traveling ministry beginning in 2013. She has spoken and played music at dozens of national and international youth and young adult events in two dozen states and numerous countries, including diocesan, parish, and school events, as well as Life Teen and Steubenville conferences.
In the summer of 2016, Emily published her first book through Life Teen International titled I Choose the Sky. It is a scriptural devotion with reflections on seventeen women in the Bible and what we can learn from their lives, decisions, and encounters with Christ.
Emily has always been a California girl and enjoys living in Southern California as a newlywed with her Dutch husband Daniël.
The Vigil Project is a Community of musical artists that was formed in January 2016. Featuring a collective of seasoned singer/songwriters and worship leaders (Andrea Thomas, John Finch, Shawn Williams, and Greg&Lizzy), TVP exists to invite the Church to a fresh encounter with God and to deep prayer through the experience of beautiful music. In less than two years, they’ve quickly garnered international acclaim through the release of two music video series’ (“Lent and Easter” and “Advent and Christmas”) that have helped set a new standard globally for quality in the Catholic music industry. TVP maintains a seasonal touring schedule between producing new music/film projects and finding creative ways to invite and unite the universal Church in prayer.
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Fr. Colm Cahill, who is originally from Great Britain is a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He entered St. John's Seminary College in 2011 approximately one hour south of London England. Completing his studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, he graduated in May 2017 with a Master's Degree in Divinity. He is currently assigned at St. Peter's Parish in Covington, LA. He is the homilist for Abbey Youth Festival.
Fr. Bryce Sibley is a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette. He was ordained in the year 2000, and in 2001 received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He is currently serving as pastor and chaplain of Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center on the Campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has authored several articles and travels extensively speaking on issues regarding faith, marriage, and sexual ethics. Fr. Sibley is giving the final keynote of AYF.