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Catholic Gap Years in the UK

 

Catholic Residential Retreat Centres across the country are still recruiting for volunteers for September 2019.

As a retreat team volunteer, you’ll gain valuable experience working with children and young people. You’ll develop skills in team work, organisation and leadership that will benefit you in whatever future career you choose, or give you the experience you need to change direction from your earlier path. You’ll enjoy the companionship of a community of young adults, and make lifelong friends. You’ll grow in confidence and maturity, have the opportunity to reflect on the next steps in your life, and deepen your faith. Read more

Compass ‘School of Discernment’ for young adults – July 2019

 

We’re all thinking more about the importance of discernment since the Synod, and this summer, Compass is leading a summer school from Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2019, to help young Catholic adults find their true path to living life joyfully and faithfully.

The event will be held at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, and it’s open to people aged 18-35. The cost for full board for the five day event is £150, and bursaries are available.

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International short course in Leading the New Evangelisation

St Mary’s University, Twickenham in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU)  is offering an International Faith Formation Leadership Programme from  – .

The programme is aimed at Catholic school leaders and teachers, including religious education teachers, and Church leaders, youth ministers,parish educators and all those who work in Catholic schools on behalf of the Church.

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Your young people deserve to be celebrated!

Celebrating Young People Awards 2019

Who will you nominate? 

On 3 July 2019 young people from across the country will gather in London’s West End for the Celebrating Young People Awards. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be presenting this year’s Pope Francis Award. The awards – now in their fourth year – are organised by Million Minutes and see hundreds of young people nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic Social Teaching lived out in social action. Read more

Go siLENT to shout out for young people

Lent is only a few weeks away, so why not sign up for siLENT 2019, as a school or parish group, or just on your own? You’ll find some stillness in our frantic world, and the sponsorship you raise will support young people in transforming their lives and their world.

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Nominations now open for 2019 Celebrating Young People Awards!

Nominations are now open for the fourth Celebrating Young People Awards. The awards – powered by Catholic charity Million Minutes – honour the achievements of young people across the country who make our communities better places. There are eight award categories, which take their names from Catholic social teaching and recognise the enormous, often unseen, social action of young people. Above: Last year’s Pope Francis Award recipient was Aaron, from Loreto College Manchester. Read more

Was Panama too far? Save 20% on tickets for WYD@Home!

World Youth Day in Panama was amazing – but many of us joust couldn’t be there to soak up that inspirational atmosphere. You and your group can still get that uplifting WYD experience at WYD@Home, hosted at Alton Castle from 7-9 June, and with the superearlybird offer, if you hurry, you can save 20% on all types of ticket.

 

Visit the new WYD@Home website to find out more and book.

The inside track on Flame 2019! Got your tickets?

Fr Dominic Howarth, Chair of the Flame core group, and Fr Dermott Donnelly, CYMFed Chair, have more info on Flame 2019, and why it’s going top be a great event to bring your young people to.

 

The CYMFed Flame Congress is now just 8 weeks away, on 2nd March 2019, at Wembley Arena. Many parishes and school groups have already booked tickets for their young people to enjoy this amazing celebration of Catholic faith, in a vibrant atmosphere, full of joy, with content presented in a way which resonates for young people.

 

If your parish or school has not yet booked, there is still time, and we – as organisers – will make it as easy as possible for you. We are bringing groups ourselves, and so we will hopefully offer you all the practical information you need as you prepare to travel to Wembley, and a memorable and inspiring day when you get there.

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Podcast from Ireland talks about issues young people face

Are you among the growing audience for the YouthPod Ireland podcast? Set up and hosted by four youth workers from Bray, Co Wicklow, Adam Burke, Paul Tracey, Jamie Brierton and Michael Fleming, the podcast features lively chats on issues affecting young people, including mental health, drugs and alcohol education, that will resonate wherever you do your youth work.

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Flame 2019 to feature interview with Jean Vanier

In addition to an already fantastic line-up for Flame 2019, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Guvna B, Timothy Hughes and Emma Borquaye, the event will feature an exclusive video interview with Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche organisation.

 

His many accolades include the French Legion of Honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, the Rabbi Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award 2001, the International Paul VI Award, and the Templeton Prize. He has furthermore been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jean Vanier, and those who came to share his vision, learnt two important truths in the early years, which remain at the heart of L’Arche today. People with learning disabilities have a great deal to contribute to society and, by living in intentional community with people with and without learning disabilities – living with diversity and difference – we open ourselves up to be challenged and to grow.

 

If you’ve not yet booked your tickets, get onto it right now! Book online at CYMFed