“May we try to listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God” – Pope Francis.
Million Minutes is again encouraging us all to have some time in silence during Lent, to focus better on the things that matter, and to raise money to support young people who don’t have a voice. You and your students or youth group members can take take part in lots of different ways, at any time right up to Easter.
On the Feast of Christ the King, National Youth Sunday, the Synod Fruits project launches its first fundraiser to help bring Pope Francis’s message from Christus Vivit to life in exhibitions offered to Cathedrals around the country.
The team at Synod Fruits hope funds raised will enable them to exhibit portraits of twelve young saints, paired with extracts from Christus Vivit, in Cathedrals and city centre churches around the country in a bid to bring the richness of Pope Francis’s message to more people. The portraits were created by young Catholic artist John Paul de Quay.
CAFOD’s education team has added more dates in Sheffield and London for their new course to enable chaplains, youth leaders and teachers to develop their own leadership programmes for young people. Read more
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
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.
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
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.
Are you still looking for a Lenten commitment that will make a difference to young people’s lives? Right up to Easter Sunday, you can join the hundreds of people who’ve signed up for Million Minutes’ siLENT challenge, and raise funds to support young people .Danny Curtin from Million Minutes tells us more:
Britain’s best selling cookery writer Delia Smith, author and screen writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, and peace campaigner Margaret Mizen are all taking part. We also have teachers, priests, whole schools, youth clubs, and Religious Orders. One Religious Order has pledged a million seconds to help us create a deafening silence to speak up for young people!