News & Blog

Flame 2019: Call for 60 second videos


The CYMFed Flame 2019 team will have more exciting news about the line-up of speakers very soon, but right now, they’re offering young people the opportunity to talk about the theme for 2019 – SIGNIFICANCE – in short videos. A selection will be shown in the arena during Flame, and all videos submitted will be posted on the CYMFed website after the event.

Want to give young people in your parish, school or group that opportunity?   Read more

Prepare the Way Advent Concerts

Jo Boyce and the CJM Music Collective are taking their Prepare the Way Advent and Christmas concerts to 3 venues in Birmingham, Salford and Stevenage from 7-9 December 2018. The concerts are a beautiful way for people of all ages to come together and enter into the spirit of the Advent season.  Read more

Interactive Youth Music Weekend 17-18 November 2018

Gen Verde, one of the international performing arts group of the Focolare movement, will be back in the UK in November. They have been invited by the dioceses of Plymouth and Birmingham to work in some of their schools, however they will also do a music weekend for young people in Welwyn Garden City on 17th-18th Nov, which is open to whoever would like to be there (as long at they are between 15-23 years of age).

See more on the Focolare Movement  website

News from the CYMFED Synod Gathering: Rome


Forty Catholic Youth Ministry Federation members and colleagues from England & Wales have gathered at the Casa Bonus Pastor in Rome for a conference and retreat coinciding with Synod 2018. CYMFed members fill us in on what’s happening:

On 16th October, Fr Dominic Howarth opened proceedings by celebrating Mass at the Casa Bonus Pastor with the whole group.

The first speaker was Mr Paul Jarzembowski, an assistant to the US Bishops at the Synod. Paul spoke about the experience so far at the Synod, and how among other things, the ‘sacred middle space’, ie, the ‘wise and generous guides’ are hugely important to young people today. He noted four key trends experienced in the US today; Read more

BBC to broadcast #Synod2018 panel discussion with young people

Next week, the BBC World Service will be in Rome to record a special broadcast for its documentary series, Heart and Soul. The programme, Heart and Soul Gathering, will feature a panel of young people talking about what they want from our Church, and will be recorded with a live audience. (Tickets are free but you need to register) Read more

Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy moves to Maryvale

St Mary’s University has announced that its Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy  will be moving to Maryvale Institute to start October 22nd/23rd 2018.
The course is aimed at those working or volunteering with young people in parishes, schools, retreat centres, diocesan youth ministry projects etc,  and combines youth ministry/school chaplaincy and theology. As it is mostly delivered through distance learning, it is accessible for people in all locations.

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Youth Workers- meet the Synod Fathers on 18th July

In preparation for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, the Home Mission office is inviting all who work with young people in a Catholic context to meet with the Synod Fathers, explore the working document and share your experiences so that we can better accompany young people, particularly in their vocational discernment. Read more

Working document for Synod2018 presented

The “Instrumentum Laboris”, the working document for October’s Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, was presented this week at a press conference in Rome, by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Read more