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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

Pastoral Congress at St Mary’s for parish, home, school and workplace

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is presenting a two-day festival of theology and faith at the service of the Gospel in the parish, school, home and workplace.

A weekend ticket is £70, and a Day Pass is £40. Student prices are £25 a day. Places  can be booked online. Limited on-campus accommodation is available – enquire about this please contact

For more information about this event please contact   Download a poster:  Pastoral Review Congress 2018

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‘Complex Catholicism’ report offers valuable insights for youth workers

Bishop Hudson with Camino House team, Stephen Davies, Danny Curtin
and Matthew van Duyvenbode

Over 70 representatives from Catholic youth organisations and religious orders attended the launch this week of ‘Complex Catholicism’, an new study from the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and strategy consultancy Camino House, into the shifting dynamics in the faith and life of Catholic young adults in England and Wales. Bishop Nicholas Hudson was present at the event at Romero House, Southwark, representing Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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Register your groups by 11th June for Adoremus Youth

As part of Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress being held in Liverpool in September 2018, a youth event is taking place on Saturday 8th June, at the Echo Arena near the famous Liverpool waterfront. This will be a superb day,  with over 1000 young people from all over the UK gathered to explore the theme ‘I am the Bread of Life’, and enjoy music, activities and each other’s company. Read more

Teachers’ Retreat with David Wells: July 2018

A retreat is a wonderful way to end a term, and it’s great to see one specially for teachers. The Briars in Matlock, Derbyshire, is offering a retreat from 6th – 8th July 2018,  led by the superb David Wells, who many of you will know from Flame congresses.

It’s going to be a hugely popular event, so contact them ASAP if you’d like to go. Email or phone 01773 852 044


Flame 2019 – Online booking now OPEN!

The Flame Congress gets bigger and even more amazing very time, so you really don’t want to miss Flame2019.  Held again at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on 2nd March 2019, Flame2019 is likely to attract 10,000 young people from around the country, and is aimed primarily at school years 10-13.

The new online booking system is now open, and booking early gets you a cheaper Earlybird price, and seats nearest to the action, Over 3,500 tickets have been booked in the first week,  so get on it now! Book on the CYMFed website.

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Explore our ‘Sacred Lands’ on new pilgrimage programme

The Salesians in Britain and Ireland have just launched a new series of programmes together,  to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland.  The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018. You’ll walk timeless Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway – but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon!  Read more

What did young people say at the Pre-synodal meeting in Rome?

The final document produced from listening to young people at the pre-synodal meeting in Rome from 19th – 24th March 2018, was presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, and has been published by the Vatican. The meeting was attended by more than 300 young people from all over the world, and a further 15,000 took part online through the Facebook groups set up for the event. It is a fascinating document, which gives the Bishops plenty of insight into the realities of life, faith and vocational discernment for young people today. You can read it in full here, but for now, here are a couple of extracts:


It is important at the outset to clarify the parameters of this document. It is neither to compose a theological treatise, nor is it to establish new Church teaching. Rather, it is a statement reflecting the specific realities, personalities, beliefs and experiences of the young people of the world. This document is destined for the Synodal Fathers. This is to give the Bishops a compass, pointing towards a clearer understanding of young people: a navigational aid for the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018. It is important that these experiences be viewed and understood according to the various contexts in which young people are situated.

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