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Chance to attend Flame at Wembley and youth retreat

Two exciting youth events are coming up in the next few weeks – the Flame Congress at Wembley and the first of a new series of youth retreats in Brandon.

The largest Catholic youth event in the country: ‘Flame Congress,’ is back at Wembley SSE Arena on March 2 and the Diocesan Youth Service is running a coach to the event.

Youth director, Hamish MacQueen, said: “This is a great celebration of Catholic faith, in a vibrant atmosphere, full of joy, with content presented in a way which resonates for young people.”

This year Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, will be giving exclusive video input. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, will be sharing his experience of the October Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Offering a very different style of input will be the rapper Guvna B, and his wife Emma, who will speak into the issue of stress, mental health and wellbeing for our young people, as will Robert Madu, who is flying in from Texas.

Using material directly from Adoremus, RISE Theatre will present the powerful drama “Jesus is here” as an introduction to Adoration, which will be led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in the presence of almost all the Bishops of England and Wales. Music throughout the day will be animated by Tim Hughes, composer of “Here I am to worship.”

The Diocesan Youth Service East Anglia will be taking a group with coaches picking people up from various points across the Diocese.  Tickets are £25 which includes subsidised transport. To book your place go to: www.rcdea.org.uk/youth/.

The Ignite Team is launching a new series of retreats entitled ‘Discipleship Days’ for all those aged 16 – 35 who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. 

The first one to be run this year will take place in Brandon on February 23, beginning at 10am and finishing by 5pm.  Discipleship Days are free of charge.  More information will be posted at www.rcdea.org.uk/youth once available, or contact Catherine Williams at: igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk. Under 18s must have a completed parental consent form with Catherine.

Pictured top is rapper Guvna B who will be part of the Flame event at Wembley.