Joining Hamish MacQueen (Director of Diocesan Youth Service) and Catherine, (Cat) Williams (Team Leader) is Fr Luke Goymour and Ciaran Losasso.
FrLukehas been appointed full-time chaplain to the Diocesan Youth Service, and much of his ministry will be as part of the Ignite Team. He is particularly excited about visiting young people in their parishes.
“We are a Mission Team," he said. "That sense of being ‘sent’ to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central to our make-up.It’s a real privilege to be sent into parishes and schools to share with the young people of our diocese the best news ever – That God loves them, and wants to have a relationship with them!"
Also joining Fr Luke is Ciaran Losasso who comes from Norwich and became more involved in youth work in the Diocese after World Youth Day in 2016. He joined the volunteer "Ignite Lite' team and from there became a full-time member as a "gap year' after studying history at UEA.
"I feel that it is a great blessing to be given this opportunity to serve young people and the Church on the Ignite Team," said Ciaran when asked about taking on this new role.
"It is so special to be able to play just a part in helping others to encounter Jesus and the Good News that He brings, and that we all so desperately need in our lives. It is even more of a privilege to be able to do this among the people and places I grew up around."
As members of the Ignite Team, they will continue to spread the Gospel message throughout the Diocese of East Anglia working in both parishes and schools running retreat days, youth groups and Confirmation / First Holy Communion classes.
They will also continue to run events such as the Ignite Festival and other events they are planning to launch throughout 2017 and 2018. Having Fr Luke as part of the Ignite Team also enables them to offer greater availability of the Sacraments such as Youth Masses.
"We are really blessed to have such a strong team this year and I am so excited about what we are able to do in bringing the Gospel message to young people in East Anglia," said Hamish.
If you would like the Ignite Team to come to your school or parish, do get in touch.
Pictured above, the new-look Ignite team, fromthe left, Ciaran Losasso, CatWilliams, Hamish MacQueen andFr Luke Goymour.