There are quite a few retreats, conferences and prayer festivals coming up this summer for young Catholics who fall roughly into the ’16 to 35′ category. I’ve copied below details about just four that I have come across recently. If you know about any others please add them into the comments. If you are bored, rich, and slightly too fervent for your own good, then I think you can manage to go from one to the other almost without returning home.
The video here is for World Youth Day Rio:
Bright Lights 2013: World Youth Day @ Home, 26 to 29 July
Brightlights is an annual Catholic young adults festival open to anyone between the ages of 16- 30. In the past 13 years it has grown from being a diocesan festival to serving most of the South East of England and further afield.
In 2013 we are joining forces with many dioceses to give you an experience of World Youth Day at home.
The theme of World Youth Day this year is ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples – Mt 28:19’.
This theme will be explored through the weekend with talks from world-class speakers, workshops from international organisations and a wide choice of seminars.
Please see the World Youth Day Rio website for a discussion of the theme:
The Faith Movement, Summer Conference, 29 July to 2 Aug
“Friendship with God – the Meaning of Following Christ “
Woldingham School, Surrey. . Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August 2013
Age range: 16-35
Five days of talks, discussion, prayer and socialising.
The full cost of a booking for the 2013 Conference is £155 with a reduced student/unwaged rate of £130. The cost includes full board with all meals. As ever we rely on the generosity of benefactors to be able to provide a reduced student rate and therefore we would encourage those who can afford to pay a little extra to be as generous as possible.To enable everyone to have an opportunity to attend further subsidies can often be arranged for those in genuine financial hardship. Should you wish to be considered for a subsidised place please telephone 0141 945 0393,email us or contact Ann McCallion at 9, Herma Street, Cadder, Glasgow G23 5AP.To avoid disappointment you are encouraged to book your place as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. The Booking form is to be found below and Absolutely no places will be booked without a completed booking form. To avoid delay, e-mail the form to us. Once your booking form has been received you will be sent the programme for the Summer Conference and an information sheet with all the practical and travel details you will need.Closing date for Bookings – Monday 15th July 2013
( Places reserved but not paid for by this date will be offered to people on the waiting list.) .Scottish Coach details can be obtained from Ann McCallion
Explaining the Catholic Faith in the Modern World
THE 6TH ANNUAL EVANGELIUM CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD 2TH – 4TH AUGUST 2013, THE READING ORATORY SCHOOL
Young adults (18 to 35) are invited to attend the sixth Evangelium weekend residential conference on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world:
- dynamic talks by excellent speakers
- mix with other young people who share your faith
- discuss and talk informally with our speakers
- daily Mass and eucharistic adoration
- opportunities for confession
- relax in the beautiful grounds
- opportunities for sport and evening entertainment
The Conference is organised by the Evangelium Project and sponsored by the Catholic Truth Society. Confirmed speakers for 2013:
Rt Rev. Mark Davies – Bishop of Shrewsbury
Fr Jerome Bertram – Oxford Oratory
Dr James Bogle – Chairman of the Catholic Union
Joanna Bogle – Writer and BroadcasterDr Alan Fimister – International Theological Institute
Fr John Hermer – Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, Allen Hall Seminary
Fr Marcus Holden – Maryvale Tutor, Custodian of the National Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate
Fr Reto Nay – Founder of Gloria TV
Dr William Newton – International Theological Institute
Fr Andrew Pinsent – Faculty of Theology, Oxford University, and formerly a Physicist at CERN
Fr Nicholas Schofield – Parish Priest, Historian and Archivist of Westminster Archdiocese
Dr Joseph Shaw – Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
Fr Ed Tomlinson – Priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Sr Mary Trinity – Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT)
Youth 2000, Walsingham Festival, 22 to 26 August
GET READY FOR
The biggest annual Catholic Youth Event in the UK… Get ready for a fresh experience of faith and friendship… Get ready for Kingdom Come @ Walsingham: Sunshine, Tents, Adoration, Worship, Engaging talks, Silence, Saints, Workshops, Sports and more. Join over 1,000 young adults 16-30 to experience the love and power of God in your love, as we pray: Your will be done God!
The event is primarily for young people between the ages of 16 and 25, although it is open to young adults up to aged 35. All under 18 year olds will need a completed parental consent form which will be available in the next few days, and send in along with your donations.
The Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6AL, UK
There will be separate free accommodation available for men and women – you just need to bring a sleeping bag, roll-mat and wash kit.
Suggested donation is £100 per person to cover the cost of the retreat (this includes all meals / refreshments, accommodation, a small donation is offered to the speakers and workshop leaders, equipment, insurance and resources).
Further Information: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7221 2124.