Diocesan Youth event ‘encouraging’ -Bishop McKeown

The  Bishop of Derry, Most Rev. Donal McKeown, pictured with John McAreavey, keynote speaker at the Diocesan Youth Ministry Conference held at Thornhill College. Also included, are Yvonne Rooney, youth coordinator, Sean Mullan, chair of the Diocesan Youth Commission and Fr Paul Farren, administrator, St Eugene's Cathedral.

The Bishop of Derry, Most Rev. Donal McKeown, pictured with John McAreavey, keynote speaker at the Diocesan Youth Ministry Conference held at Thornhill College. Also included, are Yvonne Rooney, youth coordinator, Sean Mullan, chair of the Diocesan Youth Commission and Fr Paul Farren, administrator, St Eugene's Cathedral.

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A total of 150 delegates attended last weekend’s Diocesan Youth Ministry Conference held in Thornhill College, Derry.

Representatives from parishes, schools, and youth groups came together with clergy, religious and young people to plan the way forward with regard to developing faith opportunities for young people at parish level.

Keynote John McAreavey told those gathered: “God has given us all an abundance of skills, it’s up to us as leaders in our parishes and organisations to ensure that we gather the right mix of these skills to create a vibrant and energetic church.”

Speaking about creating the Michaela Foundation for young girls, John said he wanted to promote a lifestyle which was embodied by a Life without Limits ethos, meaning you can live a life full of happiness, fun and inspiration with faith in God as your core foundation.

Bishop Donal McKeown added: “This was a most encouraging event where young people and practitioners shared their enthusiasm and skills in the ministry of bringing good news to young people in a stressful world. The best ministry to young people is not necessarily carried out by those who have expertise or qualifications in the area. It comes from committed and generous believers who will share their infectious joy of the Gospel.”