John McAreavey to speak at Derry youth ministry conference

John McAreavey addressing the congregation at St Eugenes Cathedral earlier this year. DER1915MC062
John McAreavey addressing the congregation at St Eugenes Cathedral earlier this year. DER1915MC062
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The husband of Michaela Harte will be the keynote speaker at next Saturday’s conference on youth ministry in Derry.

John McAreavey who previously gave a moving speech at the Little Way Novena in St. Eugene’s Cathedral earlier this year will speak at the event which will take place in Thonrhill College on Saturday, October 24.

The theme of the conference is ‘Developing Faith in our Young People’ and its central focus will be the creation of parish opportunities for youth ministry.

Bishop Donal McKeown will open the Conference and celebrate the Eucharist and this will be followed by a number of workshops on subjects such as he Pope John Paul II Award, Youth Choirs, SVP, Youth Alpha and Youth Pilgrimages including information on the upcoming Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

Youth Link NI will present details of training opportunities for all conference delegates and the Derry Youth Community will share their vision as well as provide information on what they offer to schools and parishes.

This will be a key event for adults interested in developing opportunities for young people to grow in faith and it will also be beneficial to parish pastoral councils and steering groups.

Young people aged 15-18 are also invited to attend the Conference. The Derry Youth Community, a group of five young people living in community and serving in Youth Ministry through the schools and parishes in the Diocese will deliver a parallel programme for part of the day with this key group.

The fee for the conference which includes lunch and refreshments, is £20 or €27. Young people aged 15-18 will attend the conference free of charge.

Booking is essential. For a booking form please contact Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre +4428 71264087 or email ddcc@derrydiocese.org