We are delighted to be holding a Youth Ministry Conference Day - ‘Holy Daring’, exploring trends in Catholic Youth Ministry, offering practical
training & support to all involved in Youth Ministry across the Archdiocese & beyond.
This Conference is a must for all young leaders, parish youth workers, chaplains, young adult coordinators, clergy & all who serve young people
from age 10 through 30. If you volunteer or work in a parish, a school chaplaincy or another setting within the Archdiocese, we invite you to join us
for free at this conference. Other places are available at £25 per person. All places must be pre-booked by emailing
We are hosting this day at Alton Castle, as part of it’s 20th anniversary celebrations. As well as showcasing & utilise the facility, we welcome our
friends to be together for a day of motivating teaching & creative resourcing to inspire & reinvigorate our work & mission. At ‘Holy Daring’, we will
share our dreams & aspirations for our youth service in the months & years ahead.
We are all called to this mission in different ways, let us pray & reflect together on our youth ministry vision.
Archbishop Bernard Longley will join us to share his own hopes for young people to be drawn more closely to Christ & the mission of the Church.
We will conclude the day with Vigil Mass celebrated by His Grace.
David Wells is a Schools' Advisor in the Plymouth Diocese, assisting schools in their contribution to the New Evangelisation. He is a thought-provoking & inspirational international speaker who delights diverse audiences with his hilarious stories & well-observed anecdotes. With self-deprecating humour, David draws on his life as a teacher, speaker & family man to engage people.
He has spoken at over 300 conferences, from large arenas holding thousands to small groups in musty parish halls. He approaches both with equal
enthusiasm. David began his career as a teacher working with reluctant teenagers. There he learned how to teach people who were bored easily
& expected religion to be constraining. It turned out to be good training for adult education as well.
In his own words: "These days, if you have a spiritual inclination, some people expect you to be stupid, dull, extremist or creepy. In a world of
special effects and virtual reality, making the things of God relevant and real is a greater challenge than ever.”
For those of us involved in youth ministry, that challenge is one we’re very familiar with!
We are delighted to have David to encourage us at our Holy Daring Conference.
You’re welcome to join us on Friday 24th March from 8-10pm for an evening of prayer.
This will be based on the XLT model of praying with groups of young people - an intense experience of Prayer, Adoration, Worship & Reconciliation.
Accommodation will be available. A suggested donation of £20 for Bed & Breakfast, Single Rooms from £40
This provides an excellent opportunity to visit Soli, our new Centre for Youth Ministry, adjacent to Alton Castle.
This conference promises to be an excellent and worthwhile event for all those involved in Youth Ministry, working with Young People or Young Adults.
Transport options will be available from across the Diocese: Oxford; Banbury; Worcester; Coventry; Wolverhampton; Birmingham & Lichfield.
The conference poster is available to download here
The conference information flyer is available to download here