A group of staff and pupils joined together with other young people from the Shrewsbury Diocese to take part in Flame 2, the National Congress for Catholic Young Adults, which was held at a packed Wembley Arena.
The conference was organised by CYMFed, a federation of Catholic organisations across England and Wales, with the aim of inspiring young people and engaging them further with their faith.
The speakers included Cardinal Luis Tagle from Manila, Philippines; Baroness Sheila Hollins; Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP; and David Wells, a speaker from the Plymouth Diocese. The music on the day was led by Christian singer/songwriter Matt Redman.
Mrs Lisa Baillie from Saint Paul’s said: “This was the second Flame conference held by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation. It is the biggest Catholic youth event to be held in this country. It really worked well in reenergising the pupils’ interest in their faith and their passion for God. It is easy to get too busy and distracted in life, to forget the joy and energy that faith gives; the conference, with its buzz and excitement, gave our faith an extra push and prominence and provided some perspective of what’s important in life.”
“It was a superb event; the Arena was filled with over 10,000 young people from across the country, receiving faith-filled inspiration from world class speakers,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The speakers were able to engage really well with our pupils and their message encouraged them to explore their faith within themselves and with others.”