The latest edition of Come and See – the biennial conference organised by Liverpool Archdiocese's Irenaeus Project – inspired delegates from across the country to live the radical Christianity demanded of the Gospel during an uplifting October weekend in Southport.
The conference took place on 14/15 October at Christ the King High School, Southport, where participants came from as far afield as Ireland to be challenged and nourished in their faith.
The 2017 edition, at its simplest level, was an opportunity to think and pray. However, the programme contained numerous highlights including a keynote speaker in Father Timothy Radcliffe, the Dominican preacher; music and prayer from worship leader Jo Boyce; and workshops led by expert voices such as Father Dermot Donnelly, from Catholic Youth Ministry Federation.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated Mass on the Sunday, the culmination of a conference that sought to help people make connections between faith and life.
One delegate called it a 'profoundly thought-provoking, rich experience full of hope' while Fr Timothy Radcliffe's contribution earned high praise: 'amazing, challenging, exciting, exceptional and brilliant'.
According to another participant, Come and See left them 'ready to face whatever the world has to throw at me, knowing God is on my side'.