‘Embrace what makes us different and special in God’s eyes’ this was the message from Archbishop Malcolm to the hundreds of young people from across the country who gathered in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King to celebrate the Embrace-Liverpool conference for young people.
The Archbishop said that the choice of the name ‘Embrace’ for the day had been inspired because we are called to ‘embrace each other, to embrace what we have in common’. He also encouraged delegates to get to know what God has intended for us as the purpose of our journey in faith is to discover.
Earlier in the day the speakers included Father Dermot Donnelly, Chair of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation who spoke about the ‘adventure of evangelisation’ and Sister Catherine Holum, a Franciscan Sister of the Renewal from the USA, who competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics as a member of the US Speed Skating Team, who spoke of her commitment to service to God and the poor. Lord David Alton led a workshop on the theme of persecution of Christians around the world ‘Paying a price for Faith’.
The day had been the brainchild of LIPA student, John Griffin, who had spent most of his summer organising the event, bringing together impressive speakers and workshop leaders and, on the day, gathering young people from across the country for praise, worship and discussion. At the end of Mass Archbishop Malcolm called John to the front to thank him for all his hard work saying that he himself had been hugely uplifted by what he had seen and experienced. An exhausted John declared himself tired but very happy with the day.