Youth 2000 Summer Festivals coming up in Ireland and the UK

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Take a look at this video about the Youth 2000 experience. It’s made by the Irish team, but it represents the spirit of Youth 2000 wherever you are in the world. If you are a parish priest, youth worker, teacher, or parent, please do advertise the forthcoming events (details below) over the next few days.

The young people in the video seem radically different from their peers. They are hopeful, joyful, and brave. What they all have in common is that they attended a Youth 2000 retreat, and found something there, amidst the noise and craic and chat, which spoke to their hearts and invited them to a higher purpose.

Our young people are starved of purpose. Consumerism and the entertainment industry invite them to nothing more than passivity. They are starved also of sincere, uncynical joy. So when they encounter a community bubbling over with real joy, and are invited to become nothing less than saints, they respond with generosity. ‘Life itself is on offer’, says one of the participants in the video, and when youth culture proposes mere existence, Christ’s offer of ‘life to the full’ becomes all the more luminous, all the more inviting.

The Irish Summer Festival is taking place this weekend, between 14th-17th August 2014, in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary – for ages 16-35. To find out about free bus routes and further info see here:

The UK Summer Festival takes place next weekend (21 to 25 August). Details here and below.

What? A 5-day outdoor Festival, including engaging international speakers, live music, workshops, discussions, prayer, sports, social times, evening entertainment and loads more.

Where? Walsingham, The National Shrine of Our Lady, Norfolk NR22 6AL. There are coaches travelling from various parts of the country – see the website.

Who? Youth 2000 events are primarily for 16-30 year olds. However, we welcome people up to 35. We also welcome families and have a separate family camping field.

Cost? The cost is £100 per person. This covers marquee accommodation, all meals and entrance into the festival. The event is donation-only, so if you cannot pay the full amount we ask you to give what you can. If you can give more, this will help towards a place for someone else.

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Br Conor McDonough

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Br Conor McDonough OP is a student in the Irish Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Some of his posts were first published at They are re-posted here with permission.

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