The Adoremus Conference held in Liverpool in September continues to impact on participants. Read the experience of James, a student at All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield.
On Saturday, 8 September, myself and other students from my school, All Saints Catholic High in Sheffield, St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield and McAuley Catholic High School School in Doncaster attended the Adoremus Youth event in Liverpool.
We left All Saints School at 8am with students from my school and St Mary’s, and we drove to Doncaster to pick up students from McAuley School. In total the journey took about 3 hours and we were all excited to see what the day would bring. We were looking forward to meeting other young people who would be there.
When we arrived at the Echo Arena we began the morning with an opening Liturgy which was very prayerful and a lovely way to open the day. This continued throughout the day with lots of beautiful songs of praise to God. We had a lovely warm welcome from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, followed by the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon. We then listened to a wonderful speaker, Katie Prejean McGrady from America, who spoke to us about the Eucharist and the power of God. After Katie we listened to a testimony from Pippa Baker.
Later in the day we split into streams and I was in the age group 13-15 years where we discussed about whether we thought things were right or wrong and talked about the struggles we face in day to day life; and how God helps us to overcome those struggles and is by our side every step of the way so we have someone to turn to when we need to. This was great to discuss and we all had a great time during our streams.
After this we had a short break and then we went back to the main auditorium to take part in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which was led by Bishop Ralph. I found this to be a very important part of the day, a very prayerful time when I could feel the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. There were long pauses during the readings so we could reflect on what was being said.
We had the opportunity to go to the sacrament of reconciliation during exposition which I took. There were a number of priests around the outside of the auditorium. At one stage there was an appeal for more priests as there were hundreds of young people wanting to go to confession.
I had a wonderful, prayerful day where I made many new friends from other schools that attended Adoremus. We were sad to leave as we would have liked to stay longer. I am glad I went to Adoremus Youth Congress 2018 and I look forward to going again and attending other youth events in the future.