Monday, 7 April 2008
Many stories of past Celebrate conferences had reached our ears...but none of them could hope to give us a picture of this year's experience. This annual family conference held by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal didn't take its usual form this year. But the SPES students still went and joined about 100 young adults, age 18-25, at Worth Abbey for "Joel's Bar."
We arrived at the abbey, just south of London, the evening of Easter Sunday and pitched in with the preparation efforts which were already underway. Spending time with the organising team was such a blessing. It was a way to see the prayer and effort that went on "behind the scene."
The week was great. We really didn't have a whole lot of responsibilities during the day (we weren't too disappointed about that) so we were able to participate like everyone else. Worth Abbey is beautiful (a very modern-style church!) and seemed to work out perfectly as the site for this conference. The music was inspiring, the talks gave us something to mull over and the prayer lifted us all to seek God more and more. Each day seemed to build on the previous, especially with the series of talks each of us chose at the beginning of the week. I picked the Love and Responsibility track which offered some practical information on Cardinal Wojtyla's book and also some great group discussion.
Being part of this gathering of young, charismatic Catholics was a very moving experience. I think the best part was enjoying the encouragement and company of other young Catholics who are putting Christ at the center of their lives as well.
On behalf of all the students, thank you to all who help to put on Joel's Bar! It was great meeting you all and we were definitely inspired by your love for the faith!
Posted by Jenny at 2:30 pm