Faith in Jesus Christ breathes new life into our being. Like a gentle breeze, greeted by the morning sun, rooting our lives in Him is refreshing and gives us hope for the future. Life is seen with new eyes, illuminated by the light of God’s eternal love for us.
Through Christ, we see that life is more than merely a succession of events, but rather it is the pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful. He challenges us to break free of our sins and the empty promises of the world, and to achieve greatness.
In this mission to greatness, God calls each of us to take up our responsibilities and support each other in the relentless pursuit of holiness, so that, one day, we may join him and live forever in Paradise.
Helping young people pursue the true, the good and the beautiful found in Christ, because each of us is made for greatness.
A diocese full of young people who are faithful Catholics and active in the Church, working towards becoming the saints and role models of the 21st century.
The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry (DOWYM) is the youth department of the Diocese of Westminster. It is based at the beautiful grounds of Waxwell House, in London, and operates with two teams: the SPEC retreat team and the Outreach team.
Outreach + SPEC = DOWYM
SPEC was established in 1993 and is led by a core community which runs day and residential retreats for school pupils from across the diocese. They are responsible for Retreats and Bookings, as well as looking after the Facilities.
The Outreach team was established in 2013 and focuses on parish engagement, building networks and creating events across the diocese and beyond. It is primarily responsible for Programmes, youth group Resources, formation articles, news and promoting Events and Groups in the diocese.
Both DOWYM teams operate independently of one another, but do partner and support each other when the occasion requires it.
In bringing our Vision to life, we employ a strategy that includes the following approaches:
- Develop parish youth ministry
- Run retreats for young people
- Support our youth leaders
- Nurture young people in their personal development
- Bring together the various voices in the diocese
- Inform the world
In bringing our Vision to life, the first thing we needed to do was to know the stages of formation young people would need to go through to be well formed, active and joyful young Catholics.
Westminster Youth Ministry is located on a beautiful plot of land in Pinner, London. The area was historically called Waxwell Farm, and consists of seven acres of garden, the SPEC Retreat Centre and the Outreach team; and the residential complex – The Newman Building.
The team is based at Waxwell House and consists of both the Outreach team and the SPEC community.
Waxwell House, 125 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, London, HA5 3EP
(Nearest tube station: Pinner)
firstname.lastname@example.org (CYM); email@example.com (SPEC)
02037 572 516 (CYM); 02037 572 500 (SPEC)