In bringing our Vision to life, we employ a strategy that includes the following approaches:
Develop parish youth ministry
At the heart of our mission is the determination to support the development of an active and sustainable parish youth ministry programme throughout our diocese. This involves working closely with parish leadership teams to help build active youth and young adult communities in their parishes.
Run retreats for young people
We are dedicated to providing a space for children and young people to retreat from the busyness of daily life in order reflect on – and hopefully experience – the presence of God in their lives. At our SPEC Retreat Centre, we deliver on a range of day and residential retreat programmes.
Support our youth leaders
Westminster has talented, passionate youth leaders scattered across the diocese, working in our parishes, helping young people to grow in their relationship with Christ and mature in their faith. We work to support these leaders through personal meetings, mentoring programmes, training schemes and general encouragement.
Nurture young people in their personal development
Nurturing the saints and role models of the 21st century requires a holistic approach. We tackle this with our SPEC retreat centre for young people in both a school and parish setting, the development of a comprehensive formation support structure – including a dedicated section on our website called ‘Discover’, organising and supporting events focusing on youth and their formative years through training programmes and pilgrimages e.g. World Youth Day.
Bring together the various voices in the diocese
The Archdiocese of Westminster is unique given the rich and diverse nature of its growing multi-national constituency. The very size of the diocese, stretching as it does from central London to Hertfordshire, certainly presents young Catholics with many opportunities and challenges when wishing to share their faith with others. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult for young people to appreciate where they can meet like-minded Catholics and benefit for from the vast range of charisms available. We are uniquely placed to provide signposts and support for this ever-growing population of young Catholics.
Inform the world
As the Universal Church, we feel it is right for us to build bridges with everyone around the world. Because of that, our website is regularly updated with news, blogs and other sections, keeping visitors up-to-date with what we’re doing and our future plans.