A group of 14 year 9s and 10s went out on Friday to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for a conference on ‘consecrated life’. This was part of the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’ which has been called by Pope Francis and which had inspired various events across the country. The idea is to expose young people to the idea of religious life as an alternative to other career paths they might be considering. Our trip followed an input by various religious sisters and priests to our year 13 in General RE.
The day in Liverpool was hosted by brothers, sisters and priests from all the main religious orders such as the Dominicans, Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Benedictines, to name but a few. Inputs enabled young people to find out more about their backgrounds and motivation and there were also workshops and stalls giving more information about the work they do and where they do it. The morning was interspersed with music and video, during which the young people were encouraged to ‘strut their stuff’, at one stage following the lead of a full habited Dominican priest! There was also an input from Abbot Christopher Jamison who is the national coordinator of vocations and also the star of a BBC series called The Monastery.
All of this took place in what is perhaps the most modern and visually stunning cathedral in the country. It was an interesting day and one which really opened our eyes to what religious life is like.