Friday, 3 June 2011

Invocation Festival 2011

Rowena Grunwell reports: After last year’s unprecedented success, Invocation Festival will be returning to St. Mary’s College, Oscott in Birmingham from Friday the 17th to Sunday 19th of June 2011.

Young People gather at Invocation 2010
Invocation is a national event open to all young people between the ages of 16 – 35 who are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ, especially if they are open to the possibility of discerning their vocation to the Priesthood or religious life.

The festival provides the opportunity to meet other young people who are seeking to discern God’s will for their lives without the usual distractions, to learn more about the faith through group discussions and catechesis, as well as times for daily prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Confession. There will also be guest speakers at various points of the weekend to impart their words of wisdom.

From my own experience there last year I can honestly say that Invocation is a life-changing event – there is nothing as encouraging as being in a safe, friendly environment of other young Catholic adults with the sole purpose of sharing our faith, and having the widest variety of priests and religious available to offer guidance and support.

A quote from one of the attendees last year sums up the nature of the event perfectly:
“I experienced space and time to hear and listen. I immediately built a friendship with someone walking by. Nobody had an agenda and it was very laid back and informal.” - Andy

For more information about Invocation 2011 go to http://www.invocation.org.uk/

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