Lizzie, 25, Blackpool

Lizzie, 25, Blackpool

Faith has always been an important part of my life. I was baptised in St Kentigern’s Catholic Church, Blackpool and attended St Kentigern’s Catholic Primary School right next door...

Andy, 21, Castlerigg

Andy, 21, Castlerigg

I’m Andy, I am 21 years old and I’m originally from Hartlepool. This is my 3rd year volunteering in Youth Ministry...

Harry, 19, Preston

Harry, 19, Preston

"3 Million?! I didn’t realise there were 3 million young Catholics in the world!” This was the usual response when I told my friends and family back home about my experience of going to Krakow...

Paul, 19, Hanover, Germany — now at Castlerigg

Paul, 19, Hanover, Germany — now at Castlerigg

I became a Catholic because my parents are Catholic and my grandparents too. It was not my own decision to go to church, one that happened because of my family. It was interesting and kind of boring at the same time...

Hannah, 17, Barrow-in-Furness

Hannah, 17, Barrow-in-Furness

The ten days we spent in Kraków for World Youth Day was an amazing experience that I will never forget...

Mary, 21, Preston

Mary, 21, Preston

Being a young Catholic can sometimes be tough. I have always been firm in my faith, but a few years ago I realised that I was living separate lives...

Aoife, 20, Preston

Aoife, 20, Preston

Being a young Catholic is a wonderful rollercoaster ride, that can be fantastic and terrifying at the same time. When I look back at my faith journey over the past couple of years, I can’t help but be astounded...

Tom, 18, Castlerigg

Tom, 18, Castlerigg

My mum once told me that you know a religion is strong when you can have a good laugh at it...

Anna, 18, Preston

Anna, 18, Preston

Being a young Catholic today can often be a struggle in a world where increasingly more people do not associate themselves with any religion...

Alex, 21, Castlerigg

Alex, 21, Castlerigg

For many years, seeing people filled with joy and happiness terrified me. All the calmness and wisdom radiating from them seemed to be alarming and very suspicious...

Anke, 23, Castlerigg

Anke, 23, Castlerigg

November 2011: the feast of Christ the King. I had made the decision that I wanted to be a Christian just a few months ago, inspired by people in a non-denominational church...

Claire, 18, Whitehaven

Claire, 18, Whitehaven

The main thing that I have discovered being a young Catholic today is that I am not alone. There is a whole world out there full of young Catholics just like me!

Lauren, 19, Fleetwood

Lauren, 19, Fleetwood

The other day I came across a passage within the Bible from Luke which stated, ‘He astonished the crowds’, and unexpectedly it got me thinking more deeper about the message God was wanting to give to me...

Misha, 22, Castlerigg

Misha, 22, Castlerigg

Hi, my name is Misha. I was born in Ukraine and at a young age my parents got divorced, and my father died shortly after that. Life wasn’t very pleasant at the beginning and so much pressure for my mother...

Beth, 16, Poulton

Beth, 16, Poulton

When Father Collins first talked to me about the opportunity to go to Lourdes as a volunteer in July this year it was something that vaguely interested me...

Alice, 16, Barrow

Alice, 16, Barrow

My faith has always been a part of my life. I've been brought up in a Catholic family. I've been baptised, confirmed and made my Holy Communion. I've attended a Catholic primary and secondary school and I've always gone to Church. I always enjoyed and appreciated my faith without truly understanding it...

Olivia, 13, Blackpool

Olivia, 13, Blackpool

My name is Olivia and I am 13 years of age. I live in Blackpool with my mother. When I was younger we lived with my grandparents and aunties and uncles so I have always been part of a big family and I am very close to them...

Tom, 19, Thornton

Tom, 19, Thornton

One of the things that I have discovered is that there is a lot of hope in the Church. Recently I have been on a Lourdes preparation weekend and I have found many like-minded young people...

Jonny, 23, Preston

Jonny, 23, Preston

Young people today face many challenges, not least in the way other people in society perceive them, and the number of initiatives for young people that have borne the brunt of government funding cuts...