Howard, 17, Lancaster

‘Being a young Catholic today’. The first thing to remember about such a statement is that, in terms of faith, age really is just a number. Whether you’re 8 or 80, your faith is equally important. However, the truth about youth is that we do have it differently in society. I have only a small group of friends that live close by who are Catholics, which means that my social interactions with people of faith are limited. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way, because the specified gatherings for young Catholics such as Castlerigg retreats, pilgrimages to Lourdes, among other activities, provide young Catholics like myself with the opportunity to realise that I am not alone. We all have different lives: different hometowns, accents, career paths, futures, all heading in multiple directions. But God is what has bound us all together. I believe fully that my time surrounded by other young Catholics has helped me to develop my confidence in proclaiming my faith, as well as strengthening my relationship with God. Realising that I am not the only young
Catholic out there has given me the amazing gift of freedom.