Nearly 9,000 young Catholics from across the country will attend the FLAME 2019 youth event at The SSE Arena, Wembley this Saturday (2nd March), supported by Catenians.
Since its launch in 2013, Flame (which takes place every two years) has gone from strength to strength to become the largest event of its kind in the UK. It is organised by CYMFed (the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation), a group of Catholic organisations across England and Wales with a specific purpose of working with young people.
Speakers and special guests for 2019 include Archbishop Eamonn Martin, Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community, and American Pastor Robert Madu. Also appearing are Emma Borquaye who is the co-founder of the blog Girl got Faith, and her husband Guvna B, a Christian rapper.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘significance’. According to CYMFed: “We are in a world where it’s easy to feel constrained to measure self-esteem in Twitter and Instagram ‘likes’, responses to Facebook status updates and Snapchat conversations. We hope that Flame 2019 offers a fresh depth of perspective for young people.”
Over the years, Catenians have been instrumental in supporting Flame and raising money for the event. Father Dermott Donnelly, chair of CYMFed and part of the team responsible for Flame, said: “We’ve been very fortunate to build up a great relationship with Catenians. We wouldn’t be able to put Flame on if it wasn’t for them and their generosity. There’s that great saying, you’ve got the enthusiasm of youth and the wisdom of age. I think that can be celebrated at Flame.”
Past Grand President David Rowley who represents the Catenians on the board of CYMfed said: “Our work with Flame is part of a long tradition of supporting young people. Flame is a fantastic event and I am delighted the Catenian Bursary fund are taking part on the main stage which will offer so many opportunities for young people to make a difference.” https://cymfed.org.uk/flame2019/