the basics

What is Youth 2000?

Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic church. It does this primarily through weekend prayer festivals, where young people are introduced to the essentials of the catholic faith: Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, scripture, devotion to Our Lady. These festivals are opportunities for young people to experience the love of God, to receive the grace of conversion and to begin living anew the Christian life.

What is its role in the church?

Youth 2000 has been active in youth ministry in the UK for the last 20 years, and has played its part in the new evangelisation of this time. We have been delighted and privileged to welcome many members of the hierarchy to our events, including Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Kevin MacDonald, and Bishop Thomas McMahon. Youth 2000 was even mentioned in Pope John Paul II’s ad limina address to the Bishops of England and Wales in 2003. Fr Stephen Wang is the chaplain to Youth 2000.

What are its arrangements for priests who wish to come to a Youth 2000 event?

Priests are warmly welcomed at our events. We would be delighted if you brought with you a group of young people from your parish, and wished to concelebrate at Mass or hear confessions.

If you are planning on attending, it would be very helpful if you could let the National Office know in advance. If we do not know you personally, we ask you to bring a celebret with you.

What are its arrangements for child protection?

Youth 2000 is a member of CSAS – the national agency for safeguarding within the Catholic church in England and Wales.  Child protection is a high priority at all Youth 2000 events, and a child protection officer is appointed for every event. A copy of our child protection policy, which has been approved by CSAS, can be requested from the National Office.

What is the age range for Youth 2000 events?

Youth 2000 events are designed for young people between the ages of 16 and 35. However, young people either side of this age range are also welcome to attend. Those under 16 require a parent/guardian to accompany them. Please note that we are only able to offer accommodation on site to attendees who are 35 or under.

What about families?

Families are always very welcome! Please contact us to let us know you are coming and we can make the necessary arrangements.