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Young adults have a huge amount to offer the Church, in how it lives the Gospel authentically in the modern world and as it looks for new ways to challenge today's social and ecological problems.

We want to unlock this potential by building community and forming and empowering the next generation of Church leaders.

“An evangelising community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others” Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium #25

 “Albeit in a different way from earlier generations, social commitment is a specific feature of today’s young people”

2018 Synod Final Document, #46

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Our Projects

We develop projects that support young adults in creating networks and communities of fellow Catholics, especially those who have a particular sensitivity to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.

Below are a handful of these projects that we’re working on at the moment, all of which are at varying stages. If you want to know more, or collaborate on any new ventures with us, please get in touch below!

Synod Fruits

The 2018 Synod on youth and the subsequent apostolic exhortation have a huge amount to say about how we bring young people into the ongoing renewal of the Church. This project hopes to share this and start to think about how we implement it in our Church in England and Wales. Check out our site and resources here!
 

Intergenerational Accompaniment

Following on from our young adult weekends and the intergenerational ‘People, Faith and Justice’ project we’re looking to develop a three year intergenerational accompaniment program.

Calais Exposure Trips

We’re coordinating groups of young adults wanting to learn more about what is happening in Calais and the surrounding areas after the destruction of the ‘Jungle’ as well as giving them the opportunity to spend some days volunteering with aid organisations on the ground.

FMD Weekends

For the last three years a group of young adults have come together to create community and think about what it means to be a missionary disciple. We’ve looked at Evangelii Gaudium, the approach of St Aidan of Lindisfarne and the 2018 Synod working document.

About Us

We’re simply a group of young adults who used to spend a lot of time complaining about the lack of opportunities for young adults in the Church.  One day it struck us that we should do something about it. We encountered many people who shared our desire to come together to better understand and act upon our mission in this world as Christians, particularly in relation to those who are poor and vulnerable. Too often they felt isolated and disconnected from others, so we set about doing what we could to try to rectify this. Since then we’ve been greatly enthused by the direction of Francis’ pontificate and in particular the outcomes of the 2018 synod.

At the moment Chris, Adam and Phil oversee and coordinate the project, as you can see we’re not a very diverse bunch, but there have been many people involved in this story so far, and we hope it will carry on that way. We’re always looking for people to get involved, to join us, work with us, collaborate with us, advise us and help us discover new ways to create community, respond to those who are suffering and ultimately live the Gospel as young adults in today's world. If you’re interested or just want to know more - get in touch!

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Chris Knowles

Chris is currently the FMD project coordinator (whatever that means). He’s given himself this title after he recently left his job in the CAFOD education team to devote more time to this project. In the past he’s worked for dozens of Catholic charities and organisations, either in a voluntary, freelance or employed capacity. Recently he got part way into a PhD on the Argentinian theological influences on Pope Francis until ill health and a lack of funding got in the way.

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Adam O’Boyle

For nearly 10 years Adam was the Executive Director of Hub Ventures, based in Oxford, founding and supporting charities and social enterprises. Since then he has spent some time  as a Jesuit novice, but now finds himself in a self directed time of formation, doing research at the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, discerning (often badly, he claims) the signs of the times around the future of church, spirituality, community.

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Phil Callaghan

Phil has a long association with the Young Christian Workers movement including seven years as National President in England and Wales. He now sits on the Training Commission of the International Coordination of YCW. He is based in Manchester and works for the Xaverian Missionaries at the Mission Spirituality Centre in Preston. He splits his free time between supporting FMD projects and treading the boards with local amateur dramatic groups

 “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ”

Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II

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Support Us

Don’t be deceived by our flashy site, we’re running this project on a bit of a shoestring.

We’ve had help from some religious orders and other donors for some of our projects, but we’ve also had to give this project a lot of our own time and money to help it develop.

We’re in the process of formally applying for funding for some of our projects to take them to the next level, but if you or anyone you know can help support us in any way please do get in touch with us below, and keep us in your prayers!

 

“It is often said nowadays that the present century thirsts for authenticity. Especially young people … they are searching above all for truth and honesty”

Pope Saint Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi

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Contact Us

Please do get in touch to find out more, or if you want to get involved!

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1 Barnard Grove,
London,
E15 4BD

 

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