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Youth conference set for Liverpool

John Griffin, organiser of Embrace Liverpool

Embrace Liverpool, a major conference for young adults, is set take place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on November 1. The conference will run from 10am to 6pm.

Set up by Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts student John Griffin, Embrace Liverpool will be a day to celebrate the faith of young people from across Britain with activities, workshops, keynote speakers, Adoration, Confession, and praise and worship. The event will conclude at 4pm with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool.

A song has been written for the event by Mike Anderson, composer of hymns including Sing It In The Valleys.

Mr Griffin, 21, said: “Mike has written an anthem, Embrace the World, which we’ve recorded and put on our website, so that, hopefully, people will come to the conference knowing it.”

The programme for the day will also include addresses from Fr Dermot Donnelly, chairman of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, Sister Catherine Holum, a Franciscan Sister of the Renewal who competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics as a member of the US speed skating team, and the former gangster John Pridmore.

Workshops will be led by Lord Alton, Fr Duncan McVicar, Dominican Sister of St Joseph Maria Natella, the Knights of St Columba and prison chaplain Ken McCabe.