Leeds Trinity University is hosting a weekend retreat for 200 young adults this weekend, including students, alumni and staff, as well as local parishioners and young people across the Leeds diocese.
The three day event, called 'Worthy', Youth 2000, is for anyone aged 16 – 35, of any faith with an aim of encouraging young people to experience God's love, to celebrate their faith, or to simply be open to seeking out answers.
Worthy, Youth 2000 includes inspiring talks, practical workshops, dynamic worship, as well as music, outdoor activities, discussion, prayer, liturgy, and genuine friendship and fun.
In preparation for the retreat, Leeds Trinity University staff and students have worked together to prepare refreshments and catering, lighting, set up, registration, music, liturgy, site management, and other key roles.
Hannah Hayward, Co-ordinating Lay Chaplain at Leeds Trinity University, said: "As well as being a fantastic event in itself, with a great number of our students, staff and alumni attending, it is a real University-wide effort in putting it on. It's the second year we've hosted the event and we are delighted to be involved again.
"The weekend is a truly authentic and dynamic experience of the Catholic Church. It's joyful, vibrant, youthful, open, life-giving, and beautiful. It is open to absolutely anyone whether they are a Catholic or not, and is a real opportunity for the University to embrace its Catholic faith foundation in a way that is engaging and inspiring for students today."
Rosie Milne, an Architecture student from Edinburgh University is a member of the national Youth 2000 leadership team and came to the first Leeds retreat last year. She said: "I'm really excited for everyone coming, there's always such a spirit of true joy and freedom present over the weekend that can be hard to find other places. These retreats create such a great space for people to encounter God in ways they hadn't expected, and I love seeing how people are transformed and made new as a result. I'm really thankful to be working with Leeds Trinity chaplaincy again this year as they did such a great job hosting us last year! We're all family here and everyone is welcome to be a part of it and receive what God has in store for them."