In January 2023 a new group of young leaders emerged from the Cork Diocesan Youth Council’s Leaders in Training Course. This is the third group in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, to complete the course. Leaders in Training is offered through the YMCA Cork and facilitated by Isla Jeffers and the Diocesan Youth Officer Hilda Connolly.
Each group has to run their own event as part of their final assessment. On 27th November 2022, this year’s group took over St Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery and ran their own Advent Youth Service. It came about, after a needs assessment with their friends and peers, that the theme of the service would be called “Great Expectations”.
The group organized the service in a way to expect the unexpected. And they certainly achieved that. Through drama, music and activity stations around the church they demonstrated the pressures teens are under.
On Saturday 26th August 2023, at a BBQ in Bishop Colton’s garden to celebrate CDYC’s 20th Anniversary, the opportunity was taken to present some of the Leaders in Training students with their Certificates. All of them achieved amazing results from their 8 week course.
Well done to all the Leaders in Training groups on completing the course and for continuing to be part of youth activities and youth groups across the Diocese.