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Day 15: A Child in God’s Arms

 Naomi Ceairns, 25, is the assistant director at Soli House, a retreat centre for 14-18 year olds in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  She is orginally from the parish of Christ the King, Coventry but currently lives in community at Soli House with other 12 young people where she helps 1000s of young people each year […]

Day 14: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on the Lord!

Fr. Jan Nowotnik is parish priest of Our Lady & St. Brigid Parish, Northfield Birmingham. He has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham for nearly fifteen years. He studied at the English College in Valladolid and so has a love of things Spanish! He is the chaplain to the Birmingham Diocesan World Youth […]

Day 13: The Noble Task of Education

Andy Cavadino is a teacher at St Urban’s Catholic Primary School in Meanwood, North Leeds. He is also a catechist and musician, frequently appearing at Catholic events across the country. I still vividly remember turning on the television in a student flat in Manchester and seeing white smoke coming out of a chimney. So much […]

Day 12: Our Sweet Christ on Earth

Originally from “across the pond,” Sr. Mary Catherine OP is presently a 2nd year novice in initial formation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph in the New Forest and is currently working towards a B.A. Divinity with the Maryvale Institute.    Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of […]

CALLING ALL YOUNG CATHOLICS!!

Day 11: Back to Basics with Benedict

Collette is a Law student from Birmingham.  She helps lead 2nd Friday, an informal movement for young adults which focuses on discipleship and evangelisation.  At the time of the Papal Visit I was living a life so very distant from Christ and His Church.   Despite being given the Faith through my baptism, I lived as […]

Day 10: Habemus Grandpapam!

Dorothy Cummings McLean is a columnist, blogger and author of Seraphic Singles (in Poland, Anielskie Single). She has an M.Div and a M.A. in English Literature, both from the University of Toronto. Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Catholic Register, the UK Catholic Herald, the Notting Hill Journal and Scots Heritage Magazine. She is married and lives near Edinburgh, Scotland. For most […]

Day 9: From Cologne to Rome

John Waters is a first year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is currently studying at the Venerable English College, Rome. Every time I speak to my boyhood parish priest on the phone, he always says the same thing. “Well John, who’d have thought, all those years ago when you went to see the […]

Day 8: Different Doors

Alice Heans is a member of the Beckenham Ordinariate which is lead by her father who is an Ordinariate priest. She is currently studying for an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College. ‘Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, […]

Day 7: Not Your Average Pilgrim

Rachel Kidd, age 25, from Dundee in Scotland. Rachel works for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. She did a year with the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome, and is the Scottish co-ordinator for Night Fever. When I was first asked to write a blog post about how Pope Benedict has influenced […]

Day 6: We waited in hope and prayer

Fr James Bradley is a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which he serves as Communications Officer and Private Secretary to the Ordinary. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2011 and sang the gospel for Pope Benedict XVI at the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Madrid that […]

Day 5: Accepting Benedict’s Challenge

Michaela Blackwell is a 1st year medical student at the University of Cardiff. Michaela was part of the 2011-12 volunteer team at Soli House, a retreat centre for 14-18 year olds in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. I was very unfortunate back in the summer of 2011 not to go to WYD in Madrid, and the decision […]

Day 4: Joseph! Joseph!

Fr. Paul Moss is the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  He proclaimed the Gospel at Blessed John Paul II’s requiem Mass, where Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) presided. I first met Pope Benedict when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger back in 1999. It was during my first year as a seminarian training for […]

Day 3: Saying “Yes” to the Cross

Charles Bradshaw is 21 years old and based in Oxford, Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is currently discerning a vocation to the priesthood. “My heart desires to love Thee Lord” It is early on a cool Palm Sunday morning back in 2008 that I find myself a few centimetres away from the High Altar on St […]

Day 2: Service by name, Service by nature

Ryan Service is a 25 year old 1st year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College Rome. Holy Father, thank you! Sitting on cold and hard pavement stones outside Westminster Cathedral on a crisp September morning in 2010, something within me changed. There was no […]

Day 1: A Journey to Love

Lisette Carr is a French teacher, youth worker living in Dublin. She is currently studying for an MA in Marriage and Family at Maryvale Institute. She writes a blog about good things happening in the Catholic world at www.catholicismrocks.wordpress.com. With Collette, she is co-editrix of the GenerationBenedict blog. Shock and sadness swept through the worldwide Catholic community on Monday […]

Welcome to GenerationBenedict

Pope Benedict has been responsible for the conversion, reversion, vocation and the deepening of faith of many young Catholics. At the time of his visit to the UK, many Catholics were luke-warm, even living their lives completely at odds to the Church. During this visit, and also World Youth Days in Sydney and Madrid, he […]