Tag Archive | Pope Benedict

Day 40: Generation Benedict, Looking Forward

Collette is a Law student from Birmingham.  She helps lead 2nd Friday, an informal movement for young adults which focuses on discipleship and evangelisation. With Lisette Carr, she is co-editrix of the GenerationBenedict blog. I had no idea what would become of the #generationbenedict blog when I sent a message to Lise on the eve of […]

Day 37: Generation Benedict, Looking Back

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.   On Shrove Tuesday, Collette and I had the idea […]

Day 36: Jesus Thou Art All Compassion

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald. In June 1969 a man drove through the streets of Bradford. His wife had left him and he was driving to his death. The traffic lights turned red. As he paused and glared at the summer sun, soaking in despair, the music floating through the wide-open […]

Day 35: I saw God’s Love in Pope Benedict’s Eyes

Paschal Uche, 23, is studying pharmacy. In September 2010, he addressed the Pope on behalf of the young people in Westminster Piazza. People often joke about me having a personal friendship with the Pope after having met him some two years ago on his visit to the UK. In fact one priest friend sometimes calls […]

Day 33: Meeting Benedict on the train to Dublin

Rev. Paul Murphy, 29, is deacon of the Archdiocese of Armagh.  He will be ordained to the priesthood in June. When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected to the papacy I was an Art History student at Trinity College, Dublin. I had come across the Cardinal’s name in newspaper articles and knew precious little else about him. […]

Day 32: Young, Catholic and Professional

Jennifer Baugh, from Dallas, Texas, is the Founder and President of Young Catholic Professionals. She is passionate about encouraging a culture of Catholic community in all aspects of our lives, especially in the workplace. At the age of 24, I had just graduated from a rigorous MBA program and was set to embark on an intense […]

Day 26: Lessons from a Gentle Teacher

Joe Hopkins is currently the Lay Catholic Chaplain at the University of Nottingham, soon to be the School Chaplain at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, Nottingham. Joe is very passionate about the importance of Chaplaincy in Education and working with young people. He is also proud Irishman… from Derby!  www.catholic-community.org.uk As I begin to write […]

Day 25: Part of Something Real

Becca Evenhuis is a 20-year-old Theology student, studying in Chester (but will always be a Londoner at heart!). She is a part-time Taylor Swift enthusiast, with a passion for children’s ministry and her lovely dog Henry. I am so proud to say that I am part of the BXVI generation. During his time as Pope, Benedict XVI […]

Day 18: Living Differently

Fran, 21, is orginally from the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. She is currently studying Theology at Leeds Trinity. Having been brought up in a Catholic family, going to Mass every Sunday with my parents and brothers, you’d think I’d have always had some devotion to our Holy Father. I’m afraid not. Don’t get me […]

Homage book on Vatican website

Today’s a day of rest on the GenerationBenedict blog…. Why not check out the Homage to Benedict book on the Vatican website. It’s filled with inspiring quotes from Pope Emeritus Benedict, which link directly to the documents they’re from (in case you want to read further!) and absolutely wonderful pictures!

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 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 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 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 […]